Posted by: cherylyoung | October 25, 2012

Part 2 of the Maritime Museum of British Columbia

In 1901, Captain John Voss and his partner, Norman Luxton,
set sail from Victoria to circumnavigate the globe.
What set their feat apart is that their 38-foot craft, the Tilikum,
was transformed into a sailing craft from a native canoe fashioned
from a single cedar log.
Overcoming many obstacles, and with sterling sailing skills, Voss steered
this strange boat around the world to reach London, England, in 1904.
The best part of this story is that you can actually see the Tilikum
in the Maritime Museum of BC.
Yes, after wandering the world’s oceans, the famous sailing canoe
came back to its home in Victoria.
Crow’s Nest
What was it like to work and live aboard a huge wooden sailing vessel?
Well, young visitors can experience this first-hand by joining its
crew and exploring the crow’s nest.
Kids are encouraged to climb the ratlines, steer a course, and fire
off a few volleys from the swivel cannon located on the large mock-up
of a ship’s deck.
The rugged coastline of British Columbia is treacherous for marine
navigation, and countless ships have ended up in peril.
Perhaps the worst naval disaster was the Princess Sofia, a coastal
steamer that went down off Alaska in 1918, with the loss of all
343 people on board.
The story of the Sofia and other unlucky ships makes chilling reading
and reminds us of the fierceness of the sea.
Engine Room
If sailing vessels move by wind power, what happens when
there isn’t a breeze?
Find out how mariners travel the seas through the harnessing
of steam and fuel to create engine power.
View engines, big and small, turn over the full-sized steam
engine on display, and witness power in action.
Model Mania
The creation of ship models requires skilled hands, combined with
an incredible attention to detail and an in-depth knowledge of vessels.
The Maritime Museum of BC has an outstanding collection of models
stretching back to the HMS Nile, built in 1810 by prisoners of war,
and up to 20th-century war ships and detailed builder’s models
for passenger vessels.
Whether amateur or professionally built, it is marvellous to see
the hours of dedication that went into the construction of each model.
Coastal Steam Ships
For many people living on the Pacific Coast, the Canadian Pacific
Railroad (CPR) ships were a welcome sight.
These comfortable, and often luxurious, coastal steamers provided
an essential link between communities in Canada and the United States.
Some of these vessels, such as the Princess Marguerite, are still fondly
remembered today.
The Empresses
Relive the romantic era of sea travel aboard the famous Canadian
Pacific Empress fleet.
The names of the ships themselves symbolized luxury and comfort.
For decades, these storied ships linked Canada to the world, crisscrossing
the Pacific Ocean to far flung lands. There is much to take in, from
fabulous models of the ships themselves to period souvenirs, and even
some of the silverware used to serve lucky passengers in an era
now long gone.
BC Ferries
BC Ferries operates one of the largest passenger fleets in the world.
It provides an essential link and lifeline for communities all along
the Pacific Coast.
Often unheralded, these marine highways operate a daily service,
transporting essential supplies, people, cars and trucks.
The impact that BC Ferries has on the economic and cultural
wellbeing of much of British Columbia is immeasurable.
Check out the fabulous model of the most recent ‘Spirit Class’
ferries that are capable of carrying 470 cars and 2,100 passengers
on each voyage.
Coast Guard
The Canadian Coast Guard’s name implies protection, but this is
only one aspect of this multi-faceted organization. In addition to
tending to coastal security concerns, they take responsibility for
such diverse functions as Air Sea Rescue, maintaining navigation
aids such as buoys, and operating lighthouses.
Take the time to explore the compelling stories of lighthouse
operations and to view the magnificent examples of the brilliant
prismatic (Fresnel) lenses that once alerted mariners to navigational hazards.
Classic Boats and Swiftsure
Why is it that whenever pleasure boaters get together, they come
up with new and enjoyable ways to compete against each other?
Discover the fascinating legacy of yachting as illustrated by
the two popular annual Victoria boating events: the Swiftsure
International Yacht Race and the Classic Boat Festival.
Check out dramatic images of the Swiftsure boats in full sail and
marvel at the lovingly-restored vintage vessels.
Royal Navy
The British Royal Navy’s presence on the Pacific Coast goes back
to the founding of Fort Victoria in the 1840s and continued right
until 1910.
The legacy of the British ships and crew lives on today in numerous ,
town and waterway names throughout the coastal region.
Over the years, the Royal Navy built a massive naval complex in
Esquimalt, complete with a graving or dry dock that allowed ships to be
repaired locally and not be forced to make the lengthy journey
back to England.
Take the opportunity to explore the detailed model of the Esquimalt
Graving Dock and see if you can figure out how this novel piece of worked.
Royal Canadian Navy
When did Canada get its own navy and what was the name of
the first ship to serve in the Pacific?
Well, a hint is 1910 and another is the HMCS Rainbow, but that’s
only the beginning of your exploration of Canada’s rich naval history.
The Royal Canadian Navy has a proud past and present, with ships
and crews bravely serving through world wars and into the age
of modern global conflict.
There are many highlights in this gallery, but perhaps the most
significant are the exhibits telling the poignant and heroic stories of
Canadians who served in the navy during the brutal war years.
Did you know that the Maritime Museum has an extensive collection
of nautical publications and is the proud holder of a huge quantity of
original ship plans, charts, photographs and archival material?
Got a puzzling marine question or have a research project on your mind?
Knowledgeable volunteer staff members are on hand during the weekday
afternoons to assist and encourage.
If this room could tell its own story, it would weave a fantastic tale of
dramatic legal events and legendary personalities.
Once presided over by the notorious Judge Sir Matthew Baillie Begbie
in the late 19th century, this courtroom once served as both the Supreme
Court of BC and the Vice-Admiralty Court for maritime legal matters.
Today, the room has been restored to its former glory and offers the
visitor the unique opportunity to explore one of the few remaining
historic courtrooms in the country.
The museum also runs Special Exhibits that are displayed on a
temporary basis. The Maritime Museum is open daily at 9:30am.
Closed on Christmas Day.
Contact Details:
Maritime Museum of British Columbia
28 Bastion Square
Victoria, BC
V8W 1H9
Tel: (250) 385-4222
Fax: (250) 382-2869

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