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BC Maritime History

Saving Old Boats

Assessing the significance of a vessel From: Recording Historic Vessels by National Historic Ships, UK. The goal of researching a vessel’s history is to gain a fuller understanding of the significance of: A) The vessel’s uniqueness or typicality in terms of its type and function. Is she a surviving example of a once-common type or is it a[.....]

Framing Wooden Hulls With UHMW-PE

Wooden boat building, like all construction methods, continues to evolve with availability of skills and materials. But I have to come down against the wholesale replacement of bent oak ribs with UHMW-PE. As a semi-temporary sister frame repair in isolated cases, the use of UHMW-PE makes perfect sense. It’s easy to install and holds[.....]

The Cogge Nonsuch

In 1916 Douglas P. Urry was serving (probably RCN) in the North Sea. While reading off watch he came across mention of “the Cogge Thomas,” and started to wonder what that ship might look like. He wrote to his brother, F. Wavell Urry, in Vancouver, and Wavell started sketching. These drawings are the result, the[.....]

Sakamoto Brothers Boatbuilding at Osland

Above is the beautiful gillnetter Bee, built 1933 at Osland. She might be double-ended or round-sterned, but hard-chined (vee-bottom) which is very unusual. It’s launching day. There’s another boatshop in the background, along with one or two houses and a substantial deer fence. This may be one of the earliest streamlined pilothouses. Photo from the[.....]

Gillnetters at Cassiar Cannery

Storing gillnetters ashore for the winter, at Cassiar Cannery outside Prince Rupert. These were probably taken either before or during WWII, some of the boats have round front proper pilothouses, but many are still the little square one-man box. Also they all seem to have the outside horns on the stern roller, before the taller[.....]

Post Class Patrol Boats

Once again our Federal Government is selling off what I think are irreplaceable assets at a bargain price. Five of the 65′ x 17′ Post Class Patrol boats were built by Philbrook’s Boatyard in the early 1970’s. The next few days will see what I believe is the last one still in government service, the[.....]

BC Handliner, Luoma Loon

Luoma Loon, BC Handliner built by the Luoma Brothers at Shack Island probably in the 1930’s. She’s 13′2″ x 4′ to the outside of her 1/2″ planking. 12 strakes of red cedar, six per side, on 1/2″ x 1″ bent frames spaced 6″. The Luomas built dozens of these between the 1920’s and 1940’s. At one[.....]

Gillnetters at Cassiar Cannery

Gillnetters at Cassiar cannery waiting for the season to start. All painted up, some of these are new boats, one or two built at the cannery and others built by Wahl’s in Prince Rupert. No chimneys so these boats had no heat. This was post Easthope, boats were running Chrysler Crown’s or Ace’s. The[.....]

The Troller Georgina

Her name is Georgina, a very old picture of a troller, perhaps before gurdies, for sure no davits. No exhaust stack so probably Easthope power. It’s mesmerizing how these old boats would slip along at 5 knots with no wake at all. Photo courtesy Don Macmillian, from his mother’s collection. Likely taken on the North[.....]

Fraser, A Gillnetter

I believe the Fraser was originally the Fraser Belle, built in 1959 by Masao Kamachi at Kamachi Boat Works at Queensborough. Masao owned the boat until 1961 so may have fished her those first few years. Her Official Number is 311271, registered at New Westminster. Gross tons 12.0, dimensions – 32’ x[.....]

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