Steam & Oak

The boat has ribs! Saturday was a very productive day, with all the white oak ribs steamed and bent to shape!

Nick brought his steam box and turkey fryer, and got it fired up. Brent had prepared the stock beforehand, using wood from the same batch as what he used for frames on his big boat, Ricochet. Very appropriate, as this little boat will serve as a tender on Ricochet.

Take a look at the OLAS Photos album on Google Photos for a few more shots, and a video of one of the first ribs being bent into place. Feel free to look through that album from time to time – a few of us regularly post a bunch of pics there. And let us know if you want to add some too!

Summertime

The summer is flying by, faster than ever, it seems! We’ve been slowly working on the Acorn tender in the shop, a few people at a time, and have reached a major milestone – last week the last of the planking was fastened, and the boat was flipped upright! She looks awesome with mahogany sheer strakes and yellow cedar planking. Next up will be the steam-bent oak frames (and all the many rivets that go along with that).

In July our Safety Committee did a capsize (and recovery) demonstration with Ragna, and put together a Sailing Safely document to help keep everyone happy and safe. If you’re an OSBUG member (or otherwise interested), please watch the video and read the document for some great advice and guidance.

Luna, Anja (with her tender, Feather), and Ern

Our members have been out cruising quite a bit, and a few even managed to meet up in Plumper Cove in Howe Sound. This was before Dale & Chris had the excitement of Luna’s dismasting! After they made their way back to Heritage Harbour, the offers of a temporary replacement mast came pouring in, and Brent donated a spar that Dale adapted successfully. After that, Dale & Chris got back out for more cruising – always an adventure and a story!

Part of Dale & Chris’s travels took them to Vancouver Island, where they met up with Ingrid, and handed over stewardship of their Gartside 14′ sailboat! After Ingrid got a bit frightened by the amount of sail, she brought the sail back to our shop, and with Bruce’s advice and sewing machine, she added two reef points to the sail, hopefully making it a lot more manageable. It was great to see Ingrid again, and get out for a sail together!

The happy winners of last year’s
Heritage Harbour Classic

An upcoming event to keep in mind is the 5th annual Heritage Harbour Classic, planned for September 19th. Stay tuned for more information, but a suggestion for an added event this year is a heaving line challenge, using a monkey’s fist made by the participant. There are other new things afoot for the Classic, including a possible change of classifications.

BIG news at the harbour is the departure of the former RCMP ship Nadon! A bunch of us met at high tide a few weeks ago to help move her from her former berth to the outer dock ready for Ella McKenzie to tow her to Shelter Island the next day. There, she’ll undergo a refit to hopefully serve as a research vessel – I’d say that’s a perfect fit for her!

The change of scenery is spectacular! Two new additions (well, one was a returning vessel) fit in SO nicely! The returning vessel is Odin, under her new owner – great to have the lovely little yellow boat back. Also welcome Rhinegold, a 1911 motor yacht, a beautiful classic!

Heritage Harbour

The Vancouver Maritime Museum has added a page on their website highlighting our home, the Heritage Harbour. Nice to see that feature!

An upcoming exhibition at the museum looks interesting – watch for it coming up September 16th.

I think that’s all for now – it’s been a while since our last post, and I’m sure I’ve missed a few things! Hope to see you down at the dock soon.

Sisters of the Ice Book Launch

Tomorrow night (June 1, 2021, 7pm PDT), our Heritage Harbour wharfinger Bruce will be presenting his new book, Sisters of the Ice, stories from the Arctic involving his ship and the St Roch. If you haven’t read the book yet, DO!! It’s available at the Vancouver Maritime Museum, and gives a fascinating insight into life up north. Read more about the book in the link above.

The talk is free, via Zoom, but you do need to register for it in the link, and it gives you the chance to order the book as well if you can’t make it to the museum.

In the meantime…

Nick sent these photos of the work he’s been doing on his Davidson dinghy rebuild – he writes:

My latest boat project is very close to being finished. No name yet & sanding of the oars ongoing. It looks pretty good sitting in my shop on the “ Flintstone Roller”. I’ll be taking it out for relaunching soon
Cheers, Nick

Before

After

Thanks for the update, Nick – looking great, and we hope you enjoy getting her back in the water!

Last week, a local writer and photographer stopped by the dock for a chat with Arnt and Dale, after one of their regular days on the water – take a look at the post on Facebook or Instagram:

Nice to get some exposure in different places!

I’ve been making (slow) progress on my model of Button Swan:

(Yes, I messed up on the thwarts – I went by the original drawings, not the revised version we built!)

We’d love to hear of any boat-related projects you’ve got going on while we wait for the opportunity to get back to the shop.

National Registry of Historic Vessels

There’s a very important and worthwhile effort underway to build recognition of historic vessels in B.C. and Canada, something that has been amazingly lacking so far. The effort has been started by Robert Allan and the SS Master Society. Please take a moment to read their proposal, and if you feel led, use their template to write a letter to the minister of Canadian Heritage in support of this idea (follow the link below).

Subject: National Registry of Historic Canadian Vessels

Hello Crew,

Recognition and awareness of the Master is fundamental to our fundraising
efforts. The establishment of a National Registry of Historic Canadian
Vessels is one way to ensure the Master is recognized as the historically
significant vessel that she is. To that end, Rob Allan has written to the
Honorable Steven Guilbeault, Minister of Canadian Heritage, proposing the
creation of a National Registry of Historic Canadian Vessels.

