Crossing the Inlet

This post celebrates the launch this week of Sea Otter II, the newest among the vessels that ply the waters of Burrard Inlet between Waterfront Station (Vancouver) and Lonsdale Quay (North Vancouver) for SeaBus. For more information about SO2, including a couple of brief videos pertaining to her launch, see the TransLink site.

There have been a number of ways of crossing between the municipalities of Vancouver and North Vancouver/West Vancouver (referred to collectively as “the north shore”) over the roughly 1.5 centuries of their settlement by non-Native people. Several of these means are represented visually below – from canoes and rowboats to passenger/car ferries, from bridges to aircraft (and doubtless a few others that don’t appear). Note: I’m showing only the first narrows bridge (Lions Gate) below, since I dedicated a post to an image of the second narrows crossing (Ironworkers Memorial), recently.

CVA InP16 - "First Nations War Canoe Race in Burrard Inlet", Bailey Bros photo, ca 1890.

CVA InP16 – “First Nations War Canoe Race in Burrard Inlet”, Bailey Bros photo, ca 1890.

CVA SGN-8 "Swimming baths and boat rental floats in Burrard Inlet at the foot of Bute Street" Charles S. Bailey photo, 1890.

CVA SGN-8 “Swimming baths and boat rental floats in Burrard Inlet at the foot of Bute Street” Charles S. Bailey photo, 1890.

 

CVA BoN120-2 "Union Steamship Company Ship Lady Alexandra Entering First Narrows of Burrard Inlet" [and biplane overhead] WJ Moore photo, 1924.

CVA BoN120-2 “Union Steamship Company Ship Lady Alexandra Entering First Narrows of Burrard Inlet” [and biplane overhead] WJ Moore photo, 1924.

CVA SGN-1100.2 "North Vancouver ferry St. George (later Ferry No. 2) in Burrard Inlet", 1904

CVA SGN-1100.2 “North Vancouver ferry St. George (later Ferry No. 2) in Burrard Inlet”, 1904

CVA Br-P81-5 "Lions Gate Bridge Construction", ca 1938.

CVA Br-P81-5 “Lions Gate Bridge Construction”, ca 1938.

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