This sternwheeler greets most visitors as they enter our city. It represents an age when the City of Whitehorse served a major function as the transportation hub of this entire region, taking miners, their families, and those who wished to take advantage of the Gold Rush to the Klondike. This sternwheeler may be toured today. Easy access & RV parking.
S.S. Klondike II – Facts and Specifications
The S.S. Klondike II was launched in Whitehorse in May of 1937. It is owned by the British Yukon Navigation Co. / White Pass & Yukon Route, and its port of registry is Dawson City, Yukon Territory. As well as passengers, the S.S. Klondike also hauled cargo. Shipments downstream from Whitehorse to Dawson carried general cargo of fuel and food, and shipments upstream from Dawson to Whitehorse brought silver-lead ore. Travelling downstream took approximatley 1.5 days, and upstream trips took 4-5.
Today, Parks Canada offers a self-guided tour option for those visiting the S.S. Klondike, and private tourism operators offer guided tours of the S.S. Klondike.
For further information please visit the Parks Canada web site.
- Official No.: 156744
- Length: 64 m (210′)
- Width: 12.5 m (419′)
- Molded Depth: 1.5 m (5.75′)
- Loaded Draught: 1 m (40 in.)
- Light Draught: 6 m (24 in )
- Gross Tonnage: 1226.25 tonnes (1362.5 t)
- Registered Tonnage: 918.45 tonnes (1020.5 t)
- Cargo Capacity: 270 tonnes (approx. 300 t)
- Crew: 23 (in 1940)
- Passengers: 75 (lst & 2nd class)
- Engines: 2 compound jet-condenser type producing 525 H.P.
- Boiler: Locomotive type (fire-tube) manufactured at the Polson Iron Works, Toronto, 1901. Previously used in Steamer Yukoner & S.S. Klondike #1 (working pressure:129.4 kilograms/sq. cm. – 184 lb /sq. in. )