• Alert:
    High Streamflow Advisory
    Water levels are expected to keep rising through the weekend. Please note that the wooden boardwalk along Quayside will be closed starting Friday, July 3rd until water levels recede. Please use caution around the riverfront.

Samson V Museum

The museum and archives at Anvil Centre and Irving House are closed to the public until further notice, effective Tuesday, March 17, 2020 in response to coronavirus (COVID-19). 

For more information, see https://www.newwestcity.ca/city_hall/media/press_releases/site_post/2851.php.

Samson V Public Hours

Saturday - Sunday, 12 - 4 pm


Samson V, launched in 1937, is the last surviving wooden steam-powered sternwheeler built for the federal Department of Public Works for use as a snag-boat on the Fraser River. At 418 gross tons and 115’ on deck, she was the fifth in a series of similar vessels dating back to 1884 that cleared debris, maintained aids to navigation and government docks, performed surveys and served other functions as needed.

Samson V was the last steam-powered sternwheeler to operate in Canada and representative of a of the federal government’s long-standing involvement in maintaining the waterways of western Canada. The Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada has declared the operation of sternwheeler snag-boats by the Department of Public works on the rivers of British Columbia an event of national historic significance and in the future intends to commemorate this by means of a plaque installed on or near Samson V, “the last representative example” of these vessels.

Samson V was retired in 1980 and sold to the City of New Westminster for one dollar on the understanding that the vessel would be preserved as a museum and that it occupy a unique place in the Province’s and City’s maritime heritage. Samson V remains the only completely intact and floating wooden sternwheeler in North America.