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Fire Canoes

Steamboats on Great Canadian Rivers

by Anthony Dalton

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Anson Northup, the first steamboat on the Canadian prairies, arrived in Fort Garry in 1859. Belching hot sparks and growling in fury, it was called "fire canoe" by the local Cree. The first steam-powered passenger vessel in Canada had begun service on the St. Lawrence River in 1809, and for the next 150 years, steamboats carried passengers and freight on great Canadian rivers, among them the treacherous Stikine and Fraser in British Columbia; the Saskatchewan and Red Rivers on the prairies; and the mighty St. Lawrence and Saguenay in Ontario and Quebec.

Travel back in time aboard makeshift gold-rush riverboats on the Yukon, sternwheelers on the Saskatchewan and luxurious liners on the St. Lawrence to the decades when steamboats sent the echoes of whistles across a vast land of powerful rivers.

About the Author

Anthony Dalton is the author of numerous books on maritime history including The Graveyard of the Pacific, The Fur-Trade Fleet, Alone against the Arctic, and Sir John Franklin. He is a fellow of both the Royal Geographical Society and the Royal Canadian Geographical Society and is past-president of the Canadian Authors Association. He lives in Tsawwassen, British Columbia.

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Fire Canoes: Steamboats on Great Canadian Rivers

The author recounts the excitement of arriving in Canada aboard the SS Empress of Scotland and proceeds to tell of the hundreds of steam powered vessels that plied the waters in Canada for over 150 years. He introduces Prairie entrepreneur Peter McArthur whose boats appear throughout the book. The Yukon and Arctic area is covered, as is British Columbia and three rivers in eastern Canada. Dalton incorporates geographical information about the major rivers that steamboats navigated from the Red River to the Fraser. Stories of numerous steamboats, their captains and the many navigational hazards encountered are included. There are adventures of challenging the Saskatchewan River rapids and steaming up the main street of Emerson during a flood. Steam was a popular form of transportation for passengers and freight until the railway took precedence in Canada.

Source: The Association of Book Publishers of BC. BC Books for BC Schools. 2013-2014.

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