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 comments

  1. Nurul Fitri Lubis · September 25, 2019

    Beautiful town, Peter. I am looking forward to seeing more photos from your trip..

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  2. Robert Parker · September 25, 2019

    What a great old ship! I love steamboats and paddle wheelers. And with a steam boat, you’ve got plenty of hot water for the bathtubs! 🙂

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    • Peter Klopp · September 26, 2019

      Except all the facilities were rather small. I would hardly fit into the bunks. It seems to me that people were a lot smaller in those days. Thanks, Robert, for your comment!

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  3. Pure Glory · September 25, 2019

    Peter, thank you for sharing your photos and travel. Enjoy!

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  4. tanjabrittonwriter · September 25, 2019

    It looks very elegant. Wouldn’t it be fun to take a ride on it?!

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  5. www.corneliaweber-photography.com · September 25, 2019

    I would take a trip on this beautiful boat. Are you?

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    • Peter Klopp · September 26, 2019

      Yes, indeed! If it was possible, I would spend a lot of time on the sternwheeler plying the waters of the Kootenay Lake. Alas, these days are over.

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  6. Amy · September 26, 2019

    I have never heard the term “sternwheeler” before—I had to google it. I guess it’s what I’d call a riverboat? Beautiful looking ship!

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    • Peter Klopp · September 26, 2019

      Sternwheeler may be a Canadian word to describe this kind of ship plying our rivers and lakes in the early pioneering days. Thank for your interest, Amy!

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  7. arv! · September 26, 2019

    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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    • Peter Klopp · September 26, 2019

      In India they learned soon to make use of the railroad system to provide transportation for the people.

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      • arv! · September 26, 2019

        That’s true. Our railways is over stretched. It’s what common people rely for long distance travel

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  8. Des · September 26, 2019

    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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    • Peter Klopp · September 26, 2019

      Our visit sure was inspiring and we feel that more people should see this specimen of the glorious stern wheeler days.

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  9. Edda · September 26, 2019

    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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    • Peter Klopp · September 26, 2019

      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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  10. Stella, oh, Stella · September 26, 2019

    I like it!!!

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  11. kopfundgestalt · September 26, 2019

    Better those little ones than the big ones nowadays who can serve thousands of people!

    Nice pics, Peter!

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  12. Ann Coleman · September 26, 2019

    How fun! Even though the rooms are small, it looks as if it would have been lots of fun to travel on one of those old steamboats. Love the photos, Peter!

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  13. Steve Schwartzman · September 27, 2019

    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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  14. shoreacres · September 28, 2019

    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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    • Peter Klopp · September 28, 2019

      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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  15. Chocoviv · September 29, 2019

    I visited her last summer!! It’s a gem!

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  16. So cool. love this kind of places. Thanks for sharing.

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