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Featured Exhibit: SS Valencia

August 24, 2021

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An event every week that begins at 12:00 am on Tuesday and Wednesday, repeating until September 2, 2021

Featured Exhibit:

SS Valencia: A Theatre of Horror


Banner image for the Valencia Exhibit. One side is an old black and white photo of the SS Valencia with crew and passengers on the upper decks, the other side of the image is white text on a burgundy background. It reads "12 March to 2 September 2021" "SS Valencia: A Theatre of Horror". The Maritime Museum of BC logo is at the base of the image.

The shipwreck of the SS Valencia is well known as one of the worst maritime disasters in an area along Vancouver Island’s west side known as “The Graveyard of the Pacific”.

 Its tale lives on in Victoria through ghost stories and it has even captured the attention of an international audience. But what actually played out during this dramatic sinking? How did this “theatre of horror” drag on for 40 hours? What are the human stories behind the infamous scene of the shipwreck?

This exhibit tells the story of the SS Valencia and considers what conditions led to such a horrific ending. By meeting a cast of characters thrown together by fate, visitors will hear the human stories behind the tragedy and consider what effect trauma had on the events. Visitors will also get to see objects recovered from the Valencia wreck including some of mysterious circumstances. Valencia’s story is enrapturing and will continue to live on in the lore of BC’s maritime history. Visit the Maritime Museum of BC today to learn more about this infamous shipwreck.

Information for the Public

Exhibit Dates: 12 March – 2 September 2021

Location: 634 Humboldt Street, Victoria BC

Hours of Operation:

  • Spring Break (March 16-27): Tuesdays to Saturdays, 10-5
  • April to Victoria Day: Thursdays to Saturdays, 10-5
  • Victoria Day to 2 September: Tuesdays to Saturdays, 10-5


The Maritime Museum of BC
744 Douglas St.
Victoria, BC V8W 3M6 Canada


Maritime Museum of BC