Historical Writing Competition 2002 – Mansbridge, Francis

2002 – Mansbridge, Francis

Launching history: The saga of Burrard Dry DockMansbridge, F. (2002). Launching history: The saga of Burrard Dry Dock. Madeira Park, BC: Harbour Publishing.

The saga of Burrard includes stories of some of the famed ships of the Union Steamship Company that opened up the BC coast; of Canada’s post-World War I merchant marine fleet; of the St. Roch, the first boat to traverse the Northwest Passage in both directions and to circumnavigate North America; of the BC Ferry fleet; and of the warships and workboats that came down the ways into Burrard Inlet. It also provides a glimpse of the early years of the twentieth century on the coast, when ships were not mere transportation but also an opportunity to fuse practical workmanship with aesthetics.