George S. Pearson
|M.V. George S. Pearson
Fox Island (?-1955)
||Gig Harbour, Washington
|Retired from BC Ferries
- The Wollochet was originally built by Skansie Shipbuilding Company in Gig Harbour, Washington, for the Skansie-operated Washington Navigation Company. She was renamed Fox Island while still with Washington Navigation. While with the company, the ferry was used for service to Day Island and Fox Island in Puget Sound. The Fox Island was subsequently sold to Horluck Transportation Company, then to Olympic Ferries (where she operated on the Keystone - Port Townsend route) and finally to a B.C. company. (Kline and Bayless, 126, 176)
- The Fox Island came to B.C. in 1955 when she was bought by Gulf Island Ferry Company. At this time, the ferry was renamed George S. Pearson. Soon after, Black Ball Ferries charted the ferry for use between Horseshoe Bay and Langdale. (Griffiths and Cadieux, 42-3 ; Turner, 207)
- In 1961, the George S. Pearson joined B.C. Ferries with the rest of the Gulf Island Ferry Company fleet. BC Ferries bought the company on September 1, 1961 for $249,823. (Bannerman, 170)
- The George S. Pearson was sold in 1966 to Nelson Brothers Fisheries Ltd. for $15,250. (Griffiths and Cadieux, 43)
Origin of the Names:
What happened to the George S. Pearson?
- Possibly became a fish camp for Nelson Brothers Fisheries Ltd. (Bannerman, 170)
- If you have more information, please e-mail me.
Works Cited & Sources:
Bannerman, Gary and Patricia. The Ships of British Columbia. Surrey: Hancock House Publishers, 1985.
Griffiths, Garth, and H.L. Cadieux. Dogwood Fleet. Nanaimo: Cadieux and Griffiths, 1967.
Kline, M.S. and G.A. Bayless. Ferryboats - A Legend on Puget Sound. Seattle: Bayless Books, 1983.
Turner, Robert D. The Pacific Princesses. Victoria: Sono Nis Press, 1977
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