Maritime Festival

JULY 27-28, 2019
At Britannia Shipyards
Richmond, B.C. Canada
Saturday & Sunday: 11am-6pm

Board A Boat

New this year!
Explore Imperial Landing.
Double the docks. More boats. And two tall ships!

Britannia Dock

The Britannia dock (Zone 4) will be accessible through the Seine Net Loft (Zone 5).
Open for ship boarding and viewing from 11:00am-6:00pm on both days of the festival, July 27 & 28, 2019.

Imperial Landing

The Imperial Landing dock with the tall ships is in Zone 16.
Ships will be open for ship boarding and viewing from 11:00am-6:00pm* on both days of the festival, July 27 & 28, 2019.
* Please note both tall ships will close down for viewing by 5pm on Sunday night so they can get ready for the gun battle. Depending on the line up, this may mean the line-up gets closed as early as 4pm.


Due to the changing tides the ramps are very steep during the day. Unfortunately wheelchair access is only recommended from 3:30pm-6:00pm due to safety concerns. Before 3:30pm, wheelchairs can access both the Seine Net Loft in Zone 5 and the Shipyard Building in Zone 11 as well as the decks behind both to view the boats.

Please note that for safety reasons strollers, dogs and large backpacks are not permitted on the steep ramps or floating docks. Stroller parking (at your own risk) is available right across the ramp that leads into the Seine Net Loft and on the boardwalk at the Imperial Landing dock.

SS Master

• Flag: Canada
• Homeport: Steveston, BC (Britannia Shipyards National Historic Site)
• LOA: 85’
• Beam: 19’6”
• Year Built: 1922

One of only a few remaining steam-powered tugboats the SS Master was constructed in 1922 at Beach Avenue Shipyard in False Creek. Designed and built by renowned tugboat builder Arthur Moscrop, the SS Master still operates with her original WW1 surplus steam engine. Throughout her life, the SS Master worked the waters of the Pacific Northwest towing logs and barges throughout the region. Retired and left for scrap in 1962, the SS Master was purchased for $500 and has since undergone extensive restorations.


• Flag: Canada
• Homeport: Steveston, BC (Britannia Shipyards National Historic Site)
• Rig: Gaff Ketch
• LOA: 80’
• Beam: 17’
• Draft: 9’
• Hull: Holz / Wood
• Year Built: 1903

Providence was built in 1903 as a North Sea anchor seiner by Nielson & Son of Frederikshavn, Denmark. In 1939, after several decades of active work fishing in the North Sea, she was chartered to the Danish Navy. From 1939 until 1976, Providence, struck from the civil registry and given the naval call sign Y340, served in the Danish Navy, German Navy and Danish Home Guard. In 1978, she was bought by Peter-Thor Watson and sailed to BC where she has lived and worked ever since. In early 2017, Providence was sold to Simon Fawkes and Danny Robertson who plan to work her in sail cargo and as a charter in the Salish Sea and along the West Coast.

River Queen

• Flag: Canada
• Homeport: Steveston, BC
• Rig: Ex-Lifeboat
• LOA: 30’
• Beam: 10’
• Draft: 2’6”
• Hull: Fiberglass
• Year Built: 1965

The River Queen is a 65 passenger ex-lifeboat which has been converted over to a passenger day tour boat. It operates during the summer months from Fisherman’s Wharf in Steveston. The 45-minute tour is a leisurely and fascinating historical and nature themed voyage of Steveston and cannery channel.

During the festival the River Queen will have
free 10-minute cruises

departing from the dock in Zone 4 every 15 minutes.
These cruises are weather dependent.

Delta Lifeboat

• Flag: Canada
• Homeport: Delta, BC
• LOA: 52’
• Draft: 5’
• Year Built: 1944

A registered Canadian charity, the Canadian Lifeboat Institution operates without federal government financial support. The Steveston Lifeboat is 52’ long and was built in Pearl Harbour in 1944. She has operated out of the Fraser River since 1988 and has been involved in helping to resolve over 750 marine emergencies.

Messenger III


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