Wednesday, February 03, 2016
A Page from Vancouver Island's Maritime History - the BCP45
It's a bit of Vancouver Island history. The seiner, BCP45, came out of the Burrard drydocks in 1927 and plied the coastal waters for salmon until 1994. It changed hands frequently but spent much of the latter half of its service life operated by First Nations crews from Quadra Island.
In 1958, a documentary crew caught a picture of BCP45 at work in the Seymour Narrows near Campbell River.
That photo landed BCP45 a place on the reverse of Canada's $5 bill from 1972 to 1986.
Today she sits, safely restored, at the Maritime Heritage Centre in Campbell River.