The Sinking of the Princess Sophia: Taking the North Down with Her

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On October 23, 1918, a storm rose and the Canadian Pacific steamer Princess Sophia ran aground on Vanderbilt Reef, northwest of Juneau, Alaska. Tragically, there were no survivors. The 353 aboard represented a significant cross-section of the population of the Yukon and Alaska, and their loss was a heavy blow to a society that, with the end of the gold rush, was already in decline. This book tells the dramatic stories of many of the passengers, how they had gone to the north, what they did there, and why they ...

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Overview

On October 23, 1918, a storm rose and the Canadian Pacific steamer Princess Sophia ran aground on Vanderbilt Reef, northwest of Juneau, Alaska. Tragically, there were no survivors. The 353 aboard represented a significant cross-section of the population of the Yukon and Alaska, and their loss was a heavy blow to a society that, with the end of the gold rush, was already in decline. This book tells the dramatic stories of many of the passengers, how they had gone to the north, what they did there, and why they were leaving that fall, and sheds light on a little-known aspect of Alaska's history.

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Reprint of the Century Co. edition of 1899. At 2:00 A.M. on October 24, 1918, the Canadian Pacific steamer Princess Sophia, enroute from Skagway, Alaska to Vancouver and Victoria, ran aground on Vanderbilt Reef, leaving no survivor among the 353 miners, businessmen, civil servants, their wives and children, as well as crew members. This social history traces many of their stories--how they had gone to the north, what they did there, why they were leaving that fall. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780912006505
  • Publisher: University of Alaska Press
  • Publication date: 3/1/1991
  • Series: TRANSPORTATION
  • Edition description: 1
  • Pages: 220
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.70 (d)

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