The S.S. Beaver was a sail-and-steam hybrid ship and the object of much curiosity when she was launched in Blackwall near London in May, 1835.
- Contains 0.47 oz of .9999 fine Gold.
- Comes to you in the original box of issue with black protective sleeve. The included certificate of authenticity is numbered and tells a history of Steamships and trade.
- Mintage of 2,800 coins.
- Obverse: Displays a frosted cameo portrait of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II of England.
- Reverse: Features a finely engraved and dynamic depiction of the S.S. Beaver sailing past the wharf under her own steam power. The steam from her smokestack is accented using laser technology.
- Sovereign coin backed by the Canadian government.
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The Beaver sailed across the Atlantic Ocean, around Cape Horn and up the coast to Fort Vancouver, one of HBC’s fur-trading posts located on the Columbia River near present-day Portland (Oregon). After 225 days under sail, her 4 m (13 ft) steam-powered paddle wheels were installed to herald the start of a new era of steam for North America’s Pacific Coast.
In 1862, the Beaver was charted by the Royal Navy as Her Majesty’s Hired Survey Ship and spent seven years charting the coast. It continued to serve the HBC until 1874 when it was sold to serve as a freighter and towboat. In 1888, the Beaver ran aground on some rocks in the First Narrows of Vancouver Harbour.