CategoryRecreational Artifacts, Game
MaterialsPlastic; leather; metal
DescriptionA travel cribbage board with three pegs. The leather case has a metal clasp and has a chain attached to it. On the back of the case it reads "Souvenir of Alaska S.S. PRINCESS PATRICIA".
History of UseMany famous corporate names disappeared during the 1960s. Venerable firms such as P&O, Cunard and Holland America flirted with vacation travel and managed to survive, but the modern cruise industry was the creation of newcomers.
One of these was a Canadian-born Seattle businessman, Stan McDonald, who had developed a taste for cruising with a charter ship serving in the 1962 Seattle World's Fair.
Following the event, McDonald looked for another ship. He was aware that Canadian Pacific's small coastal steamer Princess Patricia, although busy each summer from Vancouver to Alaska, was idle in the winter. He chartered he for two seasons, the first Mexican Riviera cruises from Los Angeles.
Princess Patricia lent her name to what would become one of passenger shipping's most famous firms, Princess Cruises.