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S.S. Klondike National Historic Site of Canada

Whitehorse, Yukon, Canada

Formally Recognized: 1967/06/24

General view of the S.S. Klondike showing the quality of the vessel’s construction and its components, in particular its structural framing, mechanical systems and its well-executed carved planking, 1977.; Parks Canada Agency / Agence Parcs Canada, P. McCloskey, 1977.
General view
General view of the S.S. Klondike National Historic Site of Canada also showing the Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada plaque, 1982.; Agence Parcs Canada / Parks Canada Agency, F. Cattroll, 1982.
General view
General view of the S.S. Klondike showing the surviving unity of its equipment, in particular its original surface materials (lifeboats, meat and vegetable lockers, line, spars), 1982.; Parks Canada Agency / Agence Parcs Canada, F. Cattroll, 1982
General view

Other Name(s)

S.S. Klondike National Historic Site of Canada
S.S. Klondike
S.S. Klondike

Links and documents

Construction Date(s)

1937/01/01

Listed on the Canadian Register: 2008/04/18

Statement of Significance

Description of Historic Place

S.S. Klondike National Historic Site of Canada is a large sternwheeler dry-docked on the bank of the Yukon River beside the Robert Campbell Bridge in Whitehorse, Yukon Territory.

Heritage Value

The S.S. Klondike was designated a national historic site of Canada:
- to commemorate inland water transportation in the Yukon Territory;
- to represent Yukon steamers and other vessels.

The heritage value of the S.S. Klondike resides in its completeness and legibility as a fast water shallow drafter sternwheeler steamer representative of the type of vessel built for Yukon water transportation. The S.S. Klondike was built by the British Navigation Co, launched in 1937 and operated as a freight and passenger vessel on the Yukon river until 1955, when she retired. Commercial navigation ceased on the Yukon River in 1957. The S.S. Klondike has been restored by Parks Canada to the 1937-1940 period ship and is now open for public visitation.

Sources: Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada, Minutes, 1962: Commemorative Integrity Statement, 7 July 1997.

Character-Defining Elements

Key elements of this site include:
- the completeness of its hull, superstructure, propulsion and auxiliary systems;
- the physical integrity of the vessel as defined by its original massing, hull construction and design, particularly as it was adapted for silver-lead ore transportation;
- the quality of the vessel’s construction and its components, in particular its structural framing, mechanical systems and its well-executed carved planking;
- the surviving unity of the original vessel and its equipment, in particular its original surface materials and the details of its appearance as defined by its original colour and exterior elements (lifeboats, meat and vegetable lockers, line, spars);
- the surviving original functional organization of its interior and exterior space;
- the visual link between the S.S. Klondike’s final resting place and the Yukon River;
- the vessel’s siting beside the Yukon River in Whitehorse.

Recognition

Jurisdiction

Federal

Recognition Authority

Government of Canada

Recognition Statute

Historic Sites and Monuments Act

Recognition Type

National Historic Site of Canada

Recognition Date

1967/06/24

Historical Information

Significant Date(s)

1937/01/01 to 1955/01/01

Theme - Category and Type

Developing Economies
Technology and Engineering
Developing Economies
Labour
Developing Economies
Communications and Transportation

Function - Category and Type

Current

Leisure
Museum

Historic

Transport-Water
Vessel

Architect / Designer

n/a

Builder

British Yukon Navigation Co.

Additional Information

Location of Supporting Documentation

National Historic Sites Directorate, Documentation Centre, 5th Floor, Room 89, 25 Eddy Street, Gatineau, Quebec

Cross-Reference to Collection

Fed/Prov/Terr Identifier

782

Status

Published

Related Places

n/a

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