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The first B.C. ferry company was a rowboat up and down Okanagan Lake (WITH VIDEO)

In this episode of our history TV show, BC Was Awesome , we dig in to the story of Thomas "Captain" Shorts. An entrepreneur through-and-through, Shorts ran the first rudimentary ferry service up and down Okanagan Lake.
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In this episode of our history TV show, BC Was Awesome, we dig in to the story of Thomas "Captain" Shorts.

An entrepreneur through-and-through, Shorts ran the first rudimentary ferry service up and down Okanagan Lake. He transported goods as well as people from Vernon all the way to Penticton and back, and his business flourished over the years.

A bit of a scruffy character he was also credited as claiming to find an Ogopogo bone; he left a trail of tall tales in his wake.

Watch below to learn all about Captain Shorts and his bizarre Okanagan legacy.

BC Was Awesome is a British Columbia history TV show co-produced by Vancouver Is Awesome and Artaban Productions. A book of the same name is set to be published in time for the province's centennial celebrations in 2021. Watch all of the episodes for free on OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL.

Captain Shorts ran the first ferry service up and down Okanagan Lake. ScreengrabCaptain Shorts ran the first ferry service up and down Okanagan Lake. Screengrab