Prince Rupert Dry Dock, Prince Rupert BC

Most recent update: February 20, 2015.


Prince Rupert Dry Dock was primarily a maintenance and repair facility for its owner, initially the Grand Trunk Pacific Railroad, later Canadian National Railway.  The shipyard was completed in 1915 when a 20,000-ton floating dock was assembled at the site. The wooden pontoons were built by the general contractor and the steel wing walls were imported and erected at the site.  The yard was equipped to build steel vessels but more frequently built wooden boats of various types for the local market.  In World War One, it built two good-sized cargo ships and in World War Two, it built four minesweepers and 15 cargo ships.  After the Second War the shipyard slowly faded away, the dry-dock finally being sold in 1955 and moved to Seattle.  A total of 68 hulls have been identified as being built by them but the hull numbering sequence stopped at 60.  See the site from the air on Google here: unfortunately, the weather was pretty bad the day that Google flew over.

Hull #
O.N. Original Name Original Owner Vessel Type GT Built Disposition
1 150573 Canadian Reaper/Canadian Scottish Canadian Government Cargo Ship 5,334 Aug-21 Completed by Wallace SB, later Mount Parnassus 1937, Johann Schulte 1939, wrecked 1940
2 150578 Canadian Thrasher/Canadian Britisher Canadian Government Cargo Ship 5,370 Nov-21 Completed by Wallace SB, later Ping An 1936, Heian Maru 1938, bombed and lost 1944
3 150675 Francois Lake Ferry B.C. Dept. of Public Works Steel Car Ferry 56 Aug-22 Later Rolf Bruhn, closed 2000
4 none Unknown B.C. Dept. of Public Works Pontoon Ferry   1922 For use at Terrace BC
5 152568 Rividis Dept. of Fisheries Patrol Boat 50 1924 Later Ambassador III
6 152569 Vanidis Dept. of Fisheries Patrol Boat 50 1924 Closed
7 152664 Lillian D B.C. Dept. of Forestry Patrol Boat 36 1925 Active
8 153160 S.R.P. Co. No. 1 Skeena River Packing Co Wood Scow 18 1926 Closed
9 153303 S.R.P. Co. No. 2 Skeena River Packing Co Wood Scow 18 1926 Closed
10 153253 Pentowna Canadian National RW Steel Tug 145 1926 Active
11 153305 Alpine Fir B.C. Dept. of Forestry Patrol Boat 16 Nov-26 Active
12 153158 Collinson Packers Steamship Co Fishboat 24 1926  
13             Not used
14 154707 R M P I Rupert Marine Products Scow 35 1926 Closed
15 154708 R M P II Rupert Marine Products Scow 35 1926 Closed
16 154709 G.G.B. No. 1 Rupert Marine Products Scow 44 Jul-27  
17 153310 Signal Jack Iverson Fishboat 52 Apr-27 Active
18 153405 Granby Granby Consolidated Mining Tug 76 Apr-27 Closed Jun-08
19 154506 Bertha G Robert Gammon & Watts Fishboat 47 Jun-27  
20 154510 Emblem I P. Bruno Fishboat 31 Jul-27  
21 154512 Zapora Lars Voge Fishboat 44 1927 Active
22 154711 Melville John Iverson Fishboat 39 Mar-28 Closed Dec-02
23 154712 Covenant Hans Underdahl Fishboat 39 Apr-28 Active
24 none Unknown Pacific Stevedoring Piledriver   1928  
25 154978 Canadian National No. 107 Canadian National RW Rail Car Barge 1,037 Mar-29 Closed Apr-88
26 154720 C.R.C. John and Charlie Currie Tug 18 Jan-29 Suspended
27 155156 Capella I Dan Larsen Fishboat 27 Apr-29 Active
28 155171 Chief Seegay Canadian Fish & Cold Storage Company Fish Packer 50 Jun-29 Deleted 1985
29 156445 Ispaco I Island Packing Company Fish Packer 48 Jun-29 Later San Juan II, suspended Mar-08
30 156446 Ispaco II Island Packing Company Fish Packer 48 Jun-29 Later Pula, suspended Apr-99
31 156887 Canadian National No. 5 Canadian National RW STug 68 Jul-30 Assembled at Kelowna BC
32 156973 Canadian National No. 108 Canadian National RW Rail Car Barge 427 Jul-30 Assembled at Kelowna BC, active
? 155180 V. T. No. 12 Vancouver Tug Scow 324 Oct-29 Closed
