The S.S. Hochelaga served as the water connection between Charlottetown and Pictou between 1924 and 1940 and is remembered as a luxurious vessel – as indeed it was having started life as the private yacht of the Archduke of Austria. But it also led other lives including a submarine patrol vessel, vice-regal yacht and a Zionist refugee ship. The whole story is told in an article titled One Steamship’s Story which appears in the Spring / Summer 2014 issue of the The Island Magazine. As a teaser here is a gallery of the Hochelaga photos – some of which do not appear in the article. Click on any of the photos to start slide show.
Postcard of SS Hochelaga
SS Hochelaga in Pictou
SS Hochelaga at the mouth of Charlottetown Harbour
SS Hachayal Halvrai [Hebrew Fighter] in Haifa ca. 1946
SS Hochelaga seen from J.O. Hyndman’s farm
HMCS Hochelaga during wartime
HMCS Hochelaga. Note naval signaler on bridge.
SS Hochelaga at Pictou ca. 1936
SS Waturus (later Hochelaga) as Randal Morgan’s private yacht ca. 1906
SS Waturus at the time of its grand tour ca. 1906
SS Waturis at Funchal in the Madeira
SS Hochelaga in Pictou. Photo courtesy of Charles E. Frohman Collection/Hayes Presidential Center.
Hochelaga passing Pictou Lodge. At least four autos can be seen on the stern deck.