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A Lens on Vancouver’s Past coming to maritime museum

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the first Holland-America Line (HAL) vessel to arrive at the Port of Vancouver. To mark the occasion, the Vancouver Maritime Museum will host a micro-exhibition of ten photographs of HAL ships taken by Walter Edwin Frost, which will take place Dec. 3 to Feb. 21.

The photographs have been selected by Floris van Weelderen. During a family history project to learn more about his father’s time aboard Holland-America vessels, Floris came across a treasure trove of photographs in the City of Vancouver Archives.

More than 13,000 images taken by amateur photographer Walter Frost capture much of the industrial activity of early 20th century Vancouver. Of the thousands of images in the Walter Frost Collection, 83 feature Holland-America Line vessels over a period of 55 years.

The ten images selected for this exhibition provide a remarkable visual record of the evolution in maritime shipping and naval architecture. The micro-exhibition will also include a model of the Diemerdyk, one of the vessels photographed by Frost, and HAL ephemera from the VMM collection.

Walter Edwin Frost was born in Vancouver in 1898 and lived in the city his whole life. After the First World War, he purchased a Kodak roll film camera and began documenting his hometown. His favourite subject matter were ships, piers, locomotives and railways.

For more information, see www.hal-vas.com