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Atlin Lake launch Atlinto

by Murray Lundberg


Historic launch Atlinto at Atlin, BC, in 1991     There are three historic boats lying on the beach at Atlin - the large and famous Tarahne, built in 1917, the launch Atlinto, built in 1906, and the the Mounted Police launch Gladys, built in 1899. Tarahne and Atlinto are located in front of the Atlin Mountain Inn, and Gladys is to the north of the marina.

    "Afflecks's List of Sternwheelers Plying the Yukon Waterways" says that she was built in 1906 at Vancouver, by the Vancouver Ship Yard Ltd., for John Deeks. She is a screw propeller launch, 36.1 feet long, with a 9.0 foot beam and 4.5 foot hold. Her gross tonnage is 17.08, registered as 11.62 tons. She was powered by engines by Buffalo Gasoline Motor Company of New York. Her Canadian Shipping Registry number is 121731.

    She was initially used to run tours on Atlin Lake, as well as hauling freight from the Taku Tram at Scotia Bay.

    In 1913, a Samson engine was installed, according to Affleck. The sign on the boat says that a 40 hp, 4-cylinder Brennan powered the boat.

    Atlinto changed hands several times; in 1926, she was sold to Gagne Piledriving & Transportation Company of Courtenay, B.C.

    Atlinto was beached in the late 1950s, and remains in the same location today.




Atlinto in front of the Atlin Inn in the 1920s.
Historic launch Atlinto in front of the Atlin Inn in the 1920s



The top left photo below shows the Atlinto on the beach at Atlin on August 11, 1991. The others, including the top one, were shot on August 23, 2014 - click on each to greatly enlarge them.
Historic launch Atlinto at Atlin, BC, in 1991 Historic launch Atlinto at Atlin, BC, in 2014
Historic launch Atlinto at Atlin, BC, in 2014 Historic launch Atlinto at Atlin, BC, in 2014
Historic launch Atlinto at Atlin, BC, in 2014 Historic launch Atlinto at Atlin, BC, in 2014




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