we made it through

The steamer Clifford Sifton had been running on Lake Bennett and the other waters leading to the head of Whitehorse Rapids.

The steamer Clifford Sifton had been running on Lake Bennett and the other waters leading to the head of Whitehorse Rapids.

It ran through, shooting through both canyon and rapids, in July 1900.

Thank you very much to Michael Steffens of Dawson City and Samson Hartland of Whitehorse for the following letters…

Dear Mr. Robb:

I would like to give you some details about the sternwheeler shown in the issue of July 30.

According to Stan Cohen’s book, Yukon River Steamboats, the boat shown is the Clifford Sifton shooting down Miles Canyon on July 24, 1900.

The boat was built on Lake Bennett in 1898, and later joined the fleet of sternwheelers operating between Whitehorse and Dawson. The C. Sifton was later converted into a barge.

In 1916, she was damaged by ice in Sunnydale Slough, just above Dawson City.

Another boat, the Pauline, was damaged there as well. (See Mike Rourke’s Yukon River: Marsh Lake to Dawson City, Houston, BC, 2006 (Revised edition) Rourke also confirms that the Clifford Sifton was navigated safely through Miles Canyon and the Whitehorse Rapids in 1900 (by Hill and Sydney Barrington).

Apparently, several steamboats made it safely through the rapids, especially after the completion of the White Pass & Yukon Route, in 1900 — when the presence of sternwheelers on the Southern Lakes became, more or less, obsolete.

Yours Truly,

Michael Steffens

Dawson City

Hello Jim,

Here is some info I found about the steamer Clifford Sifton from Murray Lundberg in Carcross. “The Clifford Sifton, a 120-foot- long sternwheeler, was built at Bennett in 1898-1899. On July 24, 1900, she was run through Miles Canyon.

“She worked between Whitehorse and Dawson until 1904 when she was destroyed by ice during spring breakup in Dawson.”

I would then garner that this was her maiden voyage on July 24, 1900.

Hope this helps.

Samson Hartland

Whitehorse

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

d
Wyatt’s World

Wyatt’s World for March 5, 2021.

g
Yukonomist: School competition ramps up in the Yukon

It’s common to see an upstart automaker trying to grab share from… Continue reading

The Yukon government responded to a petition calling the SCAN Act “draconian” on Feb. 19. (Yukon News file)
Yukon government accuses SCAN petitioner of mischaracterizing her eviction

A response to the Jan. 7 petition was filed to court on Feb. 19

City councillor Samson Hartland in Whitehorse on Dec. 3, 2018. Hartland has announced his plans to run for mayor in the Oct. 21 municipal election. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)
Councillor sets sights on mayor’s chair

Hartland declares election plans

Whitehorse RCMP will provide internet safety training due to an uptick of child luring offences. (iStock photo)
RCMP hosting internet safety webinars for parents and caregivers

The webinars will take place on March 23 and 25

Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Brendan Hanley receives his first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine from Public Health Nurse Angie Bartelen at the Yukon Convention Centre Clinic in Whitehorse on March 3. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News)
State of emergency extended for another 90 days

“Now we’re in a situation where we see the finish line.”

The Yukon government says it is working towards finding a solution for Dawson area miners who may be impacted by City of Dawson plans and regulations. (Joel Krahn/Yukon News file)
Miner expresses frustration over town plan

Designation of claims changed to future planning

Team Yukon athletes wave flags at the 2012 Arctic Winter Games opening ceremony in Whitehorse. The 2022 event in Wood Buffalo, Alta., has been postponed indefinitely. (Justin Kennedy/Yukon News file)
2022 Arctic Winter Games postponed indefinitely

Wood Buffalo, Alta., Host Society committed to rescheduling at a later date

Crews work to clear the South Klondike Highway after an avalanche earlier this week. (Submitted)
South Klondike Highway remains closed due to avalanches

Yukon Avalanche Association recommending backcountry recreators remain vigilant

RCMP Online Crime Reporting website in Whitehorse on March 5. (Haley Ritchie/Yukon News)
Whitehorse RCMP launch online crime reporting

Both a website and Whitehorse RCMP app are now available

A man walks passed the polling place sign at city hall in Whitehorse on Oct. 18, 2018. The City of Whitehorse is preparing for a pandemic-era election this October with a number of measures proposed to address COVID-19 restrictions. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)
City gets set for Oct. 21 municipal election

Elections procedures bylaw comes forward

A rendering of the Normandy Manor seniors housing facility. (Photo courtesy KBC Developments)
Work on seniors housing project moves forward

Funding announced for Normandy Manor

Tom Ullyett, pictured, is the first Yukoner to receive the Louis St-Laurent Award of Excellence from the Canadian Bar Association for his work as a community builder and mentor in the territory. (Gabrielle Plonka/Yukon News)
Tom Ullyett wins lifetime achievement award from the Canadian Bar Association

Ullyett has worked in the Yukon’s justice ecosystem for 36 years as a public sector lawyer and mentor

Most Read