Vessels & Ships

The History and Rebuilding of the Aix / Nan LeaAix Nan Lea

The Aix was, in turn, a cannery tender, a tug boat, a fish boat and a yacht. She was lovingly rebuilt by Ron Drinkwater who enjoyed her for several years. She’s still afloat, in good condition, after more than a century of service.

The Audrey B.Audrey B.

The Audrey B. began life in the rum running trade in 1928. Throughout her working life, continuing until the early 1960s, she did valuable work for various owners in all of Canada’s major oceans. In retirement she provided a nurturing home for a family in North Vancouver. It was the vessel’s remarkable success in the Arctic, in an environment apparently unsuitable to her design and construction, that drew contributor George Duddy’s attention to this storied vessel, particularly her achievement in forwarding supplies in a very difficult ice year that allowed Captain Scotty Gall to complete the first ever navigation of Bellot Strait of the Northwest Passage in 1937.

The Gillnetter Eva on Finn Slough BCEva Finn Slough

The Eva was built as a wooden gillnetter by the Suzuki boatyard for an owner who lived in the little community of Finn Slough on the Fraser River.

The Fore and Aft Schooner Casco Schooner Casco

Of the thousands of vessels that have called British Columbia a home port the Casco had one of the most exotic backgrounds of any of them. Maritime heritage knows no boundaries and this story ties in themes from California, the South Seas, Alaska and Siberia. She was built c1878 in California as a yacht for Dr. Samuel Merritt of Oakland CA. She was opulently fitted out. In her time she was the yacht of Robert Louis Stevenson, a sealing vessel and a schooner trading into Siberia for furs.

The Mission Vessels of the British Columbia and Northwest Territory CoastsMission Boats

All the major Christian religions have operated Mission Boats in British Columbia waters. Their spiritual, social and medical activities have made such a huge contribution to the quality of life of the people they served that their memory looms large in the minds of coastal residents. Here is an attempt to create a nominal list of the vessels that, at some time in their careers, functioned as mission boats.

Vessels of the British Columbia Forest Service Vessels of the British Columbia Forest Service

There has always been a great interest in the vessels which were once operated by the British Columbia Forest Service. Many of them were designed and constructed by staff, and have a distinctive look. Here is an attempt to catalog a complete list.

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.

Vancouver’s Fleet of Former US Navy APc Vessels British Naval and Reserve Organizations

Contributor George Duddy has revised and updated his extensive list of Canadian vessels that were formerly serving in the US Navy. Following the war, the US Navy disposed of the small coastal transports. Eleven of these were eventually registered in Vancouver as Canadian vessels.

Western Canada’s Maritime War Dividend – The Military Vessels Converted for Civilian Use CN No. 2

Contributor George Duddy has substantially and extensively updated and re–written an earlier article by the late John Henderson on Converted Military Vessels. An influx of high quality military surplus vessels propelled the towing and transportation industry, and the forest and fishing industries and other commerce to a level that might not otherwise have been possible in British Columbia. Some of the vessels became private yachts. The vessels came mainly from the UK and USA with a few provided by the Canadian forces after the Second World War. Their purchase at low cost was indeed a small war dividend to the economy of a country that had contributed much in terms of lives and cost to war effort.

A Revised List of Vessels Dismantled by Capital Iron and Metals Ltd.Capital Iron and Metals Ltd.

A revised detailed list of the ships dismantled or scrapped by Capital Iron and Metals Ltd. in Victoria BC.

Careening The North Star of Herschel IslandCareening the North Star

Captain Sven Johansson, well–known Arctic mariner, employed traditional sailing ship techniques to clean and repair the bottom of his three-masted sailing vessel North Star of Herschel Island.

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