Miscellaneous Photographs

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Ships and boats

Ship collision

September 25th, 1973 — People on Prospect Point watch the freighter Erawan being towed into Vancouver harbour after it was rammed by the freighter Sun Diamond on a clear night off Spanish Banks at three in the morning. The heavy oil that leaked from the ship’s ruptured fuel tank covered the West Vancouver shoreline from Ambleside Beach to Point Atkinson.

Washing a Freighter

Circa 1980 — This simple picture of seamen washing the hull of a freighter tied up at a Vancouver dock would be very hard to take now as the docks have been behind barbed wire and armed guards since 9/11. Before that it was easy for a photographer to drive onto the docks and look for pictures. I even remember wandering about the deck of a ship just because the gangplank was down and the crew was friendly.

Pilot House

December 1978 — The original pilot-house on Pilot House Road in Caulfeild, West Vancouver. The pilot-house furnished pilots for all the deep-sea ships entering and leaving the port of Vancouver from 1898 until about 1920. They were rowed out to the ships by Thomas Grafton who lived in the cottage. The pilot-house was also a post office and a store and then a private residence until shortly after this picture was taken when it was demolished and replaced with a large home. More about the history of Caulfeild can be found in the West Vancouver Archives HERE

Gillnetter abandoned

gillnetter-fraser-river April 13th, 1973 — A Gillnetter sits abandoned in the North arm of the Fraser River just west of Deering Island. Before drydocks were common fishermen often ran their boats onto the sand and mud banks at the mouth of the Fraser River so they could caulk and paint the bottoms when the tide went out. Every year there were a few discovered not to be worth the paint so were stripped of anything valuable and left to rot, the bits and pieces washed out to sea in the spring when the river was high.

Lions Gate Bridge Signal Station

Lions Gate Bridge Signal Station 1 July 10th, 1973 — It’s hard to believe but back in 1973 there were still a lot of boats entering Vancouver Harbour that didn’t have radar and many that didn’t have ship to ship radio. There was a signal station in the center of the Lions Gate Bridge spanning the road and a person there directed traffic through the narrows. If the boat didn’t have a radio and was in a position it shouldn’t have been there was a loud speaker to direct them. This I know from personal experience. Binoculars were used to read the name of ships and some times a spyglass for smaller boats. I’m not sure why these pictures were taken but it might have been because the signal station was closing down. If anyone knows the name of the person in the pictures send me an email.

Lions Gate Bridge Signal Station 3

Lions Gate Bridge Signal Station 2

Sailboat aground

Sailboat aground at Vesuvius Beach July 25th, 2014 — A sailboat sits aground at Vesuvius Beach on Salt Spring Island after its mooring lines were cut and set adrift because it was tied to a buoy registered to another boat. The sailboat was re-floated at high tide without damage and anchored elsewhere in the bay. The condition of the bottom had some thinking at first it was a derelict.

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