Lewis & Dryden mention a collision, in June of 1865, between the big sternwheeler Alexandria, note the alternative spelling, and the Fidelater, which sank the latter vessel off Clover Point, bringing on a damage suit.1
On July 3, 1865, the British Colonist reports that the Alexandra is now finally laid up by her owners till the termination of her pending lawsuit.2 The paper goes on to print transcriptions of the Vice Admiralty Court case in subsequent papers.
On Monday, July 1, 1865, the Colonist reports the arrival on the Alexandra at New Westminster, from Victoria.3 The article notes that upon its arrival to port, the Alexandra was carried by the high wind and struck the Maria Scott which sustained slight damage.4
When it was not colliding with other ships, the Alexandra could be found trading across the border in Puget Sound, where, according to this despatch from 1864, it was embroiled in a minor legal tussle when the the owner and master of the Alexandra had been obstructed in the prosecution of Lawful Voyages, between this Port [Victoria, presumably] and Ports on Puget Sound.
Lewis & Dryden make no mention of the Alexandra's construction details or fate, but they do deem it an ill-starred ship.5
  • 1. E. W. Wright, ed., Lewis & Dryden's Marine History of the Pacific Northwest (Portland: The Lewis & Dryden Printing Company, 1895), 104.
  • 2. Laid Up, British Colonist, July 3, 1865.
  • 3. From New Westminster, British Colonist, July 1, 1865.
  • 4. Ibid.
  • 5. Wright, Lewis & Dryden's Marine History, 140.
Mentions of this vessel in the documents