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Lifeboat and Raft Ration Biscuits

Maritime Museum of BC Picture this: you’re on a life boat, just launched. The ship you were on has sunk, and you now must wait to be rescued on the high seas. What do you have in your life boat to sustain you while you wait? On minesweeper HMCS Oshawa, these...

Bubble Sextant

Maritime Museum of BC This object might look familiar if you have done celestial navigation, using angular measurements between celestial bodies like the sun and the horizon. This is a sextant. It is a bit different than the ones mariners use, because this one is for...

Juan Francisco de la Bodega y Quadra Oil Painting

Maritime Museum of BC This oil painting is of Juan Francisco de la Bodega y Quadra. it was painted in 1940 by Julio Garcia Condoy, and was added to the Museum’s collection in 1958. Bodega y Quadra is probably best known for his encounters with Captain George...

Boat Cloak

Maritime Museum of BC This is a beautiful textile object from our Collection, a boat cloak belonging to Rear Admiral Edward William Finch-Noyes. It is made of wool, fully lined, with this gorgeous fastening at the throat, and would have been worn as part of an...

Tattoo Flash Art

Maritime Museum of BC, 011.005.0001 Made by Nova Scotian tattoo artist “Sailor” Jerry Swallow–not to be confused with Sailor Jerry the American tattoo artist from Hawaii, whose tattoos are what we commonly associate with sailing. Tattoos have been around for...