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Some Useful Nautical and Ship Research Links for the British Columbia Coast Vessels
The oldest Maritime Museum in British Columbia this institution has a significant collection of artifacts, a very large reference library, an extensive archive of documents, images, ship plans and other records.
As well as the RCMP Schooner St. Roch, a well organized library and image collection is an attraction for researchers. Extensive exhibitions are also a good source of information.
For researchers looking for naval connections, history and sources of data this is an important location. The museum's goal is to collect, preserve, interpret and display the history and heritage of the naval presence on Canada’s West Coast and of the military on Southern Vancouver Island.
A very comprehensive list of the vessels built by shipyards in Canada and elsewhere. Additionally there are notes about the disposition of the vessel and related information. The notes on some individual vessels may be incomplete but the lists represent the results of an amazing effort by Tim Colton to mine the shipping registries, company records and other sources. A useful source of information for ship researchers.
At this official government site you can search for a ship by it's official number or by it's name, or use the advanced search page which permits searching on a wider variety of attributes.
With 66,000 members (at last count) this site can be a real boon to anyone research ships or anything connected to them. They have a blog which is exteremely active and friendly. There are many other resources too. Highly recommended for researchers or ship buffs. It has a worldwide scope.
Anyone with an interest in local maritime history is welcome to join the Vancouver Branch, but must first become a member of the International Society, based in the U.K.
This company built ships and engines, and were important contributors to Canadian Marine Indistry. A number of those ships and engines made it to British Columbia waters.
They have an excellent chronological overview of the development of their port.
The City Archives contains a treasure of photographs and information on canneries and marine industry, particularly British Columbia Packers. The company had plants, vessels, and other operations in a complex industrial operation that drove the local and provincial economy. The maps and photographs document the company’s operations over time, through periods of economic expansion and decline, and intense technological change.The images also record the lives of those people whose livelihood depended upon the industry.
Founded in 1889 and operated passenger and cargo services between Vancouver, British Columbia ports and Alaska. In 1939 the company took over the Frank Waterhouse Company fleet. Services continued until 1959 when the company ceased trading and sold their remaining fleet to the Northland Navigation Co.They have over 3,500 totally free access web-pages with new databases added regularly.
The UASBC assists archaeologists by undertaking worthwhile projects not currently addressed by professionals. Inventories of shipwrecks and other submerged cultural sites are an especially important contribution. Information about the location, history, and status of these resources is vital to their conservation and management. The British Columbia Archaeology Branch, in particular, needs such data in order to establish site management policy before a user conflict or preservation crisis arises.
Some Useful Canadian Navy Research Links
For researchers looking for naval connections, history and sources of data this is an important location. The museum’s goal is to collect, preserve, interpret and display the history and heritage of the naval presence on Canada’s West Coast and of the military on Southern Vancouver Island.
This is the story of the navy in Winnipeg. Winnipeg has had a Naval Division for the last 75 years, and has had a naval presence for even much longer. It is filled with stories, personalities, news clippings and photos. It is set up as a chronological history, so you can start at the first page and surf all the way to the end.
The Military History Research Centre (MHRC) houses the George Metcalf Archival Collection and the Hartland Molson Library. These extensive national collections of primary and secondary research material document Canada’s military history from the pre-contact period to the present. The Archival Collection contains unique documents including original letters, diaries, scrapbooks, maps, blueprints, sound recordings, oral history tapes and 65,000 photographic materials in a variety of formats. The Library Collection includes regimental histories, personal memoirs, wartime pamphlets, and military and technical field manuals.
She is the last remaining example of the 27 Tribal Class destroyers built for the Royal Canadian Navy, the Royal Navy and the Royal Australian Navy between 1937 and 1945.
The ships, aircraft, and systems of Canada's navy, from 1910 until present day.
Discover the victories, tragedies, and sacrifices of the Canadian Forces. Experience life at the helm in a Second World War wheelhouse, walk through a First World War trench and witness a bomber squadron's mission over enemy territory. The Military Museums is dedicated to representing Canada's navy, army, and air force and educating the public, particularly youth, about Canada's military.
Other Useful Canadian Maritime Heritage Research Links
The CNRS encourages an awareness of Canadian and world maritime heritage by promoting nautical research and presenting the results of such research by conferences, presentations and publications.
Research links provided by this website complements information on eastern Canadian vessels that cannot be found on Nauticapedia.
MARHST-L is an international electronic discussion group sponsored and administered by the Marine Museum of the Great Lakes at Kingston with the assistance of Queen's University at Kingston. The purpose is to promote communication among persons with a serious interest in maritime history and maritime museums. This list has, since 1994, provided a forum for ideas and a place where subscribers may ask for information, post notices of meetings, programs for conferences, announcements of new scholarly projects, and queries about particular problems.
The Marine Museum is dedicated to the preservation of nautical history by restoring ships from the colorful past of Manitoba waterways. A storehouse of artifacts and records from Lake Winnipeg cruisers is housed aboard Manitoba's historic vessels.
Useful USA Maritime Heritage Research Links
A society formed in 2009 for the purpose of collecting, preserving, celebrating, and sharing the maritime history of the San Juan Islands and northern Puget Sound area. Check this log for tales from out-of-print publications as well as from members and friends. There are over sixty often long entries on a broad range of maritime topics so there are some search aids at the bottom for your convenience.
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