The Wreck of the Gulfstream

by John MacFarlane and Cliff Rayner 2017


The Gulfstream two days after her demise (Photo from the Rayner Family collection.)

On 11/10/1947 she was wrecked on Dinner Rock near Powell River BC on Dinner Rock. She was stranded on the rock, but after a while the stern of the hull submerged drowning five passengers.

Cliff Rayner’s father encountered the wreck and photographed it.


The Gulfstream two days after her demise (Photo from the Rayner Family collection.)

In 1917 she was commissioned into the US Navy as the USS Wenonah. In 1919 she was transferred from the US Navy to the US Department of Commerce Coast & Geodetic Survey. In 1922 she was transferred back to the US Navy on the west coast. In 1928 she was removed from the Navy list. In 1929 she was owned by H.W. Goodall, Santa Barbara CA. In 1929 she was renamed as Stranger owned by Mrs. Marian Huntingdon, San Francisco CA. She was purchased in the name of E.A. Riddell by Royal Canadian Navy to be used as an armed yacht. In 1940 she was commissioned as H.M.C.S. Wolf as an Armed Canadian Naval Yacht on training and patrol duty. In 1940–1945 she was attached to the Esquimalt Defence Force. In 1943 she was functioning as an Examination Vessel. In 1945 she was paid off into the ship boneyard at Bedwell Bay in Indian Arm, sold and she was renamed as the Gulf Stream. In 1947 she was sold to Gulf Lines Ltd. Vancouver BC.

In 1947 she was re–engined and re–built for conversion to passenger and small freight trade.

To quote from this article please cite:

MacFarlane, John M. and Cliff Rayner (2017) The Wreck of the Gulf Stream. 2017.

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