Beaver on the Bottom

SS Beaver April 29th 2014

SS Beaver April 29th 2014

The replica of the SS Beaver which has been tied up in Cowichan bay since last June,  rolled over and sank Wednesday (May 7th 2014) evening at around 8:30pm. It is currently estimated to be in 60 to 80 feet of water. Nothing much visible above the water, it is speculated that it’s laying on it’s side on the bottom.

Some wreckage evident on the surface, however observers from the motor-vessel Kalisa reported no fuel or oil slicks thus far. Obviously it is a bit early to begin assessing environmental damage at this point. Light was fading on the scene shortly after the ship took her plunge. Previous reports seemed to indicate that there was no fuel and very little lubricant aboard the vessel.

In November the vessel caused trouble when it dragged anchor in a storm, and smashed tail first into the assembly wharf. It’s engines were not operative when it was towed here in June of 2013. From there it was moved to the pilings where it remained afloat, it’s list gradually increasing with each passing rain storm.

The replica Beaver was built in 1966 by the Royal Canadian Navy from a disused ammo carrier. The vessel is made of steel, with the wooden planking fastened to a metal framework which is welded to the hull exterior. The effect was to mimic the look of the original SS Beaver, the first steam powered ship to work our West Coast.

The project was the Navy’s contribution to the celebration of the Colonial Union Centennial Celebrations of Vancouver Island and the colony on mainland British Columbia.


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  1. P Henderson
    May 8th, 2014 at 06:33 | #1

    Bloody disgraceful. That ship ought to have been removed ages ago. Now its going to cost a regular bloody mint to haul it up and then away. Where is our bloody coast gaurd. Good at mincing about with inspections and other nonsense. bloody missed the boat this time didn’t they? How many other crap vessels are there sitting in bays and harbours waiting to go down as well.

    This is all government bungling, buckpassing bullshit.

  2. Time Lapse Productions
    May 11th, 2014 at 07:20 | #2

    This is the last video I filmed of the SS Beaver the day before she sank.

  3. Time Lapse Productions
    May 11th, 2014 at 07:31 | #3

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