Maritime Festival

JULY 28-29, 2018
At Britannia Shipyards
Richmond, B.C. Canada
Saturday & Sunday: 10am-6pm
Presenting Sponsor Presenting Sponsor: RE/MAX

Ship Boarding

A bounty of beautiful wooden boats! Walk the 190-metre (600-foot) dock to view and board historic boats and ships of all kinds. Please note that for safety reasons, wheelchairs, strollers, dogs and large backpacks are not permitted on the steep ramps or floating docks. Stroller parking area is available.

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The dock (zone 4) will be accessible through the Seine Net Loft and open for ship boarding and viewing from 11:00am-6:00pm on July 28th and 29th, 2018.

Merrie Ellen

• Flag: USA
• Homeport: Pleasant Harbor, WA
• Rig: Schooner
• LOA: 114’
• Beam: 20’
• Draft: 10’6”
• Year Built: 1922

Merrie Ellen was originally named RFM. She was built in False Creek in 1922 as a sister ship to the SS Master. Her coal-fired boiler and steam engine were war surplus from WWI. She was repurposed as a passenger schooner in 1979 and has worked in that capacity ever since. Thanks to a major restoration by her present owners, Merrie Ellen will be enjoyed by maritime history enthusiasts well past her centennial year.

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 construction 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.

Ella McKenzie

• Flag: Canada
• Homeport: Vancouver, BC
• Rig: Tug Boat
• LOA: 38’
• Beam: 11’ 5”
• Draft: 4’5”
• Year Built: 1951

The Ella McKenzie was built by McKenzie Tug and Derrick at the Dollarton shipyard in North Vancouver. She worked in the waters around the Burrard Inlet as a dredge tender and oil spill response vessel. Later in her working life she was used for hand logging around Haida Gwaii. After a long working career Ella was rebuilt in 2007 and converted to a pleasure craft


• 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.


• Flag: Canada
• Homeport: Vancouver, BC
• Rig: Gaff-rigged Ketch
• LOA: 60’
• Beam: 18’
• Draft: 8’
• Year Built: 1921

Gaia was originally built as an engineless sailing trawler for fishing in the North Sea. Her first engine of 10 hp was installed in 1939 during its life as a Norwegian Registered Vessel. During World War II, she was arrested by the Germans for smuggling refugees from Denmark to the Scottish Shetland Islands.


• Flag: Canada
• Homeport: Richmond, BC
• LOA: 30’
• Draft: 3’ 5”
• Year Built: 1947

Loueda was built on Granville Island and launched in 1947. Thought to be a pre-war design the story goes that her builder owned a foundry and would use the site to produce one of a kind custom cast bronze fittings. She is built of built of yellow cedar with a Honduras mahogany house.

Steveston Lifeboat

• Flag: Canada
• Homeport: Steveston, 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.


• Flag: Canada
• Homeport: Steveston, BC (Britannia Shipyards National Historic Site)
• Rig: Fishing Vessel
• LOA: 117’
• Beam: 23’3”
• Draft: 12’3”
• Year Built: 1944

Launched on July 21, 1944 and christened by Mrs. F. V. Heakes, the wife of Air Vice Marshal F.V. Heakes of the Western Air Command, Hesquiat was built by Newcastle Shipbuilding in Nanaimo BC as a supply vessel for the Royal Canadian Air Force. The Hesquiat is now owned by the Canadian Fishing Company (CANFISCO).

Silver Ann

• Flag: Canada
• Homeport: Steveston, BC (Britannia Shipyards National Historic Site)
• Rig: Gillnetter
• LOA: 39’
• Beam: 10’
• Draft: 4’
• Year Built: 1968

The Silver Ann was built in 1968-69, and was the last boat constructed at the Britannia Shipyards inside the Richmond Boatbuilders Building. This gillnetter was built by S. Asari for George Osaka, in the year of his 25th wedding anniversary (the silver anniversary), which is why she is named the “Silver Ann”.

Merrilee II

• Flag: Canada
• Homeport: Steveston, BC (Britannia Shipyards National Historic Site)
• LOA: 34’
• Beam: 11’
• Draft: 3’
• Year Built: 1950 from a 1948 E Monk design by Lloyd Griffith

The Merrilee II was re-launched in December 2013, with final repairs to be completed dockside. This project will refurbish the charming 1950s pleasure craft, typical of its era of simplicity, elegance and quality.

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.


• Flag: Canada
• Homeport: Richmond, BC
• Rig: Brig
• LOA: 10’
• Hull: Wooden – Custom Built
• Year Built: 2005 & 2007

The Adventure and Liberté are some of the smallest operational manned square riggers in the world and have appeared in numerous festivals throughout the Pacific Northwest. The Mini-Brigs are operated and maintained by the Shady Isle Pirate Society, a registered non-profit, family-friendly society based in Steveston.

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