Information for Researchers
Title: Beaver (passenger vessel) photograph,
Collection No: P05-003
Provincial Archives of British Columbia
San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park (Calif.)
Historic Documents Department
Building E, Fort Mason
San Francisco, California 94123
Abstract: The collection consists of 1 (8 x 10 in.) photographic print of the steamer BEAVER, in 1870.
Physical Location: Historic Documents Department
The following are indexing terms related to the description of this collection.
Photography of ships
Information for Researchers
This collection is open for research.
The print is in fair condition and should be handled with care.
You should be aware that access to collection material is always at the discretion of NPS curatorial staff if the condition
warrants restricting the access and handling of the collection items at any time.
Conditions of Use
The San Francisco Maritime NHP possesses physical property rights through ownership of the materials. However, copyright may
reside with the individual or corporate body responsible for the creation of the materials, or with their heirs. It is the
user's responsibility to respect the provisions of the copyright law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code).
Permission to reproduce or publish from this collection must be secured by the user from the copyright holders.
[Item title or description including date]. Beaver (passenger vessel) photograph, P05-003. [Location within collection organization
identified by container number, series number, file unit number, or item number]. Historic Documents Department, San Francisco
Maritime National Historical Park.
Processing and Cataloging
Processed by Charles Miller and completed 3/1/2005.
ANCS+ Catalog No. SAFR 20075.
The collection is cataloged in the National Park Service (NPS) Automated National Catalog System (ANCS+). A portion of the
ANCS+ catalog record can be viewed on the NPS
Museum Collections on the Web Catalog
by searching on the catalog number 20075 at
. Do not include the acronym "SAFR" in the search.
The steamer BEAVER was built in 1835 in London by Green, Wigrams & Green, for the Hudson's Bay Company. After sailing around
Cape Horn as a Brigantine, she was refitted as a steamship at Fort Vancouver, and became the first steamship on the west coast
of North America in 1836.
BEAVER worked chiefly in the Gulf of Georgia and Puget Sound, and her home port was moved from Fort Vancouver to Fort Victoria
(now Victoria) on Vancouver Island in 1846. In 1853, she was relegated to passenger and cargo work.
She was laid up from 1860 to 1862, and was chartered by the Royal Navy for survey work along the coasts of Vancouver Island
and British Columbia from 1863 to 1870. In 1874, she was sold to the British Columbia Towing and Transportation Company. BEAVER
towed barges, log booms and sailing vessels lying off Cape Flaherty until February 1883, when she went aground off Burrard
Inlet. She was sold several times, but not put back in service until 1888. On July 25, 1888, she ran aground on Prospect Point
in the Burrard Inlet in Vancouver. She was gradually stripped of her machinery, and the hull eventually sank. The site of
the wreck was mapped by the Underwater Archeology Society of British Columbia in the 1990s.
Accession No. SAFR-1 was transferred to San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park from Golden Gate National Recreation
Area which acquired the collection from the San Francisco Maritime Museum when it became a unit of the National Park Service.
While the photographer is unknown the print was most likely acquired by the San Francisco Maritime Museum from the Archives
of British Columbia.
Accession number SAFR-00001.
Scope and Content
The collection consists of 1 (8 x 10 in.) photographic print of the steamer BEAVER, in 1870.
Hand-written on the back of the print is: "S.S. Beaver, 1870. Came to Victoria in 1839 around the Horn from England." The
back of the print is also stamped "Archives of British Columbia."