A Visit of the Moyie, the World’s Oldest Intact Sternwheeler

As reported last week, we travelled with our company from Germany north to Nakusp and then turned south to the picturesque town of New Denver on Slocan Lake. Then we took the 31A to Kaslo, where we paid a visit to the Moyie, a paddle wheeler sternwheeler that worked on Kootenay Lake from 1898 until 1957. After nearly sixty years of service, she was sold to the town of Kaslo and restored. Today she is a National Historic Site of Canada and the world’s oldest intact passenger sternwheeler.  

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29 Replies to “A Visit of the Moyie, the World’s Oldest Intact Sternwheeler”

  1. In India, we never had waterways as a major mode of transport. Only small boats plied on rivers for short distance. Never seen a Sternwheeler but seen many pictures. It certainly reminds us of the old days.

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  2. Sixty years is a long time life of service for a boat. It must have been fun to step back into the old days as you came aboard. They’ve done a great job of restoring and preserving this little piece of history from Kootenay Lake.

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  3. Diese schönen Fotos lassen in uns gleich wieder den Wunsch aufkommen, das alles nochmal mit Euch zusammen erleben zu können,Peter! Es war einfach toll und erlebnisreich bei Euch!
    Ganz herzliche Grüße an Dich und unsere Biene..😉😊👋
    Edda

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    1. Vielen Dank, liebe Edda! Auch wir hatten viel Freude und Spaß, als ihr so schöne Tage bei uns erleben konntet. Zwar hatten wir alle unter einer Erkältung zu leiden, doch haben die wunderbaren Erlebnisse diesen kleinen Dämpfer wieder wett gemacht. Viele liebe Grüße auch an Dieter.

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  4. The unusual name Moyie sent me looking for its origin. The Wikipedia article about the river says this:

    According to British Columbia’s Geographical Names Information System, the word “Moyie” is a corruption of the French “mouiller” or “mouillé”, a name given by fur trappers referring to the wet conditions, also described by David Thompson in 1808.

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  5. Such fun! Believe it or not, there’s a history of sternwheelers in my neighborhood. About 1842 or so, the first sidewheeler made its way up the Brazos River here in Texas, and for several decades there were sternwheelers that kept cotton, sugar, and such moving up and down the river. Unfortunately, the Brazos wasn’t really meant for that kind of river navigation, and plenty of the boats ended up on the bottom. You’re lucky to have such a wonderful bit of the past!

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    1. Thank you for the info on the sternwheelers plying the Brazos River in the 1840s! Also thank you for helping me discover your blog. Finding the right words has been my challenge, so your posts could be quite useful. Have a great weekend! Peter

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