The newly completed transcontinental railway established new trade routes with Japan and on July 27 1886, the barque W.B. Flint arrived in Vancouver with 17,430 half-chests of tea which was immediately loaded on a special 10 car train headed east. The tea arrived in Montreal on August 8th and was unloaded in New York two days later. This was the first of a series of seven chartered ships that unloaded their cargo (mostly tea) in Port Moody for this inaugural transcontinental railway freight service. The railway had made trading with the Orient practical.
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Part of the tea shipment being unloaded from the W.B. Flint.
The W.B. Flint was built in Bath, Maine in 1885 and was practically new when she made her historic trip from Yokohama to Vancouver. In 1923 she was damaged on a return trip from Alaska and then laid up in Seattle till 1937 when she was burned for scrap.
Gordon Newell, Maritime events of 1936, H.W. McCurdy Marine History of the Pacific Northwest., p. 448.