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Recent Featured Articles:The Windward Mark
07/12/2018 Windward MARK was a successful project undertaken at the Cowichan Bay Shipyard by Grant Blundell and Les Blundell.
The Perfect Christmas Gift!
23/11/2018 Rick James has just released his long–waited major work on the real story of rum running in British Columbia. He has done a great job of creating a story that is very difficult to put down – it was so riveting that I wanted to read it all in one go! You’ll enjoy it too – or perhaps its the perfect gift for a Dad, granddad, brother – or any person who loves real history or the sea.
The Halibut Schooner Harriet E.
02/12/2018 Contributor Ken Gibson shares images and the story of the halibut schooner Harriet E. which was built in Seattle but was moved into the Canadian Register.
Melodie and Grant Blundell – and their Cowichan Bay Shipyard
30/11/2018 For many years the Cowichan Bay Shipyard Ltd. was operated by the partnership of Melodie and Grant Blundell. Together they ran a busy shipyard that served the fishing and yachting community with other customers in the tugboat and workboat fleet. The yard property has passed into other hands now but they still maintain their motor sailer ketch Margaretta on the slipway annually.
What Happened to the Milbanke Sound?
01/12/2018 So often these days the stories of grand old vessels end up sadly as derelicts or at the breakers yard. The story of the Milbanke Sound is different and a new life for an old vessel has been found in Mexico.
Tony Grove – The Silva Bay Shipyard Boat Building School
24/11/2018 You may know of Tony Grove in his capacity as a shipwright, but he is equally well–known as an artist, performer, teacher and writer. His interests are wide and continue to expand. He was instrumental in the brief success enjoyed by the wooden boat building school at Silva Bay. He is still enjoying success from his base on Gabriola Island.
Caretaker of Twin Islands Lodge – A Retreat for Celebrities in Georgia Strait
01/01/2018 Contributor George Duddy shares his article Caretaker of Twin Islands Lodge – A Retreat for Royalty and Celebrities in the Strait of Georgia Shirley Whitehouse spent six years, from 1958–1964, on Twin Islands at the northern end of Georgia Strait where she and her then-husband George Lott were caretakers and hosts of a magnificent log lodge – Twin Islands Lodge – frequented by well–known royal and celebrity guests.
The Bill Garden–Designed Motor Sailer Seascape
02/11/2018 Nautical historian Barry Rolston shares an interesting Bill Garden designed vessel that was built by his Dad when Barry was in his youth. Although the vessel is no longer in his family possession he has kept track of it and shares images and background on it.
A Cowichan Lake–Style Boat
23/10/2018 Contributor Santino Marazzo shares images of his project to restore a 1947 Cowichan Lake–style wooden home–built runabout boat. Another freshwater nautical heritage story.
An Incident With the A.L. Bryant
20/09/2018 Contributor William Phillips shares two startling photographs of a stranding by the forestry vessel A.L. Bryant taken by his father many years ago.
The Disappearance of the M427 RCAF B.C. Star
15/09/2018 Contributor Dirk Septer shares research into the mysterious sinking of a Royal Canadian Air Force vessel during the Second World War.
12/09/2018 Contributor Dirk Septer shares his research into the Rolano, an example of a German Second World War Kriegsfishkutter (War Fish Cutter) vessel. The vessel had a long and colourful career in Europe before being brought to the Pacific coast.
The Demise and Cleanup of the Fisheries Patrol Vessel Pursepa
05/07/2018 Dirk Septer has documented the unhappy end of the fisheries patrol vessel Pursepa at Campbell River. He documented her last hours and shares the images and background story in this article.
Messages in Bottles Reveal Fate of the SS Pelican (a former Seater, White and Co. Steamer)
01/07/2018 Contributor George Duddy shares research he has undertaken on a vessel with links to his family. The The SS Pelican’s employment and history is of special significant to me as she was originally built for the Leith pioneering steamship firm of Seater, White and Co, founded by my great grandfather George Smith Seater in Scotland about 1870. Her story is told from my personal family prospective. She sank – and definite news about her fate was discovered. Amazingly, a note was found in a bottle on a beach on the Aleutian Peninsula near Kodiak Alaska signed by her chief officer indicating the vessel was sinking and the crew was taking to lifeboats.
The Early Power Cruiser Songhee
26/03/2018 Contributor Garry Holland shares images of an early power cruiser (the Songhee) that was commissioned by his grandfather and built in Vancouver BC. His images are unusual because they capture the Chinese shipwrights who actually performed the yard work in her construction.
Featured Reference Tables:
The Nominal List of Members of the Royal Naval Canadian Volunteer Reserve (RNCVR)The Nominal List of Members of the Royal Naval Canadian Volunteer Reserve (RNCVR)
Did your grandfather serve in the Canadian Navy during the First World War? To participate in the First World War naval effort Canada formed the Royal Naval Canadian Volunteer Reserve (RNCVR) which filled out the forces needed to make the navy operational. This is a nominal list of 7,500 of the more than 8,000 who served as members of this organization. There is no publicly available list of members and this represents the result of more than 25 years of research through publicly available sources to produce this one. Each entry is linked to the biography database so interested viewers can see what we have for each name.
Canada’s Naval AviatorsCanada’s Naval Aviators
Few Canadians know about the Royal Canadian Navy’s contribution to Naval Aviation. More than 2,000 Canadians and some other naval aviators who served in Canada comprised this group. Originally published in print by John MacFarlane and Robbie Hughes, more than 25 years ago, this list is now revised and available to visitors to The Nauticapedia.
The Royal Canadian Naval Reserve University Naval Training Division (UNTD)
- UNTD –Nominal List (Interactive Currently Updated)
- UNTD –VIP List (Alphabetical) Updated 01/08/2015
- UNTD –VIP List (Titles) Updated 01/08/2015
- UNTD –Deceased (Alphabetical List) Updated 09/12/2017
- UNTD –Deceased (Chronological List) Updated 09/12/2017
The definitive Nominal List for the University Naval Training Division (UNTD) of the Royal Canadian Naval Reserve contains the names of almost 7,000 former members and details of their service. Other lists detail the former members known to be deceased and a list of former members who achieved positions of note in their civilian or military careers.
Canada’s Admirals & CommodoresCanada’s Admirals & Commodores
Canada has a rich naval heritage which tends to have a low public profile. To the detriment of the Navy and our awareness of our national culture and history, Canada’s naval contribution in two World Wars, the Korean conflict and the many United Nations and NATO operations is hidden from public view. The great contribution of the navy is both interesting and important – but it is difficult for history lovers to access the information.
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