Who We Are

We are a small group of volunteers – individuals who all have strong professional backgrounds in maritime heritage. We are all authors of books, articles and papers related to this body of knowledge as well as career links to active marine agencies in Canada. We are all volunteers and do this work as enthusiasts for the love of maritime heritage. Our contributing writers and authors have similar backgrounds and are volunteers when working with The Nauticapedia.

The Co–Directors of the Nauticapedia Project are:

John MacFarlane

John MacFarlane

As Director of The Nauticapedia Project he is realizing a dream dating back to 1976 to highlight the defining stories of British Columbia’s heritage. He was elected as a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, (London U.K.) in 1994. He is the scion of three generations of Pacific coast tug boaters and naval officers. He was commissioned as an Acting Sub–Lieutenant in the Royal Canadian Naval Reserve in 1968 after completing two years of training with the University Naval Training Division (UNTD). He is a retired Director of the Maritime Museum of British Columbia in Victoria BC and is now the Curator Emeritus of that venerable institution. He is the author of numerous books and articles on maritime, naval and aviation topics including Canada’s Admirals & Commodores; Canada’s Naval Aviators and the Official Guide to Pacific Rim National Park.

Dan Salmon

Dan Salmon

As the project’s Chief Information Officer, Dan brings many years of IT expertise to The Nauticapedia Project. He manages the extensive databases and develops and maintains the pages on the website. In addition to a solid background in computers, Dan was involved in aviation as both a licensed Aircraft Maintenance Engineer and commercial airline pilot. His work experiences have taken him to the U.K. and Africa as well as throughout North Western British Columbia working for the Northern Health Authority and currently as an IT professional for a municipal government. The Nauticapedia Project is an expression of his long–standing interest in nautical history and participation in the information technology industry.

The Nauticapedia Senior Editor is:


Lynn Salmon

Lynn Salmon

Lynn has held an interest in maritime heritage and preservation for many years. After obtaining her BA from SFU in archaeology (northwest coast prehistory) and a diploma in museum studies through University of Victoria, she then worked full time at the Maritime Museum of British Columbia with exhibits and collections for eight enjoyable years. She wrote several articles for the in–house magazine The Resolution and assisted many authors with their research into maritime topics. She became a member of the Canadian Coast Guard Auxiliary, volunteering for two years, before joining the Canadian Coast Guard as a Radio Officer with the MCTS program—initially in Prince Rupert and then Comox until that shore station closed in 2016. She has written articles for Western Mariner and continues to pursue her passion for maritime heritage through dock-walking and writing.


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: Dec 21st, 2018

Databases have been updated and are now holding 56,445 vessel histories (with 5,467 images) and 58,183 mariner biographies (with 3,659 images).


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