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Captain James Walter Rogers

February 21, 2012

James Walter Rogers was born in California in 1866 and was brought to British Columbia as a boy by his father Captain William Rogers, a noted mariner and brother to Jeremiah Rogers of Jericho,  English Bay.  Rogers began his riverboat career at an early age on the Ada.   He was serving  on his father’s vessel the Robert  Dunsmuir at Burrard Inlet when Vancouver burned down in 1886, helping to ferry people to the North Shore,  and was Captain of the Dunsmuir on Fraser River during  the great fire of 1898 at New Westminster.   He also served  on the Western Slope and the City of Nanaimo. 

Captain James W Rogers
Captain JW Rogers
JW Rogers was Captain of the river ferry Surrey in 1901 and 19o2.

In 1902 Rogers was released from the Surrey to take an appointment as Captain of the Victorian, which was converted to ferry train cars and passengers between the Mainland and Vancouver Island. When in 1903 the rail line between Cloverdale and Port Guichon was completed,  the Victorian went into service between Port Guichon and Sidney.

From 1907 to 1925 JW Rogers was Master of the Fraser River dredge, King Edward, and later captained the snag boat Samson.

James Walter Rogers  retired in 1936 and died at New Westminster in 1939.

JW Rogers gravestone

Gravestone of Captain James Walter Rogers
Fraser Cemetery, New Westminster BC

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