These two Canadian steamships, still in operation, allow passengers to sample the dignified luxuries enjoyed by travellers in years gone by. The last of the classical coastal steamers, the Princess Marguerite was launched in 1948. She was named after a ship torpedoed in the Mediterranean in 1942. This ship in turn had been named after the CPR President's daughter. In 1949, the Princess Marguerite began service on the CPR's "triangle route" between Victoria, Vancouver and Seattle. Owned by the British Columbia Steamship Company since 1975, the vessel presently cruises between Victoria and Seattle. The charm and character of the Princess Marguerite attract thousands who wouldn't otherwise take a sea voyage. Toronto designer Douglas Champion has painted both of these steamships in appropriate settings. The designs convey the contrast in scale between the Segwun, a small inland steamer constructed mostly of wood, and the massive all steel steamship, the Princess Marguerite. Both paintings capture the mood and feeling of the vessels in operation.
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