British Columbia's centennial celebrations get off to a colourful start with a full-dress re-enactment of the arrival of the first gold rush ship of eighteen-fifty-eight.
SEQ COMMODORE APPROACHING QUAY
MLS WAITING CROWDS ON WHARF
5 1/2 ft
SEQ COMM. PULLS INTO DOC!
SEQ MS PASSENGERS IN PERIOD DRESS
MLS WAVING GIRLS IN PERIOD DRESS ON QUAYSIDE
20 1/2 ft
MORE PASSENGER DISEMBARKING
LS OVERALL SCENE AT QUAYSIDE
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Background: British Columbia's centennial celebrations get off to a colourful start with a full-dress re-enactment of the arrival of the first gold rush ship of eighteen-fifty-eight. Some ten-thousand people are at the Victoria dockside to welcome the modern-day counterpart of the old SS Commodore. The original Commodore carried the first of many gold miners to British Columbia from San Francisco. Victoria was then the port and outfitting centre of the gold rush -- a bustling city of tents, shacks and saloons, built for the miners..........
A band of Indians, civic and government officials welcome the nineteen-fifty-eight "miners" -- members of the Royal Canadian Navy history repeats itself as a million and a half British Columbia prepare to celebrate their centenary.