July 25, 2017 -- Klondike II
SS Klondike was the name of two sternwheelers, the second (shown here) is now a national historic site located in Whitehorse, Yukon, Canada. Both ran freight between Whitehorse and Dawson City along the Yukon River from 1929-1936 and 1937-1950, respectively.
After Klondike I ran aground in June 1936 in 'The Thirty Mile' section of the Yukon, The British-Yukon Navigation Company (a subsidiary of the White Pass and Yukon Route railway company) salvaged much of the ship and cannibalized the wreckage to build Klondike II shown here the following year.
Klondike II carried freight until 1950. Due to the construction of a highway connecting Dawson City and Whitehorse, many sternwheelers were decommissioned. In an attempt to save Klondike II, she was converted into a cruise ship. That venture shut down in 1955 due to lack of interest, and Klondike II was beached in the Whitehorse shipyards.
The ship was donated to Parks Canada and was gradually restored until 1966, when city authorities agreed to move the ship to its present location. The task required three bulldozers, EIGHT TONS of Palmolive soap, a crew of twelve men, and three weeks to complete. Greased log rollers eased the process. Read more about the use of the Palmolive soap here -- http://hougengroup.com/yukon-history/yukon-nuggets/moving-the-ss-klondike/
On 24 June 1967, Klondike II was designated a National Historic Site of Canada, and she is now open during the summer as a tourist attraction.
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