Part of a series on Kootenay memorabilia.
A beautiful postcard of the CPR shipyard at Nakusp showing the SS Bonnington in the later stages of completion sold for $132.50 US on eBay recently.
The Bonnington was one of three four-deck sternwheelers launched by the CPR before World War I. (The others were the SS Nasookin on Kootenay Lake, and the SS Sicamous on Okanagan Lake.)
It plied the Arrow Lakes during the summer from 1911 to 1931 and was later sold and dismantled. In 1960, the remaining hull sank near the shore at Beaton. It was located there 30 years later by the Underwater Archaeology Society of BC.
The postcard’s seller was in Portland.
• A colourful stock certificate from the Galena Creek Mining Co. of Lardeau sold last month for $55 US. It’s dated November 26, 1900, made out to Mary Douglas of Pittsburgh, and good for 1,000 shares. The certificate is signed by president J.A. Marshall and secretary Vernon H. Cowsert.
The company was incorporated in February of that year with capital of $150,000 in 10 cent shares. It was headquarters in Belleville, Ontario and had an office in Rossland. The rest of the executive consisted of vice-president W.B. Riggs, treasurer A.E. Lewis, and managing director J.M. Miller.
The company owned the Daisy and St. Louis claims at the head of Lardeau Creek. The latter was Crown-granted to E.G. Sills in 1906, but lay idle until worked in the 1980s by local prospectors Jack and Eric Denny.
One other example of this stock sold in 2006 for $46.
• An ornate porcelain vase depicting the Rossland post office sold for $69 US.
It was made in Germany and probably dated from not long after the building’s completion in 1901. A 1929 fire destroyed the mansard roof and third floor.
The seller was in Tacoma.
This story will appear in the West Kootenay Advertiser on June 21.