An Incident With the A.L. Bryant

by John MacFarlane and William Phillips 2018

A.L. Bryant

The A.L. Bryant on her side. (Photo from the William Phillips collection.)

Contributor William Phillips found two images of a dramatic episode of the B.C. Forest Service vessel A.L. Bryant somewhere on the coast. The images are undated and no location is recorded. His father, Stanley A. Phillips, had worked with the Forest Service. He was an avid amateur photographer and William Phillips surmises that he was called to document the vessel when the incident occurred. Aside from the startling aspect of the hull no other damage is apparent in the images.

The A.L. Bryant was 40.5’ x 9.7’ x 4.8’ (12.8m x 2.9m x ?m) with a wooden hull 17gt 13.87rt

A.L. Bryant

The A.L. Bryant on her side. (Photo from the William Phillips collection.)

In 1928 she was built by the Marine Transit Co., Burnaby BC. In 1928–1950 she was owned by The Minister of Lands, Victoria BC for the British Columbia Forest Service. In 1942 she was rebuilt at the B.C. Forest Service Maintenance Depot.

The vessel was unlucky on a number of other occasions. In 1930 she collided with the ferry Sonrisa. In 1950 she was rammed by a tug at Centre Bay, Gambier Island BC. On October 3, 1950 while under command of Captain J.W. McDonald she collided with the Lady Cynthia half way between Finnistere Island and Whytecliff Point, in Queen Charlotte Channel, Howe Sound BC and sank.

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MacFarlane, John and William Phillips (2018) An Incident With the A.L. Bryant. 2018.

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