Vancouver Daily World 1918.04.08
May Instal System Peace River Development Com pany Preparing for Record Season in Northern Interior. NAVIGATION TO OPEN SECOND WEEK IN MAY Steamers' First Task Will be Hauling Wheat from Fort Vermilion. When navigation opens on the Peace river, which should be about the first of next month, there is every reason to believe that a wire less system connecting Fort Vermilion Vermilion and Fort . Worth with Peace River will be established. Mr. V. Lloyd - Owen, who Is manager of the Lord Khondda Interests in Western Canada, has Just returned from a trip to Ottawa, and he Interviewed the Dominion government in this respect respect The establishing of this connection connection would serve to open up the north to a marked degree . It is the Intention to have the proposed system system under the control of the R. N. W. M. P. In the opinion of Mr. V. Lloyd - Owen the northern rivers and lakes will attract considerable of the tourist tourist trade this year. Much of this traffic will be drawn from that which heretofore his gone to the West Indies, Indies, Jamaica, etc., which is now hampered on account of war condi tions. In anticipation of taking care of the increased trade tho Peace River Development Corporation, Limited, which this year has exclu sive control of transportation in the Peace River district, is improving the service and adding new facilities to its system. Officials and employees ot the company are on the ground early this spring, and when the ice clears everything will be in readiness to commence a busy season. Mr. H. J. Hutchinson, chief engineer on the steamer P. A. Thomas, left this city pn Saturday to overhaul the engines of his steamer for her season's work. Wireless on Peace River WILL LAUNCH WAR COMOX ON THURSDAY The wooden steamer War Co - mox, the first vessel to be built for'the Imperial Munitions Board at New Westminster, will bo launched at Poplar Island by tho Now Westminster Engineering & Construction Company on Thursday Thursday morning. This announcement announcement was made this morning by the officials of the compnny after having conferred with the I. M. B. representatives. The launching will take place about 5 o'clock. The company's transportation schedule schedule commences on May 18. Giving Exclusive Service. The company has sole charge of the transportation this year on account account of both the Hudson's Bay Company and the Northern Transportation Transportation Company dropping out of the field. From tho Peace River Crossing Crossing up to Hudson's Hope, in this province, it is approximately 330 miles, while from the Peace River Crossing to Vermilion Chutes is 2S0 miles. The company has two steamers on the route. Those are the D. A. Thomas, which, by the way, Is Lord Rhondda's own name, and the Lady Mackworth, which steamer is named for his daughter. One of the first commissions of these boats when they open the schedule into the north will be to haul out 10,000 bushels of wheat grown last year at Fort Vermilion. Last year a similar amount was brought out and was shipped direct to Europe, via Fort William. It is 1000 miles from where this wheat is grown to the U. S. border. In the Fort Vermilion Vermilion district there is approximately 3.000,000 acres of the finest wheat - growing country on the continent. Autos at Vermilion. These vessels carry practically all the freight that goes Into the north. Last year two automobiles were taken tn Fort Vermilion and these machines are probably enjoying tho distinction of being the farthest norm ot any bo far. This country is so level, It Is I said, that It is possible to motor tor mlleB across country. Five trading posts have been established established by the Peace River Development Development Company. These are at Hudson's Hudson's Hope. Lake Saskatoon, Peace River Crossing, Fort Vermilion and Hay River. Along the whole water route there are only two places where it is necessary to portage.