We need every one’s help. Below is Rob’s note to members asking for your
support. Click on this link to see Rob’s note to members, Rob’s sample note
to the Minister and the article written by Rob and John MacFarlane.
https://www.ssmaster.org/registry-of-historic-vessels/

*Dear Friends of Master,As we mount our Centenary campaign to raise the
funds for the restoration of Master, a large part of that overall effort is
to try to get the Federal Government to create a National Register of
Historic Canadian Vessels.  This recognition would be incredibly important
to Master but would also establish some ground rules for the preservation
of, or at the very least accurate detailed documentation of vessels of
significance across the country.*

*For a more extensive discussion of this topic, please see the attached
article which John Macfarlane and I wrote in 2019, although this was with a
Provincial focus. *

*I am asking every one of you to please take a moment to support this
initiative by writing to the Minister of Canadian Heritage endorsing this
concept. To make life a bit easier I have drafted the attached letter to
The Honourable Steven Guilbeault, Minister of Canadian Heritage, which you
can use “as is” or adapt to suit your own thoughts.*

*Please circulate this appeal to anyone you know who believes in the
importance of our nautical heritage.*

*“Steaming Ahead”*

*Rob Allan*

*Barry*

Barry A Martens
President – SS Master Society
Email:* ssmaster@telus.net <ssmaster@telus.net>*
Website: ssmaster.org

Stormy night

Last weekend we had quite a blow down at the harbour – up to 55 kts of wind! Bruce and Kristyn were kept on their toes, watching the boats. Here’s some of their footage.

Under their watchful eyes, the boats fared pretty well, with some dock lines needing reinforcing, but North Star of Herschel Island sustained some damage – one of her dock lines ripped out part of her bulwarks!

Bruce already has a workday lined up, with Eric’s help. Bruce was planning to replace some rotten wood this summer, but this accelerates the timeline!

One of our boats had a bit of a run-in with a deadhead last week, thankfully caught before there was damage! Kristyn noticed that Ragna was looking a little skewed at her mooring, and got Bruce’s attention on it – he dislodged the log and got Ragna resting comfortably again. Big thanks to Kristyn and Bruce for that!!

When the wind isn’t blowing too hard, we’ve had some great sailing – here are a couple of videos, with Ragna, Enke, and Arnt & Valerie’s boat Anja.

Spring Sailing

Spring has come, and we’ll keep having even more sailing days! Not that winter has slowed us down too much – it’s been a good season, with decent weather coming very regularly! Here are a few videos – our club boats Ragna and Enke on Saturday, and a couple of our members on Anja today. Our club boats are always available for OSBUG members – please be sure to book the boats on our Google calendar.

I hope you got to see the presentation on Thursday, about the SS Master tugboat – it was fascinating! In case you didn’t see it, or if you want to see it again, you can get a bit of the story here. I would encourage you all to support the SS Master Society in preserving this important part of BC maritime history, the last known wooden steam-powered tugboat in the world!

Sheila

We were absolutely shocked this week to receive word from our wharfinger Bruce:

I am writing to you with the very sad news that my wife and partner of 38 years, Sheila Macdonald, died suddenly yesterday evening aboard ship. Her death does not appear to be Covid related.

Sheila devoted her life to helping others. She worked at such places as the CNIB, March of Dimes, Group Homes for people with severe mental and physical disabilities, as well as our bookstore.

She was a caring and loving mother to our two daughters and two foster children.

We sailed thousands of miles together using the sails that she sewed. She was also very skilled at woodworking and her passion for cooking and baking was always appreciated. She was 62 years old.

As per her request there will be no service.

She will be sorely missed.

Bruce

We , their Oarlock & Sail family, extend our condolences to Bruce at this time of painful loss. Many of our members have asked to pass along their thoughts, and want him to know that we care deeply.

Sheila was such a kind and caring presence at Heritage Harbour, and we will all miss her so terribly much.

SS Master presentation

Our friends at the Vancouver Maritime Museum have just announced a fascinating presentation about the SS Master, the wonderful wooden steam-powered tugboat, built in False Creek in 1922. If you’ve ever been aboard, and visited that awesome engine-room, you’ll want to hear more about it, and enjoy the virtual tour. Tickets are $25, or spend an extra $5 to join the SS Master Society, and support their efforts to preserve and restore this treasure.

Read more about the presentation and how to get your ticket here: https://vanmaritime.com/2021/02/23/ss-master-the-first-100-years/

Worldwide Classic Boat Show

Starting tomorrow is the first Worldwide Classic Boat Show, a virtual celebration of boats and boating put on by the fine folks at Off Center Harbor. We’ve got two entries in it, for our club and for Button Swan, and our neighbours at the dock, Ern, Anja, and Querencia are also in it.

Tickets are only $5, so check it out, and support their um, support of all things classic boat! You’ll be able to read about all sorts of boats, as well as see a bunch of speakers on various topics.

links will be live Friday morning 
Club:  https://classicboatshow.com/listing/oarlock-sail-wooden-boat-club/

Boat:  https://classicboatshow.com/listing/button-swan-12-providence-river-boat-replica-2018/