#Virtual VMM

The Vancouver Maritime Museum is putting a lot of work into their online presence on their #VirtualVMM site, sharing a library of photo archives and a great virtual tour of the St. Roch.  If you’ve ever wanted to sneak past the “No Access Beyond this Point” signs, now’s your chance!  You can also explore right down to the engine room, although it’s missing the smell of diesel fuel.  But you do get as much time as you want, to look around and study everything in sight!

If you’re able to, the museum could really use our support during this time, either by renewing your membership, or buying raffle tickets for their current fund-raiser.

Anja is sailing!



A huge congratulations to Arnt & Valerie on getting their beautiful boat Anja out on the water!  She’s looking amazing in these great photos taken by Dale S.

Dale also sent a couple of photos of Button Swan and Ragna being enjoyed.

Button Swan

And a couple of items from our wharfingers, Sheila & Bruce:

Ahoy all,
the suggestion has once again arisen that we have a Heritage Harbour pennant or burgee. To that end we are proposing a friendly contest with no prize other than that the winner will get to see their work flying from whichever boats choose to fly the finished project.
There are many templates on line for designing these. If you do not feel artistically inclined then please just submit your ideas in descriptive form and we will see if they can be incorporated into a design.
A burgee is a type of pennant that identifies a boating organisation or marina. It is larger at the hoist than at the fly and can be triangular, tapered, or swallow-tailed. It is traditionally flown on sailing vessels from beneath the starboard spreaders or on power boats from the bow. Either type of vessel can fly it from aloft abaft the mainmast on what Americans call a pig stick or the rest of the world calls a monkey gaff.
We would suggest that the words, HERITAGE HARBOUR, be somewhere in the design and you may or may not wish to incorporate the VMM logo.
Deadline for submission is June 15th. We will post the submissions without revealing who the designer is. Enter as many designs as you want. Each vessel owner gets one vote and the entry with the majority of votes will win.
We will find someone who can make these and they will be sold to boat owners at cost.
Hope that you have some fun with this.


we have heard from Neil Thinn with his update on Northern Spray who has gone back to her original name of Hermanos Y Hermanas.
Neil spent seven months at Port Angeles working on the boat. He writes,
“We had a good year last year repairing the boat at her new home in Port Angeles. Frankly we are really pleased with her. We replaced the aft deck beams,
got rid of the wet locker, replaced the stern deck, removed the wheelhouse and deckhouse, rebuilt the aft deckhouse and have started with the installation
of the mid deck beams, installation of the mast keelson and completion of the partially demolished forward deckhouse.
Hermanos Y Hermanas was renamed Northern Spray after being purchased from Gig harbour by Sam Mckinney, while he was working at the VMM,
prior to docking at Heritage Harbour. We just found out recently Sam was the founder of the Oarlock and Sail Wooden Boat Club, and donated funds
to commence wooden boat building shed while founding the club at Heritage Harbour. Sam was a really great contributor to Canada and the museum,
we are also grateful, he saved our boat.
Repairs: The 3 inch by 5 inch beams and deck house framing and planking are made out of African Mahogany, the deckhouse roof is made out of old
(or first) growth cedar. (16 or more growth rings to the inch, I’m told) Currently HYH is in her shed on the hard at PA.


Anja’s new mast, Luna arrives at the dock

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Although things have been mostly quiet at the boat shed, there has been some activity at the dock:  Arnt & Valerie have been busy working on Anja, and they’re getting close to raising sails!  Tom is making great progress on Ern’s cabin top replacement.  And Dale S. has brought his sweet little SCAMP down to the dock.

Arnt & Valerie enlisted the help of Tom and his son Arnt to bring the mast down the ramp and into place on Anja.  After getting my camera positioned, I pitched in as well.  Since then, Arnt has been busy getting all the rigging ready, and is getting a bit more sail area added to the mainsail.  Anja is looking gorgeous!!

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Since the boat launch ramps are closed, Dale S. has arranged to keep his SCAMP Luna at Heritage Harbour.  Arnt & I helped him launch her from the beach.

He’s now keeping her at the end of the dock beside Ragna, and taking her out regularly to enjoy the fine weather we’ve been having!  Yesterday he and I crossed paths out on English Bay – always a pleasure to sail in good company!  The Oarlock & Sail boats have been getting out quite a lot lately as well, which is great to see!

And finally, Rob had an article published recently in a magazine over on Vancouver Island, describing Ern and Odin’s journey around Vancouver Island a few years ago (part 1 of 4).  It’s always fascinating reliving that adventure!