This undated envelope advertises the Canadian, so it is from 1955 or (since it doesn’t say “the new Canadian) more likely later. It once included tickets for someone named John Vennema, who was staying at the Roosevelt Hotel and departing from pier 64 at the foot of Lenora Street at 8 am on July 25.
Since 1931, pier 64 had served Canadian Pacific princess steamships in Seattle. In the 1950s, CP’s Princesses Elizabeth, Joan, Marguerite II, or Patricia II departed this pier for Victoria at 8 o’clock every morning in the summer. After reaching Victoria, the ships then went to Vancouver, returning the next day. The first two of these steamships were built in 1930 and were mainly used in winter service while the latter two were built in 1949 and were mainly used in summer service, so Mr. Vennema was probably on the Marguerite or Patricia.
The princess liners were sometimes called “pocket liners” because they were smaller versions of CP’s Empress fleet liners that cross the Pacific and Atlantic oceans. In 1965, a man named Stanley MacDonald chartered the Princess Patricia for wintertime service between Los Angeles and Mexico, thus starting Princess Cruises. It is an interesting quirk of history that one of the most famous cruise ship companies today was named for Canadian Pacific pocket liners.
Pier 64 was about a one-mile walk from Seattle’s Roosevelt Hotel. The most direct pedestrian route went right through Seattle’s famous Pike Place Market, which would be a good place to pick up a snack for the trip to Victoria.