April 13th, 1973 -- Men painting and caulking gillnetters in Celtic Shipyards at the foot of Blenheim Street in Vancouver on the north arm of the Fraser River.
Ships and boats
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.
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.
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.
Circa 1975 -- If you've ever built a sailboat you know that it's most important to find a dry and warm place to do it. The builder of this boat found an unconventional location, the upstairs loft in a commercial building on South West Marine Drive near Granville Street. It was an event when the boat was finished and removed with the help of a crane. It would have been more of an event if it hadn't fit through the doors.