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Registry #1 116932 Registry #2 Registry #3
Name 1 1904 Orion (I) Name 5
Name 2 1931 Pluvius Name 6
Name 3 Name 7
Name 4 Name 8
Year Built 1904 Place Christiana Area Country Norway
Designer (nk) Measurement (imp) 94.1' x 17.4' x 10.6'
Builder Akers Mek.Vaerks, Christiana Norway Measurement (metric)
Hull Steel Displacement
Gross Tonnage 109 Type 1 Whale catcher
Registered Tonnage 22 Type 2 Fireboat
Engine 46rhp Triple expansion 3-cylinder Steam engine Engine Manufacture Akers Mek. Vaerks, Christiana Norway
Repower 42nhp engine Propulsion Screw
Rebuilds Call Sign
Pendant  # Masters
In 1904 she was owned by the Victoria Whaling Co., Victoria BC. In 1910 she was owned by the Pacific Whaling Co. Ltd., Victoria BC. In 1921-1926 she was owned by the Consolidated Whaling Corp. Ltd., Toronto ON. In 1926 she was owned by Orion Fishing & Packing Co, Ltd., Vancouver BC. In 1930-1938 she was in service as a Vancouver fireboat owned by the Vancouver Harbour Commissioners, Vancouver BC. In 1938 she was owned by National Harbours Board, Ottawa ON. In 1941-1942 she was owned by Westward Towing Co. Ltd., Vancouver BC.
Fate Registry closed Date
Named Features Orion Point (BC)
Significance of Name
She was the first steam whale chaser in British Columbia. In 1906 she participated in the search for survivors of the Valencia ship wreck. She was broken up by Capital Iron & Metals Co. Ltd., Victoria BC.
Canada List of Shipping; Dalzell, Kathleen E. (1973); McKee, William C. (1978); Harbour & Shipping (Progress Publishing Co. Ltd.) Vol. 14 (1931); Webb, Robert Lloyd (1988);
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