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Finding Aid to the Yukon Stern-Wheelers Postcard Collection, 1970
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  • Summary

    Title: Yukon stern-wheelers postcard collection,
    Date: 1970
    Collection No: P05-034
    Creator: Brown, Richard E.

    Extent: 8 items.
    Repository: San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park (Calif.)
    Historic Documents Department
    Building E, Fort Mason
    San Francisco, California 94123
    Abstract: This collection of 8 postcards of Yukon stern-wheelers.
    Physical Location: Historic Documents Department
    Language: In English.

    Indexing Terms

    The following are indexing terms related to the description of this collection.



    Photographic postcards

    Information for Researchers

    Access Information

    This collection is open for research.

    Access Information

    Condition Restrictions

    There are no restrictions based on the condition of this material. However, 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.
    Preferred Citation
    [Item title or description including date]. Yukon stern-wheelers postcard collection, P05-034. [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/Project Information

    Processing and Cataloging
    Processed by Charles Miller and completed 5/10/2005.
    ANCS+ Catalog No. SAFR 20726.

    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 20726 at http://www.museum.nps.gov/safr/page.htm. Do not include the acronym "SAFR" in the search.

    Administrative Information


    Historical Note

    The White Pass and Yukon Railway, from Skagway, Alaska to Whitehorse, Yukon Territory, started in the 1890s, and owned most of the steamboats that went up and down the Yukon River. The company's narrow-gauge trains met incoming ocean steamers at Skagway, Alaska, and transported them to Whitehorse, where passengers transferred to a stern-wheeler for the trip downriver to Dawson.
    TUTSHI was built in 1917. She was retired in the 1950s, and eventually bought to Carcross, Yukon, and restored. She was destroyed by arsonist in 1990. The remains have been cleaned up and left in place.
    YUKONER was built in the 1890s for Canadian Pacific. She was laid up in the early 1900s, and remained on the beach at Whitehorse, Yukon, until the mid 1950s, when she was torn up for firewood.
    CASCA was built in 1937, and was the third ship with her name. She was taken out of service in 1952, and was destroyed in a fire on June 20, 1974 that also destroyed the WHITEHORSE.
    WHITEHORSE was built in 1901. She was taken out of service in 1955.
    KLONDIKE was built 1937, from the parts of an earlier stern-wheeler, also named KLONDIKE, which had ran aground at the confluence of the Teslin and Yukon rivers. The KLONDIKE was operated along the 460-mile route between Whitehorse and Dawson City until 1955. She had become a Parks Canada National Historic Site at Whitehorse, Yukon by 1973.
    KENO, built 1922 at Whitehorse by the British Yukon Navigation Company. She was the last steamer to run the Yukon River, sailing from Whitehorse to her final resting place in Dawson City in 1960. Parks Canada National Historic Site in Dawson City, Yukon.

    Custodial History

    The collection was donated to the San Francisco Maritime Museum by Richard E. Brown, on August 2, 1973. The materials were accessioned into the National Park Service when the museum was made a unit of Golden Gate National Recreation Area (GOGA-735) and then were transferred to San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park after the establishment of the new park in 1989 (SAFR-1).


    Accession number SAFR-00001.

    Administrative Information

    Scope and Content

    This collection of 8 postcards of Yukon stern-wheelers.
    Each of the postcards has a detailed annotation typed on the back.


    Item Inventory

    1. Color photographic postcard, stern-wheeler TUTSHI at Carcross, Yukon Territory.

    2. Black-and-white photographic postcard, YUKONER.

    3. Color photographic postcard, CASCA and WHITEHORSE.

    4. Color photographic postcard, with beveled edges, KENO, on one of its last voyages down the

    Yukon River to Dawson City. Photo taken in 1960.

    5. Color photographic postcard, KLONDIKE, CASCA, WHITEHORSE, beached at Whitehorse,


    6. Black-and-white photographic postcard, CASCA, October 11, 1908 [note, this is a different ship named CASCA than the one in the previous card].

    7. Color photographic postcard, with beveled edges, KENO at Dawson City.

    8. Color photographic postcard, with beveled edges, KLONDIKE, on Yukon River near Carcross.