Fonds - Star Shipyard (Mercer's) Ltd. fonds

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Star Shipyard (Mercer's) Ltd. fonds

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  • 1927-1973 (Creation)
    Star Shipyard (Mercer's)

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29 cm of textual records;architectural drawing;publications

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Star Shipyard (Mercer's) Ltd. was founded in 1908 in New Westminster, BC, by Edward Mercer and William Mercer of Harbour Grace, Newfoundland. The business continued as a partnership between the two brothers until 1927 when the business was reorganized on a limited liability basis after Edward Mercer's sons Arthur Mercer and Gordon Mercer purchased their uncle's share. The yard continued as a family business until 1970 when it was sold to Grant Asplin of Fort Brie, Ontario. Star Shipyard constructed wooden and steel vessels up to approximately 170 feet (52 meters) in length. They specialized in fishing boats, sternwheelers, tugs and scows for the coastal trade. During the Second World War, warships and other naval craft were constructed for the British, Russian and Canadian navies.

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The Star Shipyard (Mercers) Ltd. fonds was brought to the New Westminster Museum and Archives in three parts over an extended period of time. Ken Graham is the only individual listed as a custodian on one of the three accession forms for the year 1986.

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The fonds consists of specifications for work on various ships and docks as well as tenders and agreements involving the shipyard. Several financial records, magazines, and manuals as well as a yard plan for the shipyard are also a part of the fonds.

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BCAUL control number: NWM-949

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