Our Senior Volunteer Contributors include:

Bill Clearihue

Bill Clearihue

He has joined the Nauticapedia Project and has contributed his records of members of the University Naval Training Division (U.N.T.D.) that he has been researching for a number of years. He made a career in the Pharmaceutical Industry until his semi–retirement in 2005. He now (2014) resides in Oakville ON. He was appointed in 2010 as Assistant Editor of the UNTD Newsletter to which he brings great story–telling and computer skill to the task as well as a keen interest in naval heritage. He also is compiling the definitive Nominal Roll for the UNTD and assembling the Digital UNTD Archive. He was appointed as a Sub–Lieutenant RCN(R) 1968. He served in HMCS Donnacona as Divisional Officer of the Communications Division 1968–1969.

Our Arctic & Northern Correspondent:

Alec Provan

Captain Alec Provan

He has been mariner since before the Second World War, working in merchant vessels around the world. He taught at the Newfoundland College of Fisheries, managing the Pre–Sea Course. He did time in the Arctic in command of vessels supporting the oil exploration in the Beaufort Sea. He had a distinguished career with Transport Canada retiring as the District Manager in Victoria BC. He continues to be active in a number of marine groups on Vancouver Island.

Our Victoria Waterfront Correspondent:

Murray Polson

Murray Polson

In his own words – Murray Polson loves boats. He is not sure if it’s the feel of them reflecting the movement of the sea or their graceful curves or their powerful work ethic. Perhaps it’s their romantic essence of ‘iron men and wooden ships’. Or maybe it’s his family association with the Polson Iron Works. He has spent time servicing put–puts in Garrow Bay, log salvaging out of Williamson’s Landing, sailing prams and eight meter yachts in the Strait of Georgia and the Strait of Juan de Fuca. He photographs boats and ships as he sees them; giving a little push of assistance, piloting people, bringing home dinner or searching for new horizons. He seeks them here, he seeks them there, he peeks and clicks them everywhere.

Our Military & Naval Vessel Correspondent:

Bryon Taylor

Bryon Taylor

As resident expert on RCN, RCAF, Canadian Army and RCMP vessels, Bryon brings the product of 30 years research into the history of these vessels. He was able, during his time in the Navy, to conduct extensive research across Canada. His interest in the history of the Canadian Forces in Canada started with research into the West Coast Defences and Submarine Mining at Esquimalt, to assist the project to stabilize the gun emplacements at Duntze Head. His interest in RCN vessels started with his research for the Director of Ceremonial for the book on Badges, Battle Honours, Mottoes and Operational history of RCN Ships. These projects identified the lack of information on Naval, Military and Police small vessels, which he has since rectified. As a hidden skill, he has extensive experience in data management and data analysis. Recently retired from the Naval Reserve he lives near the village of St–Luc Quebec. He is co–author of the book History of the RCMP Marine Services.

Our US Military & Naval Vessel Correspondent:

George Duddy

George Duddy

George Duddy is a retired Professional Engineer. His 40 year working career was spent on hydro electric construction and construction planning with B.C. Hydro and as a consultant. Duddy was born in Fort St John where his father managed the Hudson’s Bay Company store. His family moved to Metchosin on Vancouver Island in 1944. His interest in maritime subjects was developed in his youth while living beside and fishing in the sea and observing log transportation, naval exercises and incoming ships calling at the William Head Quarantine Station at Parry Bay. He was active for many years with the Lower Mainland Yacht Coop at White Rock B.C. where he currently resides and was Commodore in 1989–1990. He actively enjoys historical research and has written several articles that are available on Nauticapedia.

Our Fraser River Correspondent:

Loch McJannet

Loch McJannett

Loch McJannett is retired and lives with his wife Elizabeth in Vancouver along the North Arm of the Fraser River. His sales and operations focused career has taken him primarily through resource industries: mining in BC, oil & gas in Scotland, Belgium and Texas, forestry in Canada and the USA and finally clean energy projects in BC (run of river hydro, wind, solar, biomass). His retirement priority is camera outings and traveling, particularly to the Yukon and Northwest territories with a 38’ 5th wheel RV. Ocean going vessels and tugs have always been savoured since being introduced to the Halifax Nova Scotia waterfront docks as a youth and then working passage aboard a Norwegian freighter from BC to Australia. Since moving to the North Arm in March of 2016 Loch has logged 87 different tugs passing by his riverside condo.

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