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Union Steamship Company collection

  • Fonds
  • 1898-2003 and [n.d.]

The collection consists of a combination of materials relating to the Union Steamship Company of British Columbia that has been collected over the years by the Vancouver Maritime Museum as well as documents that have been donated to the museum by Gerald Rushton, author of two books on the company titled Whistle Up the Inlet and Echoes of the Whistle; Arthur Twigg, author of the book Union Steamship Remembered; Harold Cecil Biles, former employee; and James Richard Southworth, former Marine Constable. The collection includes financial reports, maps, schedule notes, special operating circulars, company memos, sailing guides, menus, brochures, research notes, correspondence, newspaper clippings, magazine articles, manuscripts, assorted ephemera, photographs and audio cassettes. The collection is arranged in 8 series: Administrative; General files; Articles, clippings, and scrapbooks; Echoes of the Whistle book; Whistle Up the Inlet book; Union Steamships Remembered book; Photographs; and Audio-visual.

Vancouver Maritime Museum Archives collection

  • Fonds
  • 1828-1990, predominant 1898-1960

The Vancouver Maritime Museum Archives collection consists of archival records donated to the Vancouver Maritime Museum from a wide variety of sources over a period of fifty years since the museum opened. Some of the archival records were originally processed and filed as the Library "ephemera" collection. They have since been removed from the Library database and processed as part of this collection.;The collection consists of correspondence; merchant service and naval certificates; reports and research notes; journals, diaries and logbooks; ledgers; vessel construction plans; photographs and negatives; newsletters, and oral histories recorded on DVDs and audiocassette tapes.

Donald Graham fonds

  • Fonds
  • 1885-2003 and [n.d.], predominant 1981-2002

The fonds consists of biographical information, writings, publications, minutes, memorandums, transcripts of interviews, correspondence, newspaper clippings, reports, research notes, reviews, press releases, maps, slides, and photographs. The fonds consists of 8 series: Biographical and Writings; Point Atkinson; Subject Files; Keepers of the Light; Correspondence; Maps; Light Stations; and Photographs and Slides. The records have been organized according to either Grahams original filing system or to its overall contents.

Graham, Donald R.

S.S. Master Society fonds

  • Fonds
  • 1922-2007

The 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 fonds is arranged into seven series: Society minutes, constitutions and membership records; Society financial records; Society correspondence; Society publications and events; Newspaper clippings; S.S. Master historical records; and S.S. Master logbooks.

S.S. Master Society

Pat Norris fonds

  • Fonds
  • 1955-1997

The fonds consists of records related to Pat Wastell Norriss publication High Seas, High Risk: The Story of the Sudburys. Records include correspondence, research notes and chapter drafts, publishing correspondence, newspaper clippings and photographs.

Norris, Pat Wastell

William Kaye Lamb collection

  • Fonds
  • 1904-2006

The collection consists of textual records, including ships plans, timetables, publicity brochures, onboard publications menus and published logs, notebooks, newspaper clippings, travel brochures, periodical articles and some commemorative materials. The collection also includes many post cards and other photographs. In addition, it includes research notes and manuscript materials relating to his publications on ships, correspondence related to marine matters and personal memoirs.;Whenever possible, shipping materials, i.e. plans, photographs, timetables and other ephemera have been interfiled in the existing Photograph and Ephemera files of the VMM. Each item has been identified as from the W. Kaye Lamb donation, and box lists have been created listing the donation at the item level.;The remaining records have been arranged into six series: Personal papers and biographic materials, 1904- 2006; Correspondence, 1936 1988; Research, 1920 1988; Publications, 1967 1986; Miscellaneous, 1907 1990; and The Vancouver Conference, April 23-26, 1992.

J. M. MacFarlane collection

  • Fonds
  • 1977-1979

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 John M. MacFarlane by sending requests to the various vessels and asking them reply using the envelopes he provided. With few exceptions, the materials were posted between 1977 and 1979.;Most of the envelopes have ships mailroom cancellations. A few of the envelopes have captains privilege franking (signature of a ships official rather than a stamp). Also included are relevant items such as pictures or postal cards showing the vessels or other records related to the vessel (usually brochures/pamphlets).

Edward Crawford Swank fonds

  • Fonds
  • 1821-1962, predominant1916-1958

The fonds consists of textual and graphic records created and received by Edward Swank during his private life and as a prominent member of British Columbias maritime community. Included are photographs, negatives, personal correspondence, certificates, identification cards, service reference letters, letters of appointment, certificates of discharge, notebooks, crew lists, copies of logbook entries, accounts and wages forms, doctors letters for various seamen, and ship repair lists.;The fonds is arranged into two series: Personal papers (1821-1962, predominantly 1916-1962); and Maritime service records (1904-1958, predominantly 1916-1944).

Swank, Edward Crawford, 1890-1992?

Ex-Forest Service Squadron vessel collection

  • Fonds
  • 1941-2000

The collection consists of Ex-Forestry Vessel Squadron Association documentation, such as textual records, photographs, personnel and vessel lists, reports regarding the physical condition of the Dean Ranger, logbook of the Dean Ranger, and newsletters. Collection also contains manuscripts, proofs and galleys, illustrations and photographs used in Forest Ranger, Ahoy! by Michael Coney (Sidney, B.C. : Porthole Press, 1983).

Norman Hacking fonds

  • Fonds
  • 1919-1997

The fonds consists of records created by Norman Hacking during his private life and public life as a writer. The majority of the fonds are textual records, but there are some photographs that document his childhood, family members and friends, and marine vessels. Included in the fonds are correspondence (documenting his activities and relationships with family and friends while stationed overseas during World War II), research notebooks, scrapbooks, and ephemera 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.

Hacking, Norman

Vickie Jensen fonds

  • Fonds
  • 1992-1995

The records in this fonds relate to Jensens research for the book Saltwater Women at Work. She began her research in 1993, interviewing 110 women who had all earned their living working on boats or ships in British Columbia. These women worked on vessels of all types: deep sea ships and coastal freighters, charter yachts, fish boats, ferries, Coast Guard and DFO vessels, tugboats and water taxis. The women held positions that included deckhands and skippers, oilers and engineers, mates and radio operators, cooks and marine instructors. The women worked the marine waterways throughout British Columbia, from the Queen Charlottes and Prince Rupert in the north, to Rainy Bay on the west coast, and the Lower Mainland to the south. As an outcome of her interviews, Jensen decided to broaden the focus of the project from a look at interesting individuals to include the role and impact of maritime women both in BC and nationally.;The fonds is arranged into three series: Interview transcripts (1.1 Worked on fishing boats, and 1.2 Worked on non-fishing boats); Photographs and negatives; and Interview tapes.;Records in the fonds consist of interview cassette tapes and corresponding transcripts, and photographs taken by Jensen for use in the book.

Jensen, Vickie, 1946-