Lewis and Dryden mention a collision, in June of 1865, between the big sternwheeler Alexandria, note the alternative spelling, and the steamer 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 steamer 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 against the schooner Maria Scott, the latter sustaining 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 and 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 and Dryden Printing Company, 1895), 140.
  • 2. Laid Up, British Colonist, July 3, 1865.
  • 3. From New Westminster, British Colonist, July 1, 1865.
  • 4. Ibid.
  • 5. E. W. Wright, Ed., Lewis & Dryden's Marine History of the Pacific Northwest, 140.
Mentions of this vessel in the documents
The Colonial Despatches Team. Alexandra. The Colonial Despatches of Vancouver Island and British Columbia 1846-1871, Edition 2.2, ed. The Colonial Despatches Team. Victoria, B.C.: University of Victoria.

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