Yukon Paddle-Wheeler by George Cousins
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In the early days of settlement in the Yukon Territory of Canada, steam paddle-wheelers like this one were plying the Yukon River as the prime means of getting from somewhere to anywhere. After the start of the Klondike Gold Rush,hundreds of paddlewheelers plied the Yukon River, supplying Dawson City, Whitehorse, and St Michael with all sorts of goods and services. With the advent of air travel and the construction of the Alaska Highway, their era came to an end.
I took this picture when I was stationed in Whitehorse in the summer of 1955. At the time, I don’t believe there were any ships actually running. The only ones I could find were beached like this one.
Taken with a Exakta 35mm. SLR, Kodachrome film, and scanned with a Canoscan 4000US scanner 49 years later!

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  • Stan Wojtaszek
    Stan Wojtaszekover 5 years ago

    Man, this slide held up remarkably well. The only hint I had that it was an older image was the uniforms. Sad to see an era come to an end. Price of progress (?)

  • I had good luck with my slides, I always kept them in Carousel trays, in the box, so the only time they were exposed was when we had a “nostalgia night”..lol! Which wasn’t more than once every year or so. I did find a place with 4 or 5 of these old girls on the beach but it was a rotten day and the image quality just isn’t there.

    – George Cousins

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