The economy continued to pick up in 1916 in Vancouver. H.H. Stevens secured the first shipbuilding contracts for the city; J. Coughlan and Sons were to build six 8800-ton steel vessels on False Creek and Wallace Shipyards six wooden auxiliary schooners, several small steel vessels and an immense floating drydock in North Vancouver.
The auxiliary schooners were a new departure in ship designing, which made a considerable reputation on the deep seas as economical, if temperamental, cargo carriers. They were abandoned in the post-war slump. The Mabel Brown was the first and she was launched on January 20, 1917. The total of the first shipbuilding contracts exceeded $10 million.
Macdonald, the first Liberal member from Vancouver in the new Brewster government, was accused of accepting $25,000 for his personal campaign from the Canadian Northern Railroad. Macdonald was dropped from the cabinet and J.W. deB. Farris replace him as attorney- general.
Jitneys appeared that year. Mainly, they were Model T. Fords which, crammed to the limit with passengers at five or ten cents a head, mounted coloured signs that corresponded to one or another street-car route. This gave B.C. Electric some competition as well many people their first experience with riding in an auto mobile. Jitneys proved popular with the people, not so much with the transit company.
Not so long ago, Vancouver was a land-crazy circus, filled with beneficiaries and hangers-on of a boom where everybody was going to get rich overnight. Vancouver had matured.
Now, it was an active, industrial city and most of the citizens were wage earning. The weekly or monthly pay-cheque no longer represented a "stake" to be accumulated as quickly as possible to be reinvested somewhere else in a venture that would lead to independence. For most of the city's workers, a job was a steady and perhaps life-long occupation with an anticipated income.
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