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Dorothy Sloop Gets Recognized

The rebuild of the 1897 classic sloop Dorothy by Robert Lawson and the Maritime Museum of BC is getting its long-overdue recognition with articles in the February publications of Wooden Boat and Classic Boat!

To top it off the boat has been nominated in the Classic Boat awards for Best Restoration Under 40 ft among 8 other nominees. Anyone can vote, and one vote per email address!

Vote For Dorothy:

Robert also sent us photos of a 13 ft skiff built between 1920 and 1940 by D T Jones which John Marston donated specifically to be Dorothy’s skiff. Dorothy’s original skiff was built by T C Jones in 1895, all that remains is its original backboard.

Great to be Involved

Great to be Involved

If you’ve been in business long enough, not only does the hair change colour but you find you’ve been involved in many interesting projects.  Two noteworthy products are recreationally related, and oddly both date back 20 to 30 years ago.  

We’ll start with the preservation of the 1927 Rocky Mountain excursion boat, International. She may be the oldest continuously operating wooden passenger vessel in North America; certainly, she is the oldest operating passenger vessel in Canada, and owned and operated by the Canadian Kretz/Robinson Family.

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The Origins of “Dulwen”

The Classic Wooden Power Boat That Launched in 1957

dulwen parks canada portland island

Well……what to my wondering eyes did we see…?

Jan and I spent a weekend anchored at Royal Cove – Portland Island and spotted some new Parks signage.  It was an “OMG” moment.  That’s our boat!

The photo of the boat is our boat minus a few visual alterations.  The aft steering station has been enclosed, the swim grid lengthened, and stainless guard rails installed.  We’ve turned a gas-engine runabout into a cozy year-round diesel-engine vessel.  As the fifth owner since 1957, we’ve enjoyed her for 20 years; many interior alterations have been made for comfort and safety. We’ve journeyed as far afield as The Broughton Archipelago several times.

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