MV Lady Rose

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Lady Rose (motor vessel) 1940s.jpg
Lady Rose in Vancouver harbor in the 1940s.
Name: MV Lady Rose
Owner: Initially Union Steamship Company of British Columbia
Operator: Union Steamship Co of BC, 1937–1951
Builder: A. & J. Inglis, Pointhouse Shipyard, Glasgow
Yard number: 997
Launched: Wednesday, 17 March 1937
Out of service: After 2004 and before 2009
Status: Awaiting restoration as a floating restaurant
General characteristics
Class and type: coastal motorship
Tonnage: 199 gross tons
Length: 105 ft (32 m)
Beam: 21 ft (6 m)
Depth: 14 ft (4 m) depth of hold
Installed power: diesel engine
Speed: 11.5 knots (21.3 km/h)
Capacity: 130 passengers (summer license); 25 tons cargo

MV Lady Rose is a small, single-screw, diesel coastal vessel, which operated on the west coast of British Columbia, Canada.

Design and construction

Originally a Union Steamship Company of British Columbia vessel, she was the smallest ship ever custom ordered for them. She was built 1937 at A. & J. Inglis in Glasgow and originally christened Lady Sylvia when launched in 1937. The ship was 104.8 feet long, with a 21.2 foot beam and 14.3 depth of hold. The ship's overall size was 199 gross tons. The original engines were built by the National Gas and Oil Company, an English firm, and consisted of the main unit, a 220 horsepower diesel engine with a 28-horsepower reserve unit, The ship's speed was 11.5 knots. The ship was licensed to carry 130 people in the summer and 70 in the winter. Cargo capacity was 25 tons.[1]


Lady Rose was intended for the use on Barkley Sound.[2][3]

She was designed for the sheltered coastal waters of British Columbia. However, this was the first diesel powered vessel to cross the Atlantic driven by a single propeller. She is the last survivor of the USS fleet. She operated on routes between Port Alberni, Bamfield and Ucluelet, all near or on Barkley Sound.

In 1951 Union Steamship sold Lady Rose to Harbour Navigation Company.[1]

Owned by Lady Rose Marine Services, she remained a vital cargo link to Bamfield until the begin of the 21st century, although her primary cargo has always been passengers, as she was built as a day-tripper for Union Steamship. She is awaiting restoration in Tofino at Jamie’s Whaling Station since 2012.[4]


  1. ^ a b Henry, The Good Company, at page 149.
  2. ^ Shipping Times, Lady Sylvia
  3. ^ Lady Rose Marine Services
  4. ^ Farewell M.V. Lady Rose


  • Henry, Tom, The Good Company – An Affectionate History of the Union Steamships, Harbour Publishing, Madeira Park, BC (1994) ISBN 1-55017-111-9

External links

  • Lady Rose Marine Services website
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