The S.S. Beaver was a Hudson’s Bay Company steamship. It was the first steamship on the west coast of North America. After 52 years of faithful service an inebriated crew ran the steamship aground on rocks here at Prospect Point on July 26, 1888. The wreck became a popular Sunday picnic destination for many Vancouverites. The wreck finally sank in July 1892 from the wake of the passing steamer Yosemite, but only after enterprising locals had stripped much of the wreck for souvenirs. Click on the photo to see a larger image.