May 1st 1913

by Maurie Nord

Halfway from Nelson to Balfour she lies

On the winding narrow highway

You round a curve

Then suddenly you see her

overlooking Kootenay Lake

Two decks and the wheelhouse are all that remain

Now she is somebody’s house


British Columbia’s largest paddle steamer


Coronation of a Queen with her white train following

But now she is forever still

Something ended in that era

With the sad cessation

Of her paddle wheel

Copyright Maurie Nord 2014



3 thoughts on “Nasookin

  1. Great poem for the Nasookin. The picture at the top is from her maiden voyage May 1, 1913. Good timing for the poem. My father took this ferry when they moved from Quebec to Summerland, B.C. I’m glad they preserved part of it anyway. Wouldn’t it be cool to live there?

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