Canadian Pacific’s S.S. Princess Marguerite steaming to Victoria, B.C., Canada. The ship is sailing on the day run from Seattle, Washington, in the 1960s. Trial Island is seen in the background. The Canadian Pacific’s princess liners provided service between Vancouver, Victoria and Seattle. The small liners were called “night boats” and offered first class overnight accommodations between these cities on what CP called the “triangle route.” The overnight service ended in the 1950s but the seasonal day service between Victoria, Vancouver and Seattle continued into the 1970s.
The Princesses were the finest coastal liners on the Pacific coast. They broke all the intercity speed records between Vancouver, Victoria, and Seattle and established an enduring reputation for elegance and beauty that remained unmatched for over sixty years. Their names became legends along the coast and they were the best and often the only way to travel along the British Columbia Coast. The Princess Victoria, Princess Kathleen, and the lovely Princess Marguerite, the last of the coastal liners, are just a few of the beautiful steamships that operated in this service.