Ernie McLeod: A Life from the Collection

August 17, 2018

Ernie McLeod: A Life from the Collection

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The North Vancouver Ferries

August 10, 2018

The North Vancouver Ferries: Their Lives and Retirement

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History of the Greenpeace Button: Material Objects as Vehicles of Advocacy

August 3, 2018

History of Greenpeace Buttons: Material Objects as Vehicles of Advocacy

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Lid Pop

July 27, 2018

Under Pressure: From Pressurized Hulls to Pickles

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Jim McAskill: A Life from the Collection

July 23, 2018

Jim McAskill: A Life from the Collection

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A Hawai’ian Holiday in 1937

June 22, 2018

A Hawai’ian Holiday in 1937 – By Madeleine Seed

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Joe Panipakuttuk & The St. Roch

June 21, 2018

In recognition of National Indigenous Peoples’ Day, the Vancouver Maritime Museum would like to h

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An Arctic Perspective by Duncan MacLeod

September 13, 2016

Day 13: Losing and gaining perspective in the Arctic – Iqaluit (Sept 09)

Today we flew fr

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Monumental Island by Duncan MacLeod

September 12, 2016

Day 12: The last expedition – Monumental Island (Sept 08)

Today is our final full day abo

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Pangnirtung, Baffin Island by Duncan MacLeod

September 8, 2016

Day 11: Bannock, BBQs and Borealis – Pangnirtung, Baffin Island (Sept

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Sunshine Fjord, Baffin Island by Duncan MacLeod

September 8, 2016

Day 10: Sunshine, Moonshine, and Aurora – Sunshine Fjord, Baffin Isla

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Gibbs Fjord, Baffin Island by Duncan MacLeod

September 8, 2016

Day 8: Visiting Canada’s Geological Past – Gibbs Fjord, Baffin Island

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Isabella Bay, Baffin Island by Duncan MacLeod

September 7, 2016

Day 9: Thar she blows!

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Inuit Culture at Pond Inlet by Duncan MacLeod

September 7, 2016

Day 7: Inuit Culture at Pond Inlet, Baffin Island – (Sept 03)

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Navy Board Inlet & Low Point by Duncan MacLeod

September 6, 2016

Day 6: “If you go back the way you came, you won’t see anything new”

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Croker Bay by Hector Williams

September 2, 2016

Internet connections have often been intermittent but we have a good

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Croker Bay, Devon Island by Duncan MacLeod

September 2, 2016

September 1st

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Beechey Island - by Duncan MacLeod

September 1, 2016

August 31st

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Cambridge Bay - by Hector Williams

August 31, 2016

August 30th

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Victory Point, King William Island - Aug 29th

August 30, 2016

By Duncan MacLeod

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Ulukhaktok Part 2 by Hector Williams

August 30, 2016

Ulukhaktok, a village of 460 on the western coast of vast Victoria island, has probably the wid

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Cambridge Bay - Aug 28th by Duncan MacLeod

August 30, 2016

Day 1: Heading North – Cambridge Bay (Aug 28)

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Ulukhaktok Part 1 by Ken Burton

August 29, 2016

Spent the majority of the day in Ulukhaktok (Holman).

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OneOcean w/ Daphne Bramham

August 24, 2016

Vancouver Sun's Daphne Bramham and a team from Vancouver Aquarium explore the Northwest Passage o

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Day 5 - Nome

August 22, 2016

Coordinates 64° 30’14” N 165° 23’ 58” W

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Day 4 - Dutch Harbour

August 22, 2016

Dutch Harbor & Unalaska
Coordinates 53° 53’20”

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Day 3 - Northwest Passage

August 19, 2016

Sea day today cruising towards Dutch Harbor and Unalaska.

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Day 2 - Northwest Passage

August 18, 2016


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VMM Tours The Northwest Passage

August 17, 2016

Our executive director, Ken Burton, has embarked on an amazing...........once-in-a-lifetime journ

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National Volunteer Week 2016

April 15, 2016

Our Programs Supervisor & Volunteer Coordinator, Andrew Hildred, reflects on the amazing and inspirational group of Volunteers we are lucky to have here at the Museum.

