Almost a year later, in September of 1915, the stick was hauled through the city in a triumphal procession. (Except when the tree got to the corner of Hastings and Granville. There it was a bit difficult to get it around the corner.) They then loaded it on the RMSP Marionethshire, perfectly straight and secure.
Instead, the large pole was dropped in the river to float. For four days, it was towed to Kew by tugs and passed under the 12 great bridges of London, where more crowds gathered to see it. It was moored at Sion Vista and landed on the Thames tow-path by the Clerk of the Woods of Kew and his staff then safely erected during 1916.
The stick from Vancouver was the greatest flagstaff the world had ever seen made from one piece of lumber and probably the greatest the world will ever see.
The tradition set by Captain Stamp had been carried on by the men of Vancouver's timber trade. But that wasn't the first of Vancouver's 'giant toothpicks' as they were often called, were featured in other areas of the world.
Even when the first great staff flew the flag of Empire in the Empire's capital, there were already these great logs in the Imperial Palace at Peking. Those were Douglas fir 64 feet long and five feet square of almost perfect quality. No other lumber in the world could brag of such triumphs.
In 1959, one hundred years after Edward Stamp's first gift to Kew Garden, a second replacement was shipped to London to renew the giant flagpole at Kew. It stood erect at the garden until 2007 when it was dismantled due to woodpecker action and decay. It was not replaced.
Thanks to the book, Vancouver, From Milltown to Metropolis by Alan Morley for the above information.
I hope you find the beauty around you.