The Ports of Call for the Princess Sophia

Sophia’s Ports of Call were, for the most part, remote communities that relied primarily on the waterways for their way in and out. The Gold Rushes drew people into areas around the Pacific Northwest with the promise of striking it rich. While many left as the Rushes subsided, those pioneers who did stay allowed these boom-and-bust communities to grow.

The following is a list of the Ports of Call along the Sophia routes.

  • Victoria, BC
  • Vancouver, BC
  • Alert Bay, BC
  • Prince Rupert,BC
  • Wrangell, AK
  • Ketchikan, AK
  • Juneau, AK
  • Skagway, AK

Though Yukon communities, including Whitehorse and Dawson City, were not Ports of Call for the Sophia, they relied on her for their main travel route south. Due to their landlocked locations, Yukoners first had to travel to a Port via the stern-wheelers along the river before boarding the coastal liners heading south. As such, Yukon was also deeply connected to the Sophia.

All of these communities, Ports and interior ones alike, were affected by the sinking of the Princess Sophia in unique ways, though all felt the painful sting and sorrow of the tragic loss of life.