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Intrepid Muskox to visit VMM

April 1, 2016

The muskox astonished conservationists and researchers when he was spotted, stranded on a section of ice floe off the coast...

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A Brief History of Women in Marine Industries

March 8, 2016

It is assumed by many that women haven’t worked in the marine industries until very recently...But history shows you just can’t keep women away from the sea.

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5 VMM highlights from 2015!

December 1, 2015

Read some of our wonderful staff's highlights from the past year at Vancouver Maritime Museum!

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Shadow on the Ice: The Ghost Ship Baychimo

October 30, 2015

The Arctic's most notorious ghost ship, the Baychimo's restless wanderings remain a mystery.

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Remembering the Princess Sophia

October 25, 2015

97 years ago on October 25, 1918, the Princess Sophia sank in what remains the worst maritime disaster on the Pacific coast.

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Day out onboard HMCS Oriole

September 29, 2015

Our volunteers were treated to a day out on HMCS Oriole, read about their experience!

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World Maritime Day 2015

September 24, 2015

This year's theme is Maritime Education, so we got our Education Coordinator to write a post about our Education Programs here at the Vancouver Maritime Museum.

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Ask A Curator 2015

September 15, 2015

Our Curator, Duncan MacLeod, answers questions for this year's #AskACurator!

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VMM Youth Team

September 4, 2015

Starting in December 2014, a group of 9 high school students from across Vancouver began meeting once a month at the museum. The idea was to create a project that would allow the students to go behind the scenes and gain insight into museums and maritime history.

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Showcasing the SS Master

August 29, 2015

One of the vessels participating in the Vancouver Wooden Boat Festival is the SS Master. Built in British Columbia in 1922, it is one of the last surviving steam powered tugboats.

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Celebrating Wooden Boats

August 28, 2015

This weekend is the Vancouver Wooden Boat festival, so we decided to showcase some of the wooden boats that we have in our collection!

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Visual Diary of our Arctic Adventures

August 11, 2015

Follow our journey through the Arctic on our photo blog!

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The Story of an Empress

July 20, 2015

This Marine Day (海の日), a national holiday in Japan to celebrate the importance of the Ocean, we have prepared a special blog post about the Empress of Japan!

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St. Roch depicted on new Polar Medal

July 3, 2015

The St. Roch is to be depicted on a new Polar Medal which will start to be issued later this year to celebrate people who provide extraordinary services in the polar regions and Canada's North.

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A gift to the Queen, and one in return.

May 18, 2015

Captain Edward Belcher led the last of the Admiralty's searches for the Franklin expedition in 1852. Five ships and 222 men were sent to the Arctic to search for Franklin.

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The Beaver | Launched 180 years ago

May 2, 2015

180 years ago today, the Beaver was launched into the Thames in London and then set off on a seven-month journey via Cape Horn to arrive at Fort Vancouver, on the Columbia River.

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St. Roch Arctic Circle Evidence

April 1, 2015

Recent discovery in our St. Roch archives shows exciting new Arctic Circle evidence. April 1, 2015

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Celebrating our Volunteers!

March 31, 2015

April 12-18 is National Volunteer Week in Canada and we here at the Vancouver Maritime Mu

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Remembering Chartrand

March 2, 2015

Last month we remembered Constable Albert Chartrand, crew member on board the St. Roch from 1938 - 1942.

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Sailors' Valentines

February 14, 2015

Forget Me Not, from the 1880s

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Adventures of a Stone Column

February 13, 2015

Today is the 143rd Anniversary of the Zephyr Wreck

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Fishing Under the Ice | 12 Days of Winter

December 31, 2014

This is the last item from our collection for our 12 Days of Winter Showcase, and it is a lovely one to end with.

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Eat, Drink & be Merry | 12 Days of Winter

December 30, 2014

Tis the season to eat, drink and be merry. For this reason we sought out a couple of items from our collection which helped sailors do the same.

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Keeping Warm #2 | 12 Days of Winter

December 29, 2014

Keeping warm was incredibly important for the crew of the St. Roch when they were in the Arctic, and so they began to wear traditional Inuit clothing in order to brave the freezing temperatures.

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Keeping in touch | 12 Days of Winter

December 28, 2014

The festive season is a time to get in touch with friends and family who are far away, and technology has evolved to make this possible.

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Festive Cargo | 12 Days of Winter

December 27, 2014

Reindeer on board | Guest showcase from the Canadian Forces Base Esquimalt Naval and Military Museum.

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Building an Igloo | 12 Days of Winter

December 26, 2014

Watch how a traditional Inuit house is built!

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Merry Christmas | 12 Days of Winter

December 25, 2014

"Christmas dinner as best we could do."

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Festive Menus | 12 Days of Winter

December 24, 2014

Passenger Vessle Christmas Menus

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Seaworthy Christmas Trees | 12 Days of Winter

December 23, 2014

Decorating the Britamerican

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Keeping Warm #1 | 12 Days of Winter

December 22, 2014

Mittens from the St. Roch

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Christmas Cards | 12 Days of Winter

December 21, 2014

Christmas Card from Captain Henry Larsen

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Snow and Ice | 12 Days of Winter

December 20, 2014

Extracts from Through the North-West Passage 1940-1942

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Western Waters Opens Nov. 27

November 19, 2014

On display November 27, 2014 – Spring 2015 the Vancouver Maritime Museum invites you to exp

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VMM is Thrilled to Receive Franklin Library Donation

October 20, 2014

The Vancouver Maritime Museum Board of Trustees is pleased to announce the donation of a significant library of Sir John Franklin material to the Vancouver Maritime Museum.

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This Model Ship is Made of Real Bones!

September 3, 2014

Model making is difficult at the best of times.

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The Story of Our Yellow Submarine

August 21, 2014

While we'd love to say the Ben Franklin is only here for the Beatles reference, there is actually a much more interesting story behind it!

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Tales from the Collection: The PAMIR Key

July 23, 2014

Not all objects found in a museum are used for the same purpose throughout their lifetime.

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A Local Hero: Vancouver's First Lifeguard

July 21, 2014

Joe Fortes was a local celebrity and Vancouver's first official lifeguard. Numerous monuments and local businesses continue to carry his name today.

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Launching a Canadian Icon

June 18, 2014

On June 19, 1928, St. Roch was officially accepted into the RCMP service. In the Vancouver Daily Province, St. Roch was reported as "fully equipped and modern in every respect."

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Thanks to the RBC Foundation!

June 13, 2014

This year, the RBC Foundation generously renewed its commitment to the museum and its programs by donating $20,000 over two years to our school programs.

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How Vancouver Created the Modern Swimsuit

June 11, 2014

Most of us don't know that people from Vancouver made huge contributions to the development of swimsuits in the 20th Century.

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Ken Burton receives Order of Merit of the Police Forces

May 8, 2014

Our current ED has been appointed a Member of the Order of Merit!

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Top 4 Reasons to Come to Raise the Sails & Ring the Bell

May 2, 2014

Why should you come celebrate the re-opening of the St. Roch with us?

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Canada Day 2013

June 20, 2013

Celebrate Canada Day with the Vancouver Maritime Museum!

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Arctic Joule arrives in the Heritage Harbour

May 24, 2013

On July 1st, 2013 four modern-day explorers hope to become the first people to traverse the Northwest Passage solely under human power in a single season – one of the Earth’s last great firsts.

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Aboard a Container Ship

March 12, 2013

Vancouver Maritime Museum staff were invited aboard the 336 metre long container ship KLE, for a rare opportunity to see one of these seafaring giants up close.

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