The Hudson's Bay Company's paddle steamship the Beaver was the first, and for many years the only, steam vessel on the coast of British Columbia. In 1888 her long and successful career came to a sad end on the rocks of Prospect Point, but she remains an object of fascination to divers.
This is the biography of the Beaver, a ship that made an unparrallelled contribution to the history of the west coast.
James P. Delgado, President of the Institute of Nautical Archaeology, is a marine archaeologist who has investigated shipwrecks around the world. With Clive Cussler, he hosted "The Sea Hunters," a National Geographic International TV series that played for five seasons to millions of viewers in 172 countries. Delgado is the author or editor of thirty books, including the international best-sellers Lost Warships: An Archaeological Tour of War at Sea and Across the Top of the World: The Quest for the Northwest Passage. When not travelling the world for INA in quest of lost ships, he lives on the waterfront in Steveston, British Columbia - a village founded by Japanese fishermen.