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DEMS KOOTENAY PARK

 

SS Seaboard Pioneer (former Kootenay Park)

Photo: Walter E. Frost, City of Vancouver Archives, CVA 447-8044

 

Completed: 06 Oct 1944

 

Fate: unknown

 

Kootenay Park was a Defensively Equipped Merchant Ship (DEMS). Though manned by a civilian crew, she had RCN sailors on board to man and operate the gun that was fitted to her for protection and convoy defence.

 

Built by Burrard Dry Dock Company Ltd., North Vancouver, BC - once completed, Kootenay Park was managed by the Canadian-Australasian Line Limited of Vancouver until 1946 when she was sold to Seaboard Shipping Limited of Vancouver and renamed Seaboard Pioneer. Her name was inspired from Kootenay National Park, established in 1920 in British Columbia.

 

Photos and Documents

 

 

     In memory of those who have crossed the bar    

They shall not be forgotten

 

 

Smith, L.A.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photos and Documents

 

Poem about the SS Kootenay Park written by DEMS Gunner L.A. Smith

 

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