A photo tour through New Westminster, BC - Royal City - 49°12′25″N 122°54′40″W

Sunday, October 31, 2010



Happy Hallowe'en from New Westminster!

(I love how that one ghost is popping out from the attic window!)

Saturday, October 30, 2010



With a "good day" from the captain of the Samson V, so ends the photo tour of the ship. Perhaps next season I can get back with a better camera and pick up some more images of the engine room.

Friday, October 29, 2010



A view up towards the Samson V's A-frame and captain's cabin. The A-frame was used when the Samson V was hauling up snags (floating or stuck logs) from the river. The snags had to be removed as they were hazards for ships navigating the river.

Thursday, October 28, 2010



Looking down on the the deck at the bow of the Samson V. To the top right is the gangway heading up to the quay.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Captain's Hat


This seems like far to little steering equipment in too small a room to maneuver such a large ship.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Kick the Bucket


Or in this case, grab one if there's a fire.

Found on the roof deck of the Samson V.

Monday, October 25, 2010

Maple Leaf Forever


Shot from the same position as yesterday's, but looking towards the stern, up and over the paddlewheel and out to the Fraser River. Across the river is the city of Surrey.

By the way, all of these photos from the Samson V were taken in July. Today the wind is just as strong but the sky is a completely different colour! Novembrrrrr has hit New Westminster with a vengeance.

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Top Deck


Atop the Samson V, looking towards the bow and the captain's cabin.

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Friday, October 22, 2010

Thursday, October 21, 2010



The Samson V had a cook on board who would often trade baked goods for salmon caught by local fishermen. Even though the Fraser is a relatively calm river, I'm sure it must have made for some interesting moments in this kitchen. It was so narrow I had trouble framing this shot - barely 1m from counter to wall!

Wednesday, October 20, 2010



The Samson V museum is not open year-round, but only in the summer months. Often there is a docent on board who can provide you with a lot of interesting nuggets of information, and to explain all of the photos to you.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010



Plaque inside the Samson V.

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Samson V Sternwheeler

Monday, October 18, 2010



Detail from above the engine room workbench. A helpful reminder of where each wrench should go once you are finished using it!

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Samson V Sternwheeler

Sunday, October 17, 2010


Looking out the back of the sternwheeler, down one of the arms that turns the paddle. Unfortunately, it was too dark (and my flash to glaring) to get good photos of the engine and other equipment.

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Samson V Sternwheeler

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Red Paddle


Close up of the Samson V's sternwheel paddle.

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Samson V Sternwheeler

Friday, October 15, 2010



The sternwheel of the Samson V.

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Samson V Sternwheeler

Thursday, October 14, 2010



Today starts a photo tour of the Samson V Museum.

Samson V was the last steam-powered sternwheeler to operate in Canada, the last of a line of sternwheeler snag-boats built for the federal Department of Public Works. This ship patrolled the lower Fraser River for nearly 40 years, maintaining government docks and aids to navigation, conducting water flow surveys and soundings, as well as her principal business of keeping the waterways clear of snags and deadheads which imperiled shipping and damaged port infrastructure.

The Samson V was originally built by Mercer's Star Shipyards in New Westminster in 1937. Her hull was heavily built of creosoted Douglas fir, and the ship contains many steel components originally fitted to her predecessors the Samson II of 1904, the Samson III of 1914, and the Samson IV of 1924.

The Samson V was retired in 1980, and opened as a museum in 1983. It is docked at the New Westminster Quay.

(from museum documents)

Wednesday, October 13, 2010



Once again outside City Hall, looking eastward towards one of two cannons mounted in the front yard.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

The Man behind the River


(This monument is located at the New Westminster Quay)

Simon Fraser (20 May 1776 – 18 August 1862) was a fur trader and an explorer who charted much of what is now the Canadian province of British Columbia. Fraser was responsible for building many of the first trading posts west of the Rockies, and, in 1808, he explored what is now known as the Fraser River, which bears his name. Simon Fraser's exploratory efforts were partly responsible for Canada's boundary later being established at the 49th parallel (after the War of 1812), since he as a British subject was the first European to establish permanent settlements in the area.

adapted from Wikipedia
See more here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Simon_Fraser_%28explorer%29

Monday, October 11, 2010

On the Boardwalk


New West Quay is one of my favourite places to walk. Here's a view along the boardwalk from one of the seating areas.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Saintly Sunday

10 October 2010

St Peter's Roman Catholic Church, Royal and 4th. It's difficult to see here, but the red cross at the top of the tower lights up.c

Saturday, October 9, 2010


9 October 2010

Fountain monument dedicated to local New Westminster resident "Tim".

Friday, October 8, 2010



A taste of summer weather on an evening when there's a heavy rainfall warning outside. This is one of my favourite sights along the Fraser River, a tugboat pulling a log boom. I'm pretty sure there have been similar photos posted; however, it never gets old for me!

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Oddball out


Sometimes taking a camera everywhere pays off when you see something incredibly unusual. A blue couch atop a container - why?

(The building is a disused UHaul office.)

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

River Market


Refurbishment of this marketplace has been going on for a few years now. Actually, this reminds me that I should check in on it to see if it's complete!

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Side View


That cute single-story apartment block becomes a two-story one at the back. So typical of New West!

Monday, October 4, 2010

Feelin' Blue


I adore the blue door on this simple one-storey block of apartments.

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Saturday, October 2, 2010



Whilst doing errands today, I ended up in Royal City Centre. Apparently, it was Family Day, and there were a variety of performers doing their thing in centre court. These lovely Irish dancers are from the O'Connor Irish Dancers.

Friday, October 1, 2010

October Theme Day

1 October 2010

There are some pretty amazing graffiti artists working in town these days. This is near Sapperton Park, below Front Street and the SkyTrain. This graffiti is obviously paying homage to the local hockey team!

Funny, this is also my fourth photo in about 2 weeks featuring some sort of graffiti art!

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