JOIN US FOR AN OPENING RECEPTION FOR REBUILDING AN EMPRESS: RESTORATION OF A PIECE OF HISTORY ON APRIL 11 FROM 6PM - 9PM.

Empress of France is a 1:48 scale builder's model of the ship bearing the same name. As a result of over 100 years of neglect, the model had been badly damaged. In 2010, Ship Model Engineer, Lucian Ploias was commissioned to restore the Empress of France model to her former glory. Over a period of four years and more than 3,500 hours of intense labour, Lucian painstakingly restored the model to its original state.

Time was spent taking apart every component, stripping down the old paint, repairing any damage through various wood conservation treatments then finished with new paint or varnish. For areas with missing or damaged parts, new pieces had to be fabricated and all of the 20,000 parts had to be reassembled. In the end, something that was created from one person’s passion, was, in turn, restored by another’s.

Follow the journey from derelict to beauty as each photograph details the intricate steps in rebuilding an Empress.

Date: Friday, April 11th

Time: 6pm - 9pm 

Location: Vancouver Maritime Museum

Pre-registration is required! Please RSVP here.