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Finding Aid to the Beaver (Passenger Vessel) Photograph, 1870
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  • Summary

    Title: Beaver (passenger vessel) photograph,
    Date: 1870
    Collection No: P05-003
    Creator: Provincial Archives of British Columbia

    Extent: 1 item.
    Repository: 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
    Language: In English.

    Indexing Terms

    The following are indexing terms related to the description of this collection.
    Beaver (Steamship)

    Photography of ships

    Photographic print

    Information for Researchers

    Access Information

    This collection is open for research.

    Access Information

    Condition Restrictions

    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.
    Preferred Citation
    [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/Project Information

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

    Administrative Information


    Historical Note

    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.

    Custodial History

    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.

    Administrative Information

    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."


    No arrangement.