In early 1897, work commenced on a sleek 30ft yacht in the James Bay boatyard of John J. Robinson. Although nothing remains of Robinson’s busy shop — now the site of the Laurel Point Inn — the vessel he built is still ‘above the waves’. Today, Dorothy is considered the oldest sailing yacht in all of Canada and a major artefact in the Maritime Museum of BC’s collection.

Dorothy is now being restored on Gabriola Island with shipwright and artist, Tony Grove. A key element of this will be the raising of necessary funds to cover the material and labour costs. Friends of Dorothy, a group of passionate volunteers, is actively involved in all phases of Dorothy’s rebirth. To keep up to date with Dorothy’s journey through her restoration, follow

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