May 8, 2018

Martime MuseumThe Maritime Museum of BC has been in the process of re-structuring its organization since moving out of the old Bastion Square Courthouse location in December 2015. Thanks to the ongoing generosity of our donors, sponsors, patrons and landlord, Wottrich Holdings Ltd., the Maritime Museum of British Columbia has been able to maintain a steady course during these turbulent times. Not only has the Museum been able to financially survive thanks to all of this generous support, but it has also been able to establish several new educational and public outreach initiatives plus create new signature events including the Victoria Day Block Party, in addition to taking over the operation of the Victoria Classic Boat Festival. Furthermore, the Museum regularly hosts onsite workshops and special events such as the new Nautical Nights guest speaker series and has been able to significantly grow its membership.

In 2014, it was announced that the Museum was to dramatically downsize operations when the Bastion Square building fell into a major state of disrepair. David Leverton, the Executive Director of the Maritime Museum of BC, pointed out that “it was a real blow to the organization to lose its long-term home of 50 years and not be offered another location to be able to publicly display our extensive maritime collection for the benefit of BC residents and visitors to the capital region. Our much smaller location only allows us to offer temporary exhibits on a rotational basis and greatly limits what we can showcase and interpret for the public at any one time.”

The collection, which has been safeguarded by the Maritime Museum of BC since its inception in 1955, contains 3 sailing vessels of historic significance to BC, 35,000 artefacts, 8,000 library books including rare publications, and an extensive archives collection, which includes textual documents, ships’ plans, and maps and charts. The majority of the collection is stored in an off-site climate controlled facility provided by the province of BC; however, there is only limited time remaining on the lease for this space. There is also an additional off-site storage location of almost 3,000 sq/ft that is not climate controlled, which poses significant risks to this portion of the collection.

The Maritime Museum of BC has been working with their local provincial representative, MLA Carole James, and federal representative, MP Murray Rankin, to try and find positive, long-term solutions that both preserve the collection and allow it to be properly displayed and interpreted for the public. Don Prittie, the President of the Maritime Museum of BC, stated that, “We have the opportunity to deliver an important museum attraction of national significance that recognizes the last ten thousand years of our west coast marine heritage and culture, but it requires a lot of political will, similar to the effort that is going into the proposed development of a new Arts Hub in our old Bastion Square location.” The Museum would like to see the establishment of a joint federal/provincial working group to assist in coordinating ongoing planning with each of the government departments who have a vested interest in any future land and building development projects. There are currently six provincial ministries that need to be involved in any decision making process.

The Maritime Museum of BC previously received regular provincial government support, but that was slowly reduced over the years. Now, any funds the Museum receives from all three levels of government are only gained through grant applications.

Leverton stated that, “We want to design a new purpose-built Museum that displays our maritime history and culture and recognizes our ongoing relationship with the ocean.” Canada does not have a national maritime museum and the Board of the Maritime Museum of BC is hopeful that a new arrangement can be worked out with Ottawa and the province to showcase and educate the public about our west coast maritime heritage for the benefit of all Canadians. “The vision is for an informal learning centre that not only features exhibits about our history and coastal environments, but also provides classrooms, research and lecture space. We want more space so we can continue to build on the successes we have achieved in our small space at Nootka Court. We want to engage more with our BC community and have a positive impact in more people’s lives. But in order to do so, we do require a significantly larger location.”

The Maritime Museum of BC would like to be in a more permanent setting by 2021, which is the 150th anniversary of BC’s entry into confederation.

For further information, please contact: David Leverton, Executive Director, Maritime Museum of BC, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 250-385-4222 ext.101

Changing Scene

  • Prev
Meeting with Rep. John Moolenaar (L-R) Pat Blake – Groupe Beneteau – VP of Channel Management & ...
Mercury Marine is known as the world leader in marine propulsion technology, but the company ...
Chris-Craft is pleased to announce that 25 dealer partners have been honored with The National ...
Find out how your customers could win $10,000 to launch their boating life
The BC Marine Parks Forever Society has donated $749,310, the largest in its 28 year history, to ...
The 2018 North American Safe Boating Awareness Week Campaign starts May 19th and we hope your ...
We are saddened to report that well-known Canadian boating writer Jonathan Lee has passed away ...
Boating Ontario training opportunities return for 2018 with multiple dates and venues scheduled ...
Mercury Marine has officially broken ground on a new expansion at its global headquarters in Fond ...
We have just learned that the Canadian Border Services Agency has discontinued the CANPASS Air and ...

YOUR SUMMER BOATING FUN STARTS HERE

Discover Boating Safety App

Find out how your customers could win $10,000 to launch their boating life 

With spring almost here, it’s time to think about making waves this summer. 

Get the FREE Discover Boating Safety App 

Your customers could win $10,000 toward the purchase of a boat!

Keep your crew safe on the water! The Discover Boating Safety app covers everything you need to know to make your time on the water safe and enjoyable. READ MORE 

 

 

FLIR INTRODUCES RAYMARINE MAGNUM HIGH-PERFORMANCE MARINE RADAR

Flir Raymarine RadarOpen ArrayRadar Brings Superior Target Tracking and Long-Range Identification for Blue Water Vessels 

FLIR Systems, Inc., has announced the Raymarine Magnum™ high-performance open array radar featuring superior bird mode and beam sharpening technology. Including many of the same radar technologies trusted by the United States Coast Guard, Magnum offers enhanced target tracking, reliable performance, and superior image detail packaged in a sleek open array pedestal built to withstand the harsh marine environment. READ MORE

 

 

People

People
  • Prev
“The wind is coming up. Tell the boys they can commence with the race.” Fittingly, these would be ...
BRP, a world leader in powersports, has announced that Tracy Crocker has been appointed to the ...
CMP has announced that Gerald Dyck has joined the firm to further enhance their growing portfolio ...
Lars Ljungström has been appointed to vice president of finance and chief financial officer (CFO) ...
John Alexander Roy passed away quietly at home on August 12 after a short battle with cancer. He ...
Torqeedohas announced that Greg Jung has been appointed vice president of marketing. In ...

Navico-Steve-Rae-400.jpg

 

Navico – the world’s largest manufacturer of marine electronics and parent company to the Lowrance®, Simrad® and B&G® brands – announced today the appointment of Steve Rae to the position of Country Manager for Canada. Based in Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Rae will be responsible for sales, service and support for the company’s three marine electronics brands. In addition, he will oversee a new Edmonton-basedNavico service center that will open its doors on May 30.  READ MORE