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Category:Beaver (ship, 1835)


  • Type:Steamship, brigantine rigged sails.
  • Design by:
  • Order date:
  • Built by: Blackwall, England
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  • Keel laid:
  • Hull: wood – English and African oak
  • Launch date:
  • Date of completion: 1835
  • Length over all: 30.7 m
  • LPP: m
  • Beam: 6.1 m
  • Draught: 2.56 m
  • GRT: 190
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  • Main engine: twin sidelever engines rated at 35 hp each that drove two 13’ (3.9 m) diameter paddlewheels.
  • Speed: kn
  • Armament: 4 brass cannons


  • 1835 Named: BEAVER for the Hudson’s Bay Company (HBC)
  • Sailed to Fort Vancouver (Vancouver, Washington) where the engine was assembled and paddlewheels mounted.
  • 16.05.1836 Steam engine was fired up for the first time.
  • 1852 Sat idle
  • 1863 Chartered by the Royal Navy under the command of Lt Daniel Pender and was used to chart the British Columbia coast
  • 1870 Sold to a consortium that became British Columbia Towing and Transportation Company in 1874 and towed barges, log booms and sailing vessels
  • 25.07.1888 Ran aground on Prospect Point, Stanley Park in Burrard Inlet, Vancouver. Striped of fittings and metal. Charles McCain removed about 500 kg of bronze and copper fittings he later turned into memorabilia such as coins, key chains and jewelry.
  • 1892 The ship’s boiler and paddlewheel shafts were salvaged and the hull finally broke apart.
  • The Vancouver Maritime Museum has an exhibit featuring Beaver’s anchor, paddlewheel shaft, and boiler.
  • Wreck site of Beaver is currently used to train underwater archaeologists by the Underwater Archaeology Society of BC

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