Dunsmuir's second yacht, Dolaura

Robert Dunsmuir’s second yacht, Dolaura

After Thistle burned to her waterline in 1908,  Dunsmuir ordered a new yacht to be built by Fleming & Ferguson of Paisley, Scotland. Dolaura’s name was a combination of his wife Laura’s name and that of his youngest daughter’s, Dola.  She was a magnificent vessel, echoing the design of the Canadian Pacific Empress’ of Japan, India, and China that had begun to visit Victoria a decade earlier. Dolaura allowed her owners to cruise the Pacific Coast in the pinnacle of the era’s luxury, from visiting San Francisco’s 1915 Exposition to explorations up to Alaska. Dolaura was fitted with a mahogany paneled drawing room warmed by a baronial fireplace and a formal dining room capable of seating twenty-four guests. The Dunsmuirs’ private suite included a large sitting room, bedroom, dressing room, and a white-tiled bathroom equipped with Venetian marble washbasins with sterling silver fittings.


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