S.S. Tutshi

  • The SS Tutshi was built by the British Yukon Navigation Company in 1917 at Carcross and was pulled out of service in 1955.
  • Construction of the WP&YR railway began on May 28, 1898 at Skagway and took 26 months to complete from tidewater Alaska to Whitehorse, Yukon.
  • The first southern lakes sternwheelers were constructed on the shores of Lake Bennett during the Klondike Gold Rush.
  • The southern lakes became a popular tourist attraction for Inland Passage travellers who could afford an excursion into the interior.
  • The Yukon steamers were all sternwheelers rather than sidewheelers.
  • The first steamboat, tested in 1807, was heralded as "the wonder of the age".
  • Tagish Lake contains a number of reefs and sand bars especially at Golden Gate where Taku Arm and Taku Inlet meet.
  • The Carcross and Tagish people gathered at Tagish and the mouth of the McClintock River to trade and fish, and camped by the Natasaheen River when the woodland caribou migrated across the river.
  • The pieces rescued from the 1990 fire represent the hundreds of metres of steam line and equipment that made the SS Tutshi an efficient and comfortable vessel.
  • "Scotia Mac" John McDonald joined the BYN Co. after working on a number of steamers for numerous organizations starting in 1896, mostly on Kootenay Lake in British Columbia.
  • Map of West Taku Arm and Whitehorse Districts

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