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British Columbia's entry into Confederation in 1871 was based on the condition that the construction of a transcontinental railway begin within 2 years and completed within 10 years. The contract was awarded to the partners of Donald Smith, J.J. Hill, and George Stephen. The Canadian Pacific Railway Company was incorporated in 1881. Under the management of W.C. Van Horne, construction moved rapidly across the plains. However, construction throughout the Canadian Shield almost equalled in difficulty the construction through the mountains of B.C. Despite numerous setbacks, the last spike was driven at Craigellachie in Eagle Pass on 7 November 1885. During construction of the railway, the C.P.R. became involved in the sale and settlement of land, the acquisition of the Dominion Express Company, and the acceptance of commercial telegraph messages. The company also constructed numerous tourist hotels and dining halls along its route through the western mountains. These hotels and dining halls were the starting point from which the company later began their international development of hotels, steamships, and airlines.
Canadian Pacific became involved with Pacific Shipping as early as 1891. It had interests in, not only Trans-Pacific shipping, but also coastal steamers (B.C. Coastal Steamers) and B.C. inland water steamers (B.C. Lake and River Steamers).
(See also: Canadian Pacific Steamship Lines).
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Fonds consists of documents and ephemera related to Canadian Pacific Railway Company, including B.C. Coast Steamship travel, Atlantic travel, and rail travel.
Christmas cards of B.C. Coast Service ships.
Book titled "Regulations for the Navigation of the British Columbia Coast Service Steamships of the Canadian Pacific Railway Company: General Instructions", ca. 1900.
Menu from the commander's dinner titled "Carnival Nights on Board SS Princess Norah, a Canadian Pacific Cruise Along the Shores of Canada's West Coast Wonderland".
Empress of Britain souvenir booklet, menu, and passenger list, a Canadian Pacific folder, and an Empress of Britain deck plan, ca. 1956.
CPR projection negatives, ca. 1918?
Canadian Pacific Steamship Line souvenir magazine regarding the Empress of the Atlantic voyage from the St. Lawrence to Europe.
Folder of Canadian Pacific images.
Programme of entertainment aboard RMS Empress of Ireland 13 February 1912, booklet discussing the use of oil for calming rough seas dating to the 1890s, 1928 CPR department of colonization and development booklet, Yarrows Limited bulletins from 1947 and 1948, and Yarrows review dating from 1967 and 1968.
Canadian Pacific Steamship Line menu.
Brochure titled "Go Empress to Europe" regarding Canadian Pacific Steamship Lines RMS Empress of Canada, and a pamphlet advertising the British Columbia Coast Steamships route, ca. 1940s?
Blank TEV Princess Patricia stationary and CP Rail, Coastal Marine Operations 100th anniversary celebration on board M/V Princess of Vancouver package, dated 2 May 1981.
Postcard of a drawing of the CPR pier in Vancouver, B.C. with a CPR steamer sailing from Victoria to Seattle.
Postcard of an unnamed CPR ship.
Canadian Pacific Railway timetables and Canadian Pacific airlines maps.
Canadian Pacific Railway SS Princess Charlotte luncheon menu that has been cut and used as a postcard.
Coronation day menus for Canadian Pacific Victoria, Seattle, Vancouver service.
Souvenir booklet for the maiden voyage of RMS Empress of Japan, ca. 1930.
Documents and photographs related to Canadian Pacific Railway passenger steamship service, including an introductory letter, visitor information booklets, a menu, a Christmas card, and postcards featuring images of various vessels dating to the 1950s.
Breakfast menu for Canadian Pacific British Columbia Coast Steamship Service SS Princess of Vancouver.
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- Canadian Pacific Railway Company (Creator)
- Canadian Pacific Railway British Columbia Coast Steamship Service (Subject)
- Canadian Pacific Steamship Lines (Subject)
- SS Princess Maquinna (ship) (Subject)
- SS Princess Victoria (ship) (Subject)
- SS Princess Norah (ship) (Subject)
- Yarrows Shipbuilding Limited (Subject)
- RMS Empress of Britain (ship) (Subject)
- TEV Princess Patricia (ship) (Subject)
- RMS Empress of Canada (ship) (Subject)
- Canadian Pacific Airlines (Subject)
- SS Princess Charlotte (ship) (Subject)
- RMS Empress of Japan (ship) (Subject)
- SS Princess Elizabeth (ship) (Subject)
- SS Princess Mary (ship) (Subject)
- SS Princess Joan (ship) (Subject)
- SS Tutshi (ship) (Subject)
- TSMV Princess of Vancouver (ship) (Subject)