This is my first build here on MSW. Most of my recent work has been in the model railroad world of structures kits and details, but I thought I would share this prototype build of an upcoming kit that I am designing.
The Arrow Lakes Lumber Company commissioned the construction of the CR Lamb in 1907 for $23,000. She was built by G.B. Ward, a boat builder from the Maritimes, working in Kamloops. Constructed with a wooden hull, she was 91 feet long and twenty feet wide, with a draught of four feet. The vessel had two 34 horsepower engines made by the Schaake Machine Works in New Westminster for a gross weight of 192 tons. She spent more than two and a half decades serving the logging company and residents fo the Shuswap Lake before being bought by Captain William Louie. He ran the boat well into the 1930’s providing cargo carriage, passenger services and even moonlight cruises and dances on-board. C.R. Lamb was decommisioned in 1936, her hull filled with gravel and now rests underwater in the Thompson River at the end of 8th Avenue in Kamloops BC.
As an interesting aside to the CR Lamb story, Captain Louie who had captained the CR LAMB for 15 years and then bought the CR LAMB and continued service into the 1930's with the boat, was of Chinese decent, but born in Canada. He took a lot of flack from government and press when he forced the Waterways commission to keep the opening span bridge working on the Thompson River long after the government had deemed it not necessary for shipping traffic. He was somewhat of a unspoken legend in these parts, keeping the steamboat working well past its prime of the early teens of the century. He even converted the upper deck of the ship to a dance floor and had bands and parties under the stars on the lake. Wow, that must have been a great time!!
I did do up a 1:160 version of the model which is a bit less detailed compared to how this build of the 1:87 version is going.