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Category Archives: BC Maritime History

Double-Deck Seiners

The double-decker Chelsea Lake, built as the Great Northern 3 by A.C. Benson Shipyard Ltd. in 1947. Design is probably by Robert Allan of Vancouver. For a few short years big double-decked seiners were the ultimate West Coast fishing boats. Starting in the 1930’s and ending less than 30 years later in the late[.....]

Boats designed around Old Engines

The 1889 built tug Valerie K in the Johnston Straits. The story of two engines and five boats. My friend Bill Page has a couple of old marine engines that should be busy pushing boats around. But which boats? The first engine is a Hundested type B/L, 39 HP single cylinder hot-bulb diesel[.....]

Kedging, Another Lost Art.

Summer has flashed by once again with one quarter of the anticipated projects actually completed. We did have a fair amount of painting weather this year and I got almost the entire outside of the boat painted. A slow leak gradually worsened causing great worry until I bit the bullet and we kedged across the[.....]

Norgale, a Troller design by William Reid

The Norgale is a William Reid design built in the Williams Boat Works shop in Sointula and launched in 1964. Actually this is the second Norgale built by the Williams family, the first one (41′ troller built by Albert W. Williams in 1949) became the Evelyn Gale. This Norgale is a big boat,[.....]

Falcon Rock, Fisheries Patrol Vessel

The Falcon Rock was built for the Minister of Fisheries in 1960 at the McKay-Cormack Ltd yard in Victoria. She served the Department for 37 years, much or all of it out of Prince Rupert. I believe she had 2 or 3 sisters, all built in BC yards around the same time. [.....]

George Bruigom, Boatbuilder

George Bruigom built boats in Comox from about 1970 to 1985. Senang Hati, the 45 footer above, is rumored to have been his last boat. I didn’t know George but I did stop by his shed a few times. George was a busy guy, I remember at least once going by and[.....]

Westcoast Troller hull form

Above is the troller Anna B, built in 1968 at Maderia Park by Fred Crosby. Apparently Fred built 5 or 6 boats in the late 60’s, but that’s about all I know of him. The Anna B is the only one I can find in the Ship’s Registry. Other boats built by Fred[.....]

The Le Clere’s and Pacific Yew

Sometimes it’s hard to believe the riches we in BC are blessed with. I’m thinking about boatbuilding materials today. Many countries or parts of the world have one or no indigenous high quality boatbuilding woods. New Zealand has Kauri, the Philippines have their Mahogany, Africa has Iroko, and Burma Teak. But[.....]

Double-Ended Trollers

Here are some pictures of the little double-ended troller Full Moon. She was built in 1959 by the Wahl Boatyard Ltd at Dodge Cove in Prince Rupert. Gross tonnage is 10.12, she is 33′ long, 10′8″ wide, and 5′1″ deep. I believe the boat is currently based in Nanaimo. It’s somewhat surprising to[.....]

Moonraker Cruising BC

Above: Moonraker with the stove going, anchored next to Tzu Hang at Musgrave Landing, BC, in the winter of 1953-54. In August of 1953 Moonraker of Fowey sailed quietly into Victoria and tied at Fisherman’s wharf. Moonraker was small, 29′ overall with a beam of 9′8″ and draft of 6′. She was built[.....]

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