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Re: S.S. Princess Sophia 1918
Posted by: Cathy Stapleton Date: June 05, 2001 at 08:51:32
In Reply to: Re: S.S. Princess Sophia 1918 by Dawn Samson of 2383

Hi Dawn,

Thanks for writing. The book "Personality Ships of British Columbia" by Ruth Greene was published in 1969 by Marine Tapestry Publications Ltd. in West Vancouver, BC. There were very few copies of this book published (our copy is from the second printing which brought the number of copies printed to 5000 altogether). This book has been out of print for many, many years and your best bet to find it would be to try a used book store. Good luck.

The book does not mention the name of the cemetary in Juneau, but I would think that there were probably only one or two cemetaries in Juneau at the turn of the 19th century so you might try finding out which cemetaries in Juneau were around back then.

Articles that I have read in a variety of books suggest that there were at least 40 or more bodies that were never recovered. And many of these articles state that the bodies of the Asian people that were on board were never brought out of the sunken ship when the divers went down there to recover bodies.

There is one other book that I know of that has some information on the Princess Sophia. It's original title is "The Pacific Princesses: An Illustrated History Of Canadian Pacific Railway's Princess Fleet On The Northwest Coast". It was written by Robert D. Turner in 1977 and published by Sono Nis Press. I recently saw this book listed with a different title in a list of the top 10 British Columbian publications. I think it might have appeared in the Mix section of the Vancouver Sun. Try the May 19 or May 26 issues.

My great-grandfather's body was among those that were brought to Pier D in Vancouver on November 11, 1918. My grandmother has vivid memories of the day that her mother, sisters, brother and herself went there to claim his body. A pretty somber thing to be doing on the day that the rest of the world was celebrating the end of "The War To End All Wars".

I've been trying to find out when this documentary is going to be aired but I can't find out a thing about it. Have you heard anything?

It was nice to hear from you, if you hear anything else, just post a follow-up to this message.

"Remember The Sophia"

Cathy Stapleton
Great-Granddaughter of Fireman W.C. Dibble, crewman aboard the Sophia


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