We came across an article in Wooden Boat Magazine and it reminded us of the amazing work that the Cowichan Bay Maritime Centre does with students at Maple Bay Elementary. We couldn’t be more proud, since we support this event every year with a donation of plywood.
In the 60’s, William (Bill) Garden, renown Pacific northwest naval architect watched out his office window (in Seattle) as a Canadian dredge loaded with four lapstrake boats was towed enroute to the ship-wreckers across the canal. Buying the entire load, one of them was renamed Mary Anne. This was unfailing good luck as the family required a tender for our summer camp on the West coast of Vancouver Island.
In November 2015, Stephen Seaton of Ocala Florida reached out to West Wind Hardwood. As a note, his reference to Bill is of William (Bill) Garden, the renowned naval architect. He was a dear friend and mentor to Jan; died April 29, 2011 at age 92. A man who cherished privacy and did not suffer fools; he is genuinely missed.
(left)West Wind’s Corporate Camp Trip – “Mary Anne” – Montague Harbour, Galiano Island Photos by Jan Nielsen – June 2011
Here’s what Stephen had to say:
“I ran across this photo on one of your web-sites and hope you can help me. I worked for Bill the summers of 1964-65-66 and had a boat that looked just like “Mary Anne”, color of hull, canvas forward, length and general look all the same BUT I remember her engine was a single piston, even the Vivian Engine sound familiar. That sound of the engine is still with me as music to my ears.
Sam Devlin designed Dipper 19
Eric in Salmon Arm: Attached are a few pictures of the finished boat. Thanks for supplying us with quality materials for the project, and for your efforts shipping them to us in a timely fashion. We will be in touch come time for the next boat!
Eric’s boat was highlighted in Newsletter 60 – not looking quite so finished.
Built by Jan during our early years of family life and marriage, I think it kept him focused and sane.
She has a Howard Chappelle 21’6” fisherman’s launch hull and a William Garden designed cabin structure. Eighteen hundred hours were spent on her creation; starting with the lofting in 1981. Carvel planked of Western Red Cedar with splined seams over traditional steam-bent oak ribs.
Two Year Old Olivia leaning against the Hull Frames