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Our Fleet: Small Craft with a Story

Featured Exhibit

23 November 2021 – 14 May 2022
The Maritime Museum of BC cares for three vessels in its collections: SV Tilikum, SV Dorothy, and SV Trekka. Each of these vessels has deep roots in BC’s coastal history and each carries her own stories of adventure and adversity. Though unique in many ways, including their materials and structure, all three vessels share one thing in common: they have all captured the hearts and minds of people in the Pacific Northwest and around the world for generations.

Visit the Maritime Museum of BC to learn the stories of these three small crafts and what makes them all special.

Please note: our fleet is stored offsite due to the size of our gallery space. This exhibit shares stories, archival documents, images, and objects.


Mishaps & Misadventures

Featured Gallery

 On until the end of November
British Columbia’s coastline is without a doubt a rugged one. Our rocky cliffs, shallow shorelines, and stormy winter seasons all make for difficult passage. This has resulted in hundreds of shipwrecks along our coast. This display features stunning photos from the Maritime Museum of BC’s collection of ships in distress and the stories behind them. Luckily, there is no human tragedy in any of these stories! Only weird circumstances that vessels have been unfortunate enough to find themselves in.

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Detail Beyond Measure: Models, Half Hulls, and Name Plates from the Maritime Museum of BC’s Collection

Permