Fonds mac-98 - Alex Courquin fonds

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Alex Courquin fonds

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mac mac-98

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  • [ca. 1925-1985] (Creation)
    Courquin, Alex

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29 photographs : b&w prints. -- 1 folder of textual records.

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Alex Courquin was a Master and Pilot on the Hudson's Bay Company (HBCo.) vessels, "Athabasca" and "MacKenzie River", in 1922 and 1923. He first worked for the White Pass and Yukon Route (WP&YR) as a second mate the season of 1924, and was the Master on Taylor and Drury's "Yukon Rose" from 1930 to 1936 and Master on the sternwheeler Keno in 1946.

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The fonds consists of photographs of sternwheelers on the Yukon River including the sternwheeler Klondike; sternwheelers pushing barges; the Nasutlin, Keno and Casca moored at Whitehorse wharf; different views of the crew working on the boats, including guiding the boat through Five Finger Rapids; a view of the White Pass and Yukon Route (WP&YR) depot with a passenger car and the derrick in operation in the foreground; loading horses onto a sternwheeler; wood camps and crew loading wood and an old truck onto a sternwheeler; a view of Dawson City; the Mayo waterfront with stacked bags of ore, and horses; sternwheeler slough near Lake Laberge; and close-ups of the paddle wheel on a sternwheeler. Also included is a photograph of Lou Morton who was Alex Courquin's mentor. Textual records include a letter from Arnold Roos, Parks Canada Historian, to Mr. Courquin, a song "Yukon Memories" written by Jim Wylie, and a copy of Mr. Courquin's working papers with WP&YR.

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