Celebrating Wooden Boats!

This weekend is the Vancouver Wooden Boat festival, so we decided to showcase three of the wooden boats that we have in our collection! We're at Granville Island throughout the festival with fun family activities so make sure you come and say hello.

1. Rum runner

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Our first boat is a rum runner from the 1920s. This boat would have been used to transport rum from Vancouver and the Gulf Islands during the age of prohibition. The design would have helped the boat move very fast, and it has been built with red cedar planking and a combination of sawn and bent frames. The boat was heavily modified in the 1950s and 60s as evidenced with the new naugahyde (artificial leather) and chrome stripping. This item was transfered to our collection from the Royal British Collumbia Museum.

2. Empress of Japan life boat

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The second wooden boat we're showcasing from our collection is a life boat from the prestigious and grand Empress of Japan (I), 1891 - 1926. We are lucky to have a large number of items in our collection from this "White Empress" which you can read about here. 

3. The victorian

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The third and final wooden boat is the The Victorian; an Edwardian steam launcher with a tendancy of 'tipping easily'. This “launch” type motorboat has a vertical, single cylinder (1-1½” stroke), coal-fired steam engine. Both the hull and engine were designed and built by Harry Cook in 1970/1 for operations on Alouette Lake. There is room for two people in the boat: one sitting in the front and one in the rear feeding lumps of coal into the boiler. The boat was designed to have a red and white canopy over the seats but this was never completed.

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