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Marlin Spike

The Maritime Museum of BC Despite what you might think, the marlin spike was not named after the long-billed fish, but instead gets its name from the small cord called marlin, which is typically tarred and used for the serving of rope. In fact, the fish is actually...

SS Iroquois Keys

Maritime Museum of BC If you spend summers bicycle riding along the Lochside Trail, you might know of Iroquois Park in Sidney. It’s not named for the Haudenosaunee People, but rather it is named for a steamship known as the SS Iroquois. Long before BC Ferries,...

‘Housewife’ and Toiletry Kit

Maritime Museum of BC Two incredibly practical pieces of issued kit from two different sailors are before me. Both were initially catalogued under a single descriptor: a housewife. What could they be? Since the 18th century a servicemembers small roll-Out sewing kit...

RCN Gas Mask

Maritime Museum of BC Though the tin that contains it might be dented and rusty, this anti-gas respirator and set of goggles are in great condition. It was one of the types of respirators issued during the Second World War. Using a British design, Canada produced its...