There was a time back in the 1800’s when Port Essington was the northern city at the mouth of the Skeena River. There were no roads or railroad in those days so travellers to the north travelled by steamboat from Victoria to Port Essington. Most travellers in those days were headed into the Omineca during the time of the rush for gold there.
Paddle wheelers were the transportation from Port Essington up the Skeena to Hazleton. Sometimes when the river was too high or too low the paddle wheelers could not navigate the river so people hired Tsimshian canoes to take them up the river.
I travel this route often by boat near the old Port Essington site and I always think of those days when there was no Prince Rupert, only the city of Port Essington.
Artist: Roy Henry Vickers
Image Size: 19" x 27"
Edition Size: 80