Friday photo - Charmer

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First photo of 2010 and I've chosen the SS Charmer.

This was an American built ship, originally called the "Premier" and built in 1887 in San Francisco for the the Canadian Pacific Navigation Company.  She was built by the Union Iron Works of San
Francisco, and was two hundred feet long.

She was renamed the "Charmer" in 1892 when she moved to Canada following a collision with a freighter SS Willamette in heavy fog.  She would remain in Canada, changing ownership in 1903 to the Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR) company who owned and operated the British Columbia Coast Steamship Service.  She worked the Vancouver to Nanaimo route to Newcastle Island before being set up as the first floating hotel on the Island by the CPR.  She was finally scrapped in 1935.

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