Triangle Service Menu

From 1908 through the mid-1950s, Canadian Pacific offered steamship service on a “triangle route” between Vancouver, Seattle, and Victoria. This menu from that service offers a table d’hôte dinner with a choice of nine entrées for $1.50. Among others, the entrees include Fraser River salmon, scrambled calf’s brains, stuffed roast turkey, prime ribs, and roast tomatoes with mushrooms.

Click image to download a 1.8-MB PDF of this menu.

Unfortunately, the menu is undated, but it looks enough like yesterday’s Totem Poles menu and the previous day’s Empress Hotel menu that, like those menus, it is probably from around 1936. The inside shows a picture of a three-stack steamship that would have been either the first Princess Marguerite or the Princess Kathleen. These ships entered into service in 1925, so the menu must be from that year or later. Both ships were pressed into government service during World War II, during which the Marguerite was sunk, while the Kathleen was sunk due to poor navigation in 1952.

The back of the menu lists 15 Canadian Pacific hotels and six lodges while the inside front cover has photographs of Skagway, Alaska, one of the destinations of Canadian Pacific’s Alaska steamship service. The menu itself fits on the inside back cover as there is no a la carte service.


Triangle Service Menu — 1 Comment

  1. Well, no sardines or tongue, but now we have scrambled cow brains on toast and jelly made from cow feet. Canadians seemed to like lots of “variety” meats.

    There’s a clue about the menu date with the picture of the Ford Tri Motor airliner at Skagway. It was one of three owned by the White Pass Railroad and Navigation Company. Until 1937, they used float planes for service on the Klondike River at Skagway during the navigation season. The Tri Motor was used during the winter, and landed on a gravel bar in the river. In 1938, a grass strip for year round use was finally constructed by the White Pass and floatplane use abandoned for passenger service. Since the Tri Motor is on a grass strip, it’s not winter, and the picture caption talks about the “newest” way to get to Skagway, I’d guess that 1938 or 1939 is the menu date. Close enough to your guess for government work.


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