Boat Cloak close up

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 officer’s mess dress uniform, for more formal events events. This cloak was not for everyday. It was donated as part of a collection of Rear Admiral Finch-Noyes belongings, including a mess jacket and a greatcoat. He was appointed Rear Admiral in 1960, after a long career in the Royal Canadian Navy from his first appointment in 1926 as a Naval Cadet. He served in HMCS Naden as flag Officer – Pacific Coast. You might notice that there’s a label in the cloak. That’s very helpful to us, because it helps us date it. The label says July 6 1954, and the tailor who made it is Tip Top Tailors.