Fonds - S.S. Master Society fonds

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S.S. Master Society fonds

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  • 1922-2007 (Creation)
    S.S. Master Society

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38 cm of textual records and other material

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In 1962 the Vancouver branch of the World Ship Society purchased the <i>S.S. Master</i>, the last surviving steam powered tugboat built in British Columbia in 1922. In 1976 the vessel passed into the care of the S.S. Master Society, a volunteer group formed and dedicated for the sole purpose of preserving the vessel. Since the 1980s the S.S. Master Society has received funding from individuals, corporations, local municipal government, and several federal government programs to aid in her restoration, upkeep, and participation in maritime festivals. The <i>S.S. Master</i> serves as a tribute to the tugboat industry on Canadas West Coast and is one of the distinct vessels anchored in the Vancouver Maritime Museums Heritage Harbour.;The S.S. Master Society maintains a website with photographs, a calendar of <i>S.S. Master</i> events, historical facts, and membership information. As of June 2005, the website can be found at <a href="" target="_blank"></a>.

Custodial history

The secretary of the S.S. Master Society has been traditionally responsible for the custody and maintenance of the societys records. A number of members have held this position since the Society was formed and include Bill Wylie, Bill Etchell, and Leonard McCann. The records that have been processed in this fonds are predominantly from those inherited by Leonard McCann who formally served as secretary from 1980-1990. Records dating from the mid 1990s to 2005 remain in the custody of Doug Shaw, the current secretary, and it is expected that they will be processed as part of this fonds at a later date.

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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.

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