As the armistice of the Great War appraoched, Dawson City lost 10% of its population to the great tragedy sometimes called "the Titanic of the west".

The sinking of the SS Princess Sophia on October 25th 1918, had a significant impact on the landscape of the Yukon Territory, and the Lynn Canal communities. 100 years later, it is still the largest marine disaster in the Pacific Northwest. How could this happen? How could an estimated 367 passengers and crew, including many Northern residents, perish without anyone being saved?

This exhibit explores the events that happened between October 23-25, 1918, and tells the stories of the lives lost through first hand accounts and artifacts of the ship.

Presented in partnership with the Maritime Museum of British Columbia, Vancouver Maritime Museum, and Alaska State Museum.

This project has been made possible in part by the Government of Canada.


Opening Reception: October 25, 2018 | 5:30-7:30pm
Yukon Arts Centre Public Gallery


SS Princes Sophia stranded on Vanderbilt Reef. Alaska State Archives, Winter and Pond Collection, ASL-P87-1700


Performed at the Opening:

Dan Halen commemorated the SS Princess Sophia in song. Yukon Arts Centre were honoured to have Dan, Chic Callas and Adam Cripps perform at the exhibition opening and 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Sophia.