BEAVER was the first steamboat on the north Pacific coast. Built in 1835 near London, England, for the HBC, it was 31 m long with a pair of 35 hp engines powering paddlewheels on either side. It arrived at Fort Vancouver on the COLUMBIA R on 10 Apr 1836 after sailing from England, and the paddles were installed at the fort. The HBC used the ship to supply posts, collect furs and explore the coast. In Nov 1858 it carried dignitaries to FORT LANGLEY to officiate at the ceremonies marking the...

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