Posted by: Cornwall Community Museum | June 27, 2012

Running the Rapids on the Rapids Prince

The Rapids Prince docked in the Cornwall Canal. The boat became part of Canada Steamship Lines’ fleet in 1913.

A postcard showing the Rapids Prince running the Long Sault Rapids. The vessel ran the rapids for the last time on September 19, 1949.

Captain Stephenson of Avonmore skippered the Rapids Prince.

The boat was often used for company outings. A group of Courtauld’s Canada Ltd. employees are seen here climbing down from the promenade deck.

A man is seen here lighting a woman’s cigarette on the promenade deck of the Rapids Prince.

Courtauld’s Canada employees enjoying a meal on the Rapids Prince.

Running the St. Lawrence Rapids before the digging of the St. Lawrence Seaway was one of the region’s top tourist attractions. One of the most famous steamers was the Rapids Prince. The ship was constructed in 1910 by Richelieu and Ontario Navigation  Co. expressly for the purpose of running the River’s rapids. They advertised that the vessel “…is provided with the highest type of modern machinery and all improvements for the safety and comfort of passengers. The deck arrangement is similar to that of the Rapids King, with the dining-room situated on the main deck aft, surrounded with large observation windows and having seating capacity for a large number of passengers.

Above the deck is the promenade deck with a commodious saloon and a number of staterooms so arranged that there are no inside rooms, and providing ample forward deck space.”

Images ©Cornwall Community Museum

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