Yes, we grew up hearing those stories from my mother regarding her father's death.There was a 14 year court case.The families didn't get anything.We grew up not being impressed with multinational companies.
I didn't know there was a bronze statue of the dog who survived at the boat dock in Juneau. I'm glad there is some kind of a reminder of the tragedy.
I wish a cairn was built to commemorate this disaster.
Hugh, I have already checked the main cemeteries in Vancouver - Mountain View and Victoria where the bodies were buried. There was one unidentified body in Mountain View.
I have contacted the Canada Archives in Ottawa.They had correspondence between Whitehorse and Dawson City.There is mention of bodies recovered by early November.However there is no mention of bodies recovered in the Spring - Summer of 1919.
The people who would have had the most accurate records would be the CPR.It was their ship.They paid per body found. When the authors of the two books on the sinking of the Sophia requested information from the CPR archivist she informed the authors that the company archives had no material on the Princess Sophia.
In Morrison & Coates book they mention C.W. Young Co. undertakers in Juneau received $47,411.00 re transportation and care of bodies.
I live in Vancouver, B.C. - Hugh if you could check a few things out on your end that would be really greatly appreciated.
- Transportation and care of bodies per Dominion Express Co. $3,107.29
- Undertakers: C.W. Young Co. in Juneau $47,411.00