The steamship graveyard at West Dawson

This old photograph was taken many years ago, of course; the steamship graveyard of today is a tangled mess of rotten wood and metal parts of the once-elegant steamers of the past.

This old photograph was taken many years ago, of course; the steamship graveyard of today is a tangled mess of rotten wood and metal parts of the once-elegant steamers of the past.

I believe one steamer there is the Clifford Sifton, which ran through Miles Canyon and the dangerous Whitehorse Rapids around 1900.

The graveyard once consisted of other steamers, such as the Seattle No. 3, the Julia B, the Marcy F. Graff, the Tyrell and the Victorian. There was one more, I don’t know its name, but I believe

there were “Seven large sternwheelers that lay in closely packed lines on shore. These vessels displayed complete hulls, some engines, banks of boilers, various intact tiller and rudder systems,

hog post and king posts.”

The quote is part of the text from the Yukon River survey photograph. It’s part of the Jim Robb Collection.

Anyone with information about this subject, please write Jim Robb: The Colourful Five Per Cent Scrapbook – Can You Identify? c/o the

Yukon News, 211 Wood Street, Whitehorse,

Yukon,  Y1A 2E4, or e-mail through the News website, www.yukon-news.com.

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