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Time Traveller: This ferry built on False Creek served the North Shore for decades

North Vancouver Ferry No. 2 was known as 'Old Faithful' until a fire gutted it in 1939
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Long before the era of Burrard Dry Dock, Alfred Wallace made his living building smaller wooden ships on Vancouver’s False Creek.

Pictured here in 1904 in its building berth, the SS St. George, or North Vancouver Ferry No. 2 as it would be named in 1908, was built to serve the growing population on the North Shore.

Often called Old Faithful by crews, Ferry No. 2 would operate for 31 years, finally retiring from service in 1936 and being sold as housing for logging operations. Sadly, Ferry No. 2 would be scrapped in 1939 after a fire reduced it to a floating guardrail.

Visit the MONOVA website for more information about the history of the North Shore and to plan your visit to MONOVA: Museum of North Vancouver, now open at 115 West Esplanade in The Shipyards.

Currently, MONOVA: Archives of North Vancouver, at 3203 Institute Road in Lynn Valley, is open by appointment only. Contact: [email protected]

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