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Dirk and Scabbard

Maritime Museum of BC, 0072 A naval midshipman’s dirk and scabbard. A dirk is a type of bladed weapon, quite similar to a dagger or sword. It’s kind of in between the two. For a naval midshipman, it would have been more of a ceremonial object. The scabbard...

Joseph Banks’ Globe

  Joseph Banks’ Globe This is a beautifully detailed globe from 1807, which was made for the Royal Society in London and dedicated to Sir Joseph Banks, its president. Banks was a botanist on Captain Cook’s first voyage, and we can actually see Cook’s...

MV Queen of the North Life Preserver

MV Queen of the North Life Preserver This life preserver is not from the actual wreck of the Queen of the North. It was donated by BC Ferries likely earlier in Queen of the North’s career. She ran aground and sank in 2006 on Gil Island in Wright Sound, near a small...

Walking Stick Rifle

This object might make you think you’re in a James Bond or Sherlock Holmes story. Cane guns were popular, albeit very expensive, status symbols of the wealthy Victorian gentleman. Ordinary walking sticks were fashionable outdoor accessories for upper-class, and rising...

POW Model

Most stories from the collection would stay unknown if it were not for the role of researchers. This was the case when a researcher contacted staff regarding a Prisoner of War Ship Model, donated by his father. The ship model originates from Kenora, Ontario, where a...

Blog

Welcome to the Maritime Museum of BC’s blog!  Here you’ll find posts about museum updates, historic objects in the collection, and new events and programs. Browse the posts in the links to the...