? 155181 V. T. No. 14 Vancouver Tug Scow 324 Oct-29 Closed
? 155182 V. T. No. 15 Vancouver Tug Scow 324 Nov-29 Closed
? 155183 V. T. No. 16 Vancouver Tug Scow 324 Nov-29 Closed
33 155186 Iceland I J.F. Eyolofsen Fishboat 13 Jan-30 Closed Feb-01
34 156812 White Hope Pete Thompson Fishboat 30 Apr-30 Active
35 156811 Chief Tapeet Canadian Fish Fish Packer 50 Jun-30 Deleted 2001
36 156975 Canadian National No. 109 Canadian National RW Rail Car Barge 1,149 Dec-30 Active
? 188344 Aledor/Argo II L. W. Kergin Launch 9 Mar-31 Suspended Apr-08
37 156817 Essington Govt of Canada Snag Boat 310 May-31 Converted to Sea Cadet Boathouse 1958, then to a floating restaurant 1971
? 156820 Northern Cross Anglican Church Mission Boat 26 May-31 Active
38 171965 Canadian National No. 110 Canadian National RW Rail Car Barge 668 1939 Assembled at Kelowna, later Orchard City Companion, active
39 MS 13 Clayquot (J 174) Royal Canadian Navy Minesweeper 672 22-Aug-41 Torpedoed and lost 1944
40 MS 14 Quatsino (J 152) Royal Canadian Navy Minesweeper 672 3-Nov-41 Sold as Concord 1946, Chen Hsin 1946, scrapped 1950
41 CN 116 Kelowna (J 261) Royal Canadian Navy Minesweeper 672 5-Feb-42 Sold as Condor 1946, Hung Hsin 1946, scrapped 1950
42 CN 117 Courtenay (J 262) Royal Canadian Navy Minesweeper 672 21-Mar-42 Scrapped 1946
43 168351 Fort Stikine Ministry of War Tpt Cargo Ship 7,132 31-Jul-42 Blew up in Bombay 1944
44 168374 Fort Rupert Ministry of War Tpt Cargo Ship 7,132 5-Oct-42 Scrapped 1958
45   Fort Mumford Ministry of War Tpt Cargo Ship 7,132 12-Dec-42 Torpedoed and lost 1943
46 168446 Fort Acton Ministry of War Tpt Cargo Ship 7,132 26-Feb-43 Later Bacinin 1948, scrapped 1968
47 169557 Fort Turtle Ministry of War Tpt Cargo Ship 7,133 21-May-43 Later Arundel Hill 1950, Cyprinia 1957, Ever Health 1964, scrapped 1969
48 174793 Nemiskam Park Govt of Canada Cargo Ship 7,132 30-Jul-43 Later Darton 1951, Federal Commerce 1957, Brasilia 1959, Montego Star 1960, Oceanic Express 1961, scrapped 1966
49 174813 Fort Aspin/Winnipegosis Park Govt of Canada Cargo Ship 7,160 26-Nov-43 Later Bayside 1947, Aghia Anastasia 1949, wrecked and sank 1950
50 169865 Fort Perrot Ministry of War Tpt Cargo Ship 7,171 25-Feb-44 Later Rockside 1947, Dorion 1952, Apollonia 1959, Antonios S. 1960, scrapped 1963
51 175383 Fort Conti/Earlscourt Park Govt of Canada Cargo Ship 7,161 30-Apr-44 Later Lake Chilliwack 1946, Mossel Bay 1950, Noutsi 1954, wrecked off Constanta 1965
52 169981 Fort Aspin Ministry of War Tpt Cargo Ship 7,161 27-Jan-44 Later Triport 1946, Heron 1950, Tinos 1960, Evergreen 1963, scrapped 1967
53 175603 Fort Beaver Lake/Westview Park Govt of Canada Cargo Ship 7,162 20-Oct-44 Later Seaboard Enterprise 1946, Doric 1957, Patagonia 1964, Mary F. 1965, scrapped 1969
54 176009 Fort Simcoe/Elgin Park Govt of Canada Cargo Ship 7,160 23-Feb-45 Later Royal Prince 1946, Atlantic Star 1949, Nadir 1961, scrapped 1972
55 176031 Gaspesian Park Govt of Canada Cargo Ship 7,100 22-Jul-45 Later Mont Gaspe 1946, Polyxeni 1954, wrecked Carapebus Shoal, scrapped 1965
  174918 P.R.D.D.Co. No.1 Prince Rupert DD Co Derrick Scow 304 1943  
  CN 736 H.C. 217 Royal Canadian Navy Ammo Lighter 51 1943 Sold commercial N.S.P. No. 2,  ON 178811
56 CN 1035 LST 3546 Royal Navy LST Mk. 3     Transferred to West Coast Shipbuilders
57 CN 1036 LST 3547 Royal Navy LST Mk. 3     Transferred to West Coast Shipbuilders
58   Ottawa Paget/Hai Shui China Merchants' S.N.Co Cargo Ship 1,351 Apr-46 Later An Ping 1951, scrapped 1969
59   Ottawa Palette/Hai Yun China Merchants' S.N.Co Cargo Ship 1,351 Apr-46 Later Min Chu Chi 1951, deleted 1992
60 176800 Svalbard No. 1 Harold Simonsen Trawler 23 1947 Now Pacific Searcher