Reflections and Essays on British Columbia’s Nautical Heritage

Some Thoughts on Collecting Nautical AntiquesNautical Antiques

When the decision to become an antique collector is made some good background information is needed to be successful. Collectors need to be more strategic than accumulators and make calculated decisions about what to buy and when to buy it.


The Nauticapedia in 2017 The Nauticapedia in 2017

The Nauticapedia Project has been operated for a number of years by a small group of dedicated volunteers. At the end of 2017 we did a summary of where we are now in the process.


The Best Ship Watching Locations in the Lower Mainland The Best Ship Watching Locations in the Lower Mainland

Contributor Robert Etchell may be the most passionate ship watcher in British Columbia. Over many years he has amassed a huge collection of very high quality images. He shares his favourite ship watching locations with readers who may wish to get their own images. If you bump into him when visiting these sites – introduce yourself.


The Search for British Columbia’s Oldest Floating Heritage Search for British Columbia's Oldest Floating Heritage

The search for the oldest vessel afloat in British Columbia is a difficult and complicated subject. The list is constantly shifting as vessels disappear and as the wrangle over defining terms such as afloat, or oldest vessel creates debate and disagreement. I would argue that just recently shifting an ancient vessel into BC waters does not create a new entry to the claimant list but that is only an opinion. Here is my attempt to establish the list of oldest vessels for consideration.


Recognizing and Preserving British Columbia’s Floating Heritage Floating Heritage

Recognizing and preserving British Columbia’s floating heritage is a subject on which almost every amateur marine historian holds strong opinions. Many initiatives to keep vessels away from the breakers fail. Is there a business model that will accomplish the goal and yet be financially and socially sustainable?


Vessel Registration in Canada Vessel Registration in Canada

Vessel Registration in Canada is a process poorly understood by mariners and nautical history buffs alike. It is actually a poorly enforced legal system of title registration for vessels.


Through Black Binoculars: Boat Watching on the Sunshine Coast Through Black Binoculars

Contributor David Sheffield recounts his early days watching boats with his brothers on the Sunshine Coast, experiences that created a lingering attraction and interest in the boats for a lifetime.


New Nauticapedia Book Just Published!

Volume Four in series

The Nauticapedia List of British Columbia's Floating Heritage Volume Four

Book — British Columbia's Floating Heritage
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Site News: November 13th, 2017

Databases have been updated and are now holding 50,543 vessel histories (with 4,571 images) and 57,599 mariner biographies (with 3,482 images).


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