Paddlewheel Steamboats

PADDLEWHEEL STEAMBOATS plied the RIVERS, LAKES and coastal waters of BC from 1836, when the HBC sidewheeler BEAVER arrived from England, to 1980 when the sternwheel snag boat Samson V was retired. The original wooden steamboats were sidewheelers, active on the coast until the end of the 19th century, when advances in design favoured the use of screw-propelled vessels, but because they needed docks for landing and were difficult to manoeuvre, sidewheelers were little used on Interior lakes and...

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