The Akrigg Collection consists of records related to the research completed by Helen and George Akrigg for their publication British Columbia Place Names.
The Alexander Spanos Collection includes personal papers, correspondence, photographs and maritime service records of Alexander Spanos who served on a number of vessels that plied British Columbia’s coastal waters and those in Southeastern Alaska between 1951-1978.
The Ben Franklin/PX-15 Collection includes records, technical reports, correspondence, photographs and promotional materials related to the construction and operation of the Ben Franklin/PX-15 submersible and its crew during the Gulf Stream Mission in 1969.
The British Columbia Whaling Collection consists of records relating to the daily operational activities of the Victoria Whaling Company and its successor, Consolidated Whaling Corporation Ltd.
The Charles M. Defieux Collection consists of research notes, correspondence, and working papers related to the maritime research undertaken by Charles M. Defieux who was a freelance journalist, lecturer in marine affairs, and who wrote the regular column on shipping news and British Columbia marine history called “Of Ships and Men” in The Vancouver Sun newspaper.
The Collins Family Fonds consists of records related to the British Columbian and international maritime careers of John Campbell Stewart, Eustace Frederick Collins, and Frederick Stewart Collins between 1875-1969.
The David I. Moore Fonds consists of records related to his career and interests as a naval architect. Moore designed aluminum seiners for BC Packers, ferries for Expo’86, Westminster pilot boats, BC Ferries passenger ferries, and a school water taxi for the Southern Gulf Islands. Moore was the resident Naval Architect and Shipyard Construction Overseer at Shore Boats in Richmond, B.C.
The Donald Graham Fonds consists of research files and photographs compiled for Graham’s publications on B.C. lighthouses. Graham worked at BC lighthouses for twenty years, most at the Point Atkinson lighthouse in West Vancouver.
The Edward Crawford Swank Fonds consists of textual and graphic records created and received by Edward Swank during his private life and as a prominent member of British Columbia’s maritime community. Swank worked on vessels for the Union Steamships Company, Canadian National Steamships and B.C. Steamship Line.
The Dr. E.W. Connolly Collection consists of records related to Dr. Connolly’s medical career and his practice throughout British Columbia.
The Elek Imredy Collection consists of correspondence, newspaper clippings, photographs, sketches, working papers, publicity materials, and promotional materials related to Imredy’s creation of the “Girl in Wetsuit” sculpture located in Vancouver Harbour at Stanley Park.
The Ex-Forestry Service Squadron Collection consists of records, photographs, personnel and vessel lists, reports, logbooks and newsletters of Ex-Forestry Service vessels that were once used by the B. C. Forestry Service. Collection also includes manuscripts, proofs and galleys, illustrations and photographs used in the book “Forest Ranger, Ahoy!” by Michael Coney.
The Fisherman’s Reserve Collection consists of correspondence, newspaper clippings and photographs about the history of the reserve that served on the BC coast during World War II and the two reunions held in 1975 and 1977.
The Fred Rogers Fonds consists of research materials and photographs accumulated by Rogers for use during dive trips and writing about the history of local shipwrecks. Also included are draft versions of articles written by Rogers for submission to magazines and marine-related news columns. The photographs document various types of vessels (mainly tugboats) under steam and working on the water.
The Hayden Collection is comprised of records relating to the maritime careers of Charles F. Hayden Sr. and Charles F. Hayden Jr. and include maritime service records, correspondence sent and received by Charles Sr. and Jr. with family and friends while at sea, and records related to the Canadian Pacific vessels they served on between 1899-1941.
The Henry Larsen Collection consists of personal papers and correspondence received and sent by Larsen who commanded the St. Roch on her voyages in the arctic during World War II.
The Hugh D. Halkett Fonds consists of records relating to maritime career of Captain Hugh D. Halkett who served with Canadian Pacific, the Canadian Hydrographic Service, the Canadian Coast Guard and B.C. Ferries.
The J.M. MacFarlane Collection consists of envelopes cacheted (stamped or imprinted) with the names and logos of ships in the Canadian, British and American naval and maritime service collected by MacFarlane between 1977 and 1979.
The John Crosse Collection consists of records created by John Crosse, a maritime historian. The records relate to his research and writings of numerous maritime-themed journal and newspaper articles as well as drafts of his self-published manuscripts: “Thermopylae”; “In the Wake of Narvaez”, and “Thomas Manby: Seaman and Lover”.
The Captain John Park Fonds consists of personal papers and correspondence related to Captain Park’s maritime career as a vessel Master and marine Pilot in the B.C. Coast Pilotage Authority.
The June Hickey Collection consists of correspondence and the maritime service records of Patrick Joseph Hickey who served with the Canadian Pacific Navigation Co. (predecessor to the Canadian Pacific Railway Co.) on the BC coastal service route between 1899-1911. It also includes the records of his son, Richard Joseph Hickey, who followed in his father’s steps by undertaking a maritime career and working for the Canadian Pacific Railway Co. on the BC Coast Steamship Service route and later the Ocean Steamship Service (Empress liners) deep-sea routes between 1908-1938.
The Kingsley Navigation Company Collection consists of records and photographs related to the corporate history of the Kingsley Navigation Company and includes minutes and special resolutions from Directors and Shareholders meetings; lists of shareholders and directors; contracts and stock certificates; correspondence by Frank McNicholl about the sale of the company; newspaper clippings and journal articles about the history of the company; and a logbook containing notices and instructions to the company’s Masters about the operation of vessels and the transportation of cargo.
The Norman Hacking Fonds consist of textual and photographic records related to Hacking’s personal life and as a well-known maritime historian, journalist and author. Included in the fonds are research notebooks and scrapbooks relating to B.C. history and the maritime history of Vancouver, newspaper articles from the Vancouver Daily Province, and unpublished drafts of manuscripts and short stories by Hacking.
The Pat Norris Fonds consists of records related to Pat Wastell Norris’s publication “High Seas, High Risk: The Story of the Sudburys”. Records include correspondence, research notes and chapter drafts, publishing correspondence, newspaper clippings and photographs.
The Register of Seamen Shipped Ledger Collection consists of 47 volumes documenting the seamen who shipped out of the Port of Vancouver. The collection dates from 1898 to 1967 and is a unique record of merchant marine history. These large, hand-written ledgers include the name of the ship, a list of the crew and their position on the ship, wages earned, and a home address. Popular with genealogists, the Register has also been used by Veteran Affairs in allocating merchant marine wartime service pensions.
The Robert G. Halford Fonds consists of records related to Halford’s research for his publication “The Unknown Navy: Canada’s World War Two Merchant Navy”. Records include correspondence and interview excerpts with crew members of merchant marine vessels, magazine articles, newspaper clippings, and research notes.
The VMM Salmon Can Label Collection consists of original salmon can labels printed for packing companies along the west coast of British Columbia and Washington. Some of the labels are from companies located overseas – such as C.E. Morton (New Zealand) Limited and Tokyo Food Products Limited. The collection includes labels in four sizes – rectangular labels measuring 3 ¾ oz, 7 ¾ oz, and 15 ½ oz; and one round label.
The S.S. Master Society Fonds consists of textual records relating to the history, administration and restoration of the S.S. Master. Records include agendas, minutes and annual reports; correspondence; registration and insurance documents; licenses; financial papers and grant proposals; a logbook recording crew hours; publications and media releases; newspaper clippings. The fonds also includes pilot house logbooks from the S.S. Master dating 1940-1959 that chronicle her activities while towing for Marpole Towing Company Limited.
The St. Roch Research Collection consists of historic records created and received by the crew of the St. Roch and other members of the RCMP during the ship’s active existence; Vancouver Maritime Museum and Parks Canada administrative records, research files, and photographs regarding the restoration and ongoing preservation, display, and interpretation of the ship.
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The Thomas F. Bayard Collection consists of records related to the history of and preservation efforts for the schooner Thomas F. Bayard. Also included are records from the Thomas F. Bayard Restoration Society, the Thomas F. Bayard Restoration Committee, and the Vancouver Maritime Museum on their efforts to acquire and restore the vessel.
The Union Steamship Company Collection consists of records and photographs related to the history of the Union Steamship Company that provided cargo and passenger service along the B.C. coast from 1899-1959. This collection also includes records donated by Harold Cecil Biles, former employee; James Richard Southworth, former Marine Constable; and authors Gerald Rushton and Arthur Twigg who wrote numerous histories on the company.
The Vancouver Outboard Motor Club Fonds consists of records related to the Vancouver Outboard Motor Club from 1953-1983 and includes bylaws; newspaper articles; financial reports; membership applications; correspondence; meeting minutes; club rosters; and photographs.
The Vickie Jensen Fonds consists of records related to Jensen’s research for the book “Saltwater Women at Work” that includes interviews with B.C. women who earned their living or working on vessels of all types including deep sea ships and coastal freighters, charter yachts, fish boats, ferries, Coast Guard and DFO vessels, tugboats and water taxis.
The W.E. Darwell Fonds consists of records related to Darwell’s maritime career with the Royal Navy and includes maritime service records; his hand-written logbook while serving on the H.M.S. Ganges in Esquimalt (1859-1861); and newspaper clippings and records related to the collision of the H.M.S. Tyne while under Darwell’s command.
The W.B. & M.H. Chung Maritime History Collection is a comprehensive collection of 19th and early 20th century maritime history as told through archival records, books, photographs, paintings and artifacts on the exploration of the Pacific Northwest, the history of British Columbia, and the Canadian Pacific Railway Company. Collected by Dr. Chung, the collection has been acknowledged by Heritage Canada as a certified Canadian Cultural Property.
The William Kaye Lamb Collection consists of records related to Dr. Lamb’s collection of maritime and shipping research and original manuscripts of ship-related publications. Some personal memoirs are included that reflect his role as a life-long historian and as the National Librarian and Dominion Archivist of Canada from 1948-1969.
The William Carl Tyack Collection consists of records and photographs related to the life and work of Tyack, a member of the RCMP who as a quartermaster, was in charge of purchases for the Arctic. He worked with Henry Larsen to supply the St. Roch while in the Arctic and while transiting the Northwest Passage.