While riding along the west shore of Kootenay Lake near Nelson, British Columbia our roving Woody Boater Texx, saw something different…..The ultimate Woody Boater house. The SS NASOOKIN…. This house is made from part of the superstructure from the old sternwheeler SS Nasookin.

Here is the Wikimapia story…. and a map if you want to go gaulk..galk..stalk? How ever you spell that word…
The S.S. Nasookin was the biggest sternwheeler to ply B.C.’s inland waters. Built in Ontario and assembled and launched in Nelson in 1913 it was also the largest lake boat operating west of the Mississippi. This 235 ft by 40 ft. vessel, weighing 1,869 tons was the pride of the Canadian Pacific Railroad fleet, carrying people and goods on Kootenay Lake in southeastern BC for 33 years. In 1933 the BC government purchased the ship and converted it into a car ferry for service on Kootenay Lake, a service it operated in until 1947. SS Nasookin was retired in 1947, and after being damaged beyond repair in 1949, was sold for scrap. The Wheelhouse and the Ladies Observation Lounge was moved to its present location two miles east of Nelson. The structure was floated on a barge up the lake and skidded onto its present site, where it was operated as a craft and rock shop. For the last half of the 1970s, it was unused. Finally, in 1981 this piece of history was acquired by Merv and Mae Coles, who converted it into their unique home.

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3 Responses to “The SS NASOOKIN, I Am Humbled By It's Woddy Boatness!”
  1. Anonymous

    And by using only the superstructure they don't have to worry about the correct color boot stripe or bottom paint!

  2. hayden coles

    my granparents own that boat house its beautiful inside