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A Heritage Pakistani Freighter on the BC Coast
by Robert Lawson 2017
The Pakistani vessel berthed in Genoa Bay BC. (Photo from the John MacFarlane collection.)
The only boat associated with Expo ’86 that appeared in Genoa Bay BC was a large Dhow built by Jousef Bros. in Karachi, Pakistan. It was sent over by the Pakistan government as part of their participation.
The Pakistani Vessel underway about 1992 in Genoa Bay, on a maiden voyage with the Gardner diesel engine. Sadly some later owner ran it out of oil and it seized up and was too expensive to repair. (Photo from the Robert Lawson collection.)
If the vessel was named it was never displayed on the hull and she was not registered.
After the show was purchased by George O’Brien to convert into a yacht. He installed a 5–cylinder Gardner L3 engine and added a shipping container with large bronze ports as a deckhouse. The boat was more or less permanently berthed in Genoa Bay and Cowichan Bay for several years. He died around 1997 and his widow sold the boat.
Cal Gourley states "She sank in Ladysmith Harbour. Here she is refloated and fixed up. Just prior to leaving Ladysmith." (Photo from the Cal Gourley collection. )
Cal Gourley states "Her hull was fibreglassed in Maple Bay BC." (Photo from the Cal Gourley collection.)
It went through several parties before ending up being owned by the wharfinger of the Ladysmith Maritime Society. Marvin and his wife Heather lived aboard and installed a new engine, a Rolls Royce diesel, and rigged it as a schooner in hopes of taking it to Mexico. The hull proved to be built of substandard material and was seriously rotten so they fibre glassed the whole outside. The last I heard was that they were care taking a property on Cortes Island and living aboard.
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Lawson, Robert (2017) A Heritage Pakistani Freighter on the BC Coast. Nauticapedia.ca 2017. http://nauticapedia.ca/Gallery/Pakistani_Vessel.php
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