FEBRUARY BRANCH MEETING – The next branch meeting will take place Thursday February 16 at 7PM in the Lower Lounge of the Naden Officers’ Mess in Esquimalt.
Doug Crowder and Hank Bekkering from Point Hope Maritime are scheduled to give a presentation on the proposed expansion to Point Hope Shipyard that will include a 170-meter long, $60-million graving dock large enough to handle all but the largest BC Ferries vessels. For the early history of Point Hope Maritime, please see below.
Guests and spouses are always welcome. Members, please bring a friend or colleague.
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POINT HOPE - THEN & NOW
History [from the Point Hope website]
Point Hope was a distinct geographical feature on the western shore of Victoria's upper harbour. Over the years landfill activities have diminished the point's prominence, but the area is still known as Point Hope to this day.
The first shipyard was established at Point Hope in 1873. This was the first shipyard in Victoria, and some have said that it was, in fact, the first shipyard in British Columbia. Originally the ways were of wooden construction and the yard was known simply as Colling and Cook's Ways. By 1894 the wooden ways were replaced by a marine railway, which had two cradles.
In 1888 the shipyard was referred to as Clark and Turpel's Shipyard and had several names between 1888 and 1928, but the proprietorship was always connected with William Turpel and later his sons, Samuel and Emmerson.
In 1917 the site of Turpel’s Marine Railroad was leased to the Foundation Company which built 24 wooden, steam, cargo freighters 250 to 293 feet in length.
In 1928 the yard was sold to Captain W.E. Gardner, and in 1938 was taken over by Island Tug and Barge Limited and Victoria Tug Company, which named the yard Point Hope Shipyards Limited.
Victoria BC Canada