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Canadian National Steamship Prince Robert:

July 1937 Alaska Cruise dinner menus



Northern Ships and Shipping

    Reproduced below are 6 dinner menus and a theatre program from the July 17, 1937, Alaska cruise of the T. S. S. Prince Robert, from Vancouver to Skagway. The T. S. S. denotes a Twin Screw Steamer. Posted before and after those menus, we have also posted newspaper articles about this specific sailing, and a passenger list from this sailing.

Canadian National Steamship Prince Robert in Vancouver, BC     Prince Robert was built for the west coast service of Canadian National Steamship Company (CNSS) in 1930 by Cammell Laird of Birkenhead, England, who also built Prince David and Prince Henry for CNSS at the same time. In 1939, Prince Robert and Prince David were requisitioned by the Royal Canadian Navy to be used as Armed Merchant Cruisers, and for much of the war were the largest (at 6,892 tons) and most heavily armed ships in the Canadian Navy (see a photo of Prince David in that role). They were both converted into LSIs (Landing Ships Infantry) at Burrard Drydock in Vancouver in 1943, and in 1946 were sold to the Charlton Steam Shipping Company of London, who renamed her Charlton Sovereign. A more detailed history of her military service in particular can be found at AirMuseum.ca, and a 236-page history of the military history of "the Princes" can be downloaded at the Canadian Forces site (pdf, 45MB).




The Spokesman-Review (Spokane, Wash.), Friday, July 2, 1937.

Ad: Cruise to Alaska on Prince Robert, July 1937




The Daily Province (Vancouver, British Columbia), Friday, July 16, 1937.

Headline: Heavy Traffic Into Vancouver, July 1937

    The Continental Limited arrived over the Canadian National Railways in two sections this morning, 8:45 and 9 am, as westbound traffic continues brisk.

    Two tour parties numbering approximately 100 people from Boston and Cleveland were aboard coming here from Jasper, where they spent two days in the mountain resort before continuing to the coast.

    Both parties will leave on S.S. Prince Robert for Alaska tonight via Sitka and Gardfer Canal.

    Chamber of Commerce sponsored excursionists numbering around 500 people are due over C.N.R, Sunday morning for a 10 days' stay on the coast. They will arrive as a second section of the Continental Limited.

    Departing Gladiolus and Kinsmen Club excursionists returning to their homes at Saskatoon and Edmonton will see double-sectioning of trains leaving here this week-end.




The Daily Province (Vancouver, British Columbia), Saturday, July 17, 1937.

Headline: S.S. Prince Robert Sails For North, July 1937

    Outbound at 9 pm last night for Skagway, Alaska, via Gardner Canal and Sitka, S.S. Prince Robert, Captain H. E. Nedden, sailed with her passenger acommodation fully booked.

    Three tour parties from Boston, Columbus, O., and Los Angeles accounted for more than 100 passengers. The Columbus group is in charge of Miss Adalene Hardesty, for years one of Vancouver's most consistent visitors en route to Alaska with tour groups.

    Judge Albert L. Reeves, federal district court judge, Kansas City, Mo., was on board with Mrs. Reeves who is president of the Women's City Club of Kansas City. Harry B. Stubbs, assistant vice-president, Mountain States Telegraph and Telephone Co., Denver, Col., is a round-trip passenger with Mrs. Stubbs and their son.

    From Pulaski, Tenn., is Mrs. S. E. Reynolds, prominent in the national organization of the American Red Cross Society. Mrs. Roy Ranney and her daughter, Miss Elizabeth, who arrived here from Jasper this morning, were joined by Miss Virginia Sprague, Emporia, Kansas.

    M. Golden and J. H. Zucker, Fox Film Corporation officials, are making the round trip with their wives.




July 17, 1937 - dinner menu
The front cover features a drawing of St. Andrew's Church at Bennett, British Columbia.

Canadian National Steamship Prince Robert - July 17, 1937 dinner menu




July 21, 1937 - dinner menu

Canadian National Steamship Prince Robert - July 21, 1937 dinner menu




July 23, 1937 - dinner menu

Canadian National Steamship Prince Robert - July 23, 1937 dinner menu




July 24, 1937 - dinner menu

Canadian National Steamship Prince Robert - July 24, 1937 dinner menu




July 25, 1937 - theatre programme

Canadian National Steamship Prince Robert - July 25, 1937, theatre programme




July 26, 1937 - dinner menu

Canadian National Steamship Prince Robert - July 26, 1937 dinner menu




July 28, 1937 - dinner menu

Canadian National Steamship Prince Robert - July 28, 1937 dinner menu




The Daily Province (Vancouver, British Columbia), Monday, July 26, 1937.

Headline: Day Cruises Fixed For Prince Robert, July 1937

    Returning from an Alaska cruise on Tuesday morning, S.S. Prince Robert will make a number of day cruises during the week before resuming service to the north.

    Wednesday the big liner will leave 9:30 a.m. for Jervis Inlet to explore the fjords that make this one of the most popular day trips on the coast. She will carry her orchestra and have a full programme of deck games, returning at 9:30 p.m.

    Thursday the Prince Robert sails on a day cruise through the Gulf Islands for a sea breeze trip through different but characteristic coast waters studded with islands beautifully green in their summer foliage.

    Tuesday evening the vessel is chartered by the Aero Club for a "Nite Flite" cruise out into the Gulf. The aviators have arranged a particularly attractive programme for the evening.




The Daily Province (Vancouver, British Columbia), Saturday, July 24, 1937.

Headline: Day Cruise deLuxe on Prince Robert, July 1937




The Daily Province (Vancouver, British Columbia), Wednesday, July 28, 1937.

Headline: Day Cruise deLuxe on Prince Robert, July 1937