National Geographic : 1958 Aug
colossus of British Columbia was no longer a Wild West town. Behind me on the train chattered a 16-year old English schoolgirl, coming to join her immigrant father in Canada. Her soft ac cent and expressions seemed completely in congruous with the rough male atmosphere I remembered from Kitimat construction days. So did Kitimat's tea parties, its plush new restaurant, and the swank Hudson's Bay Com pany department store. They would have been more in keeping with Burrard Street in Vancouver. Kitimat had acquired a strange new refinement. But great fires were still blazing in the forest behind the model town, and bulldozers pushed piles of burned stumps out of the way for construction of new neighborhoods. The Aluminum Company of Canada had slowed expansion of its mile-long smelter. ALCAN's plans for British Columbia, how ever, now included more than producing raw aluminum. "We now have a plant on Lulu Island at Vancouver, making aluminum wire, rod, and other semifinished products directly from raw ingots," Robert Muir, an old ALCAN friend, told me. Mammoth Blast Set Off Under Water Blots Out a Killer of Ships The twin peaks of Ripple Rock, rising within 9 feet of the surface of Seymour Narrows (map, page 156), wrecked more than 100 vessels sailing the Inside Passage. Last April America's largest nonatomic explosion hurled 370,000 tons of rock 800 feet into the air and reduced the peaks to rubble. A second and a half apart, the two pictures were taken 2,400 feet away, looking toward Vancouver Island. 184 Diagram shows how miners sank shaft from Maud Island, then burrowed under the channel to plant explosives.