June Hickey collection [textual records]

Supplied title note
Title based on the name of the donor of the records.
Collection number
Physical description
12.5 cm of textual records
Administrative history / Biographical sketch

Patrick Joseph Hickey was born in Ireland and emigrated to Newfoundland. He later moved to Victoria, British Columbia where he raised his family that included two sons, Richard Joseph and John David, and four daughters - Frances, Alice, May and Gertrude. While in British Columbia he worked for Canadian Pacific Navigation Co. (predecessor to the Canadian Pacific Railway Co.) on the BC coastal service route.

During his maritime career he served on the following vessels:

  • SS Transfer, as Master (1899)
  • R.P. Rithet, as Master (1900)
  • Princess Louise, as Master (1900)
  • Beaver, as Master (1900)
  • Princess Victoria, Master (1910-1911).

Richard Joseph Hickey was born on September 8, 1891 in Vancouver, BC. He followed in his father’s steps by undertaking a maritime career and working for the Canadian Pacific Railway Co. on the BC Coast Steamship Service route and later the Ocean Steamship Service (Empress liners) deep-sea routes that plied Chinese and Japanese waters.

Vessels that he served on and positions he held included:

  • Princess Royal, Able Body Seaman and Quartermaster (1908-1909, 1912)
  • SS Queen City, Quartermaster (1909-1910)
  • Princess Victoria (1910-1912)
  • Princess Beatrice (1912)
  • Princess Patricia, 2nd mate (1912)
  • Princess May, 3rd officer (1912-1913, 1914-1915)
  • SS Joan, 1st mate (1913-1914)
  • Princess Adelaide, 3rd officer (1914)
  • Charmer, 2nd officer (1915-1916)
  • Monteagle, 2nd officer (1916)
  • Empress of Japan, 2nd and 1st officer (1916-1919, 1920-1921)
  • SS Metheven, 2nd officer (1919-1920)
  • Empress of Russia, 1st officer (1921-1922), Staff Captain (1935-1937)
  • Empress of Asia, 1st and 2nd officer (1922-1925, 1926-1927)
  • Empress of Canada, 1st officer (1925), Chief Officer/Staff Captain (1934-1935), Staff Captain (1937-1938)

In 1921 Richard Hickey received his Master’s Certificate (for steamships only) and worked as Assistant Marine Superintendent on Canada’s east and west coasts until the end of his maritime career. He died on May 27, 1971 and was survived by wife Priscilla, son Richard John & daughter, Patricia June of Vancouver.

Scope & content
Records in this collection include correspondence, a logbook, and the maritime service records of Patrick Joseph Hickey and his son, Richard Joseph Hickey.
Records arranged by the Archivist.
Related materials
See VMM collection for records/books related to the Princess and Empress vessels.