The SS Princess Sophia of the Canadian Pacific Steamship Company met her ill-fate in October 1918 when she hit Vanderbilt Reef in the Lynn Canal along the coast of Alaska. She sat on the Reef for 40 hours in rough seas and raging storms until she eventually slipped off the Reef into her watery grave, taking all human life on board with her. It remains the largest marine tragedy in the history of the Pacific Northwest.
The SS Princess Sophia Exhibit commemorates the sinking of the Princess Sophia. She traveled regularly from her home port in Victoria, BC up to Skagway, AK, with stops along the way. Communities in BC, Yukon, and Alaska relied quite heavily on this route to travel. When tragedy struck, all three jurisdictions were impacted heavily and in unique ways.
Now, 100 years later, the three jurisdictions are uniting to commemorate this marine disaster along the Pacific Northwest coast that took more than 350 lives and impacted countless more. Have a look through princesssophia.org to learn about the history of the Princess Sophia, as well as details for the Exhibition including travelling plans, partnering organizations, and ways to get involved.
The SS Princess Sophia Exhibit runs March 31 to May 6, 2018.