In early 1897, work commenced on a sleek 30ft yacht named Dorothy 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 North America’s Pacific Northwest and is a major artefact in the Maritime Museum of BC’s collection. She’s famous for her age, her sailing adventures, and for winning many races over her working career. She’s a lovely looking vessel with beautiful lines and a simple, clean design.
Dorothy is currently on Gabriola Island with shipwright and artist, Tony Grove. Tony has undergone restoration work on Dorothy since 2013 with funds raised from private donors who were keen to see Dorothy restored for public viewing once again.
The Maritime Museum of BC is now at a critical point in Dorothy’s restoration. With future development plans progressing for the organization, we are at a cross roads with which path to take for her final stages. The Museum’s Collections Committee is currently undergoing a review of the best path forward to ensure Dorothy can receive the greatest care and be available for the public to view her and learn about her important history.