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Photograph of the D.A. Thomas


Image - Photograph of the D.A. Thomas
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Nom de l'objet : Photograph of the D.A. Thomas
Catégorie de l'objet : Communication Artifacts
Sous-catégorie de l'objet : Documentary Artifact, Graphic Documents
Matériaux : Paper
Numéro d'accession : 87.1489.30
Nom de la collection : Archives
Province d'origine : Alberta
Pays d'origine : Canada
Continent d'origine : North America
Municipalité d'utilisation : Peace River
Province d'utilisation : Alberta
Pays d'utilisation : Canada
Continent d'utilisation : North America
Culture : Canadian
Date de début de production : 1916-05-31
Date de fin de production : 1930-05-31
Description : Sepia toned photograph of the S.S. D.A. Thomas. To the left of the D.A. Thomas is the S.S. Athabasca River (Winnipeg). This picture would have been taken sometime between 1916 (when the D.A. Thomas was launched) and 1930 (when the D.A. Thomas was removed from the water).
Commentaires : The D.A. Thomas was built in 1916 by George Askew at West Peace River. It was launched on May 31, 1916 (Where Go The Boats, p. 12). It was a monster at 161.9 feet long, 37 feet wide, and 90 feet tall. She was first owned by the D.A. Thomas Co., then by the Alberta and Arctic Transportation Company in 1921, a subsidiary of Lamson and Hubbard Canadian, and then in 1924 the Hudson's Bay Company bought out all of the Lamson and Hubbard holdings (Where Go The Boats, p. 14-15). Her final resting place was at Fort Fitzgerald in May of 1930, where her engines were sold for scrap, her boilers went into other boats, her wheelhouse became an office for the Ryan Brothers and the rest of her rotten on the beach. "To clear the beach, during the Canol project, the huge wheelshaft was buried". (Where Go the Boats, p. 15). That wheelshaft is now at the Peace River Museum. The Hudson's Bay Company had the S.S. Athabasca River built at Athabasca Landing to replace the S.S. Peace River. It was launched in July 1912 for passenger and freight service on the upper Athabasca from the landing to Grand Rapids. In 1914, she conquered the Grand Rapids, the first steamer ever to do so, made possibly by a high stage of water. The next winter, she was hauled over the ice at the Vermilion Chutes and her machinery removed and portaged 22 miles. During high water, she was brought through the Vermilion Rapids to serve the upper Peace for 4 seasons. In 1918, no longer being needed, the S.S. Athabasca River was pulled from the water in Peace River. In 1919, her machinery was removed and the hull left on the beach for at least 10 years (Where Go the Boats, p. 12). This donation of postcards and photographs was donated by Ernie Skip, who acquired them from a Mrs. MacRae, thought to be Pearl MacRae. Pearl Hazzard married Wilson MacRae and they had an adopted daughter, Greta MacRae, now Greta Picard (2010). Wilson was the post master in Peace River. It is thought to be Pearl MacRae because she lived only a few doors down from Mr. Skip, one of the postcards has the name Pearl on it, and the dates of the photographs coincide with the times that Wilson and Pearl would have been in Peace River.
Hauteur : 7,0
Largeur : 11,5
Unité de mesure linéaire : cm
Nombre d'objets : 1
Sujet ou image : MacRae
Water Transportation
Skip
Département : Archives
Établissement : Peace River Museum, Archives and Mackenzie Centre
Ville de l'établissement : Peace River
Province de l'établissement : Alberta
Site web de l'établissement : http://peaceriver.ca/parks-rec/museum/  

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