August 15th, 1981 — Jay Jay Rogers with a pal cruising Coal Harbour in her restored 1924 era wood boat “Kay Dee”. A google check described this boat as a one time “rum-runner” but I don’t remember it being that fast; more like a “rum-stroller”.
Ships and boats
December 9th, 2000 — A forty foot half size replica of the Viking ship Gokstad being built as part of the millennium celebrations by a group of volunteers from the Scandinavian Community Centre in Burnaby. Holding an oar made for the boat is Ciaran Adams. The completed boat can be seen next to Vancouver’s maritime museum ferry dock.
Banging in nails and riveting above are Lars Eriksson, Chris Jorgensen, Glen Johnson.
Above is head shipright Chris Frostad.
October 18th, 2017 — Foot passengers waiting and then walking onto the 5pm ferry to Crofton from Vesuvius Bay.
Circa 1900 — Above is the SS Amelia nearing the wharf at Vesuvius Bay, Salt Spring Island taken by an unknown photographer about 1900. Below, the Howe Sound Queen approaches the Vesuvius terminal a few weeks ago. Quite a difference. The reference number for the SS Amelia picture is C-07008 and is available from the BC Archives.
October 5th, 1974 — Boat being paddled into its dock at Lynwood Marina in North Vancouver.
July 23rd, 1976 — Jack Bexall worked 43 years at Centennial Pier as a longshoreman and probably made enough money to buy a house in east Vancouver or Burnaby and retired on July 23rd, 1976 with a pension. The good old days.
August 16th, 2017 — Tugboat towing a small barge loaded with a large truck probably from Gambier Island to Gibsons. This is how you move things to and from the islands not served by BC Ferries.
August 2nd, 1980 — Ocean Bounty, an offshore oil drilling platform being towed to Nanoose Bay on Vancouver Island where where it was left anchored while undergoing an overhaul.
January 8th, 1975 — In the 1970’s new cars and trucks imported from Japan arrived in the hold of freighters and were lifted onto the dock one at a time using a crane. Today they arrive in specially build ships owned by the car companies and are driven off much like they would from a BC ferry. These pictures of Datsun pickup trucks being unloaded from the freighter Corina were taken at CPR’s Pier B in Vancouver, since replaced by the Canada Place cruise ship terminal.
July 31st, 2017 — An out of order elevator on the new BC Ferry, Salish Eagle. I kind of assumed this was just one of those typical glitches that new ships have when first put into service. There is now a reliable report, however, from a one time main stream journalist that on August 1st this ship hadn’t one single functioning elevator and that seniors with week knees were unable to climb the steep stairs to the lounge and had to stay on the car deck. Another ferry fiasco on the horizon?