Miscellaneous Photographs

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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.

Bridge repairs

August 2nd, 1973 — Another picture that shows just how much things have changed since I first started photographing for newspapers. Not only was I allowed to walk out into the center lane of Lions Gate Bridge to take the picture but the workers were out on the road chipping away at the old concrete just inches away from passing trucks, buses, and cars with no barricades to protect them.

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


1966 — A few miles to the east of Revelstoke, at the head of the Upper Arrow Lake, there was a small town called, obviously, Arrowhead. When the Keenlyside Dam was finished in 1968 the level of the lake was raised and the town was flooded. There are no buildings left from where in the early part of the century paddlewheelers arrived south east BC and connected with the Canadian Pacific Railway.

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