If I purchase an item in an antique store, I always ask the vendor if they know any history or story attached to it. In most cases this question will draw a blank, but sometimes it will spark a story and something interesting may be learned from it. A few years ago my friend Ian, a fellow collector, and I stopped at a little rustic mall in the town of Coombs on Vancouver Island. One of the town’s main attractions was a restaurant and store with a sod roof, the sod was manicured by a few goats which happily grazed upon it. Next to the mall was a lovely old log home converted to an antique store and a couple of old buildings which housed another antique store and a bakery. Both antique stores contained a wide assortment of items which appealed to a variety of collector's interests.
It is a sad story but a common one showing the hazards of navigating the west coast of North America.
The following excerpt is from the website "Cruising the Past" (link highlighted below).
"The early CPNC ship Islander set the precedent for the Princess ships that would become the backbone of the eventual CPR fleet servicing the BC coast and Alaska. When built, she was the most luxurious vessel on the west coast.
She began cruising to Alaska in 1889, when the arrival of a steamer as elegant as Islander was a big event. Her career ended suddenly when carrying gold and passengers south from Skagway on July 13, 1892. The ship sank after hitting a submerged rock or drifting iceberg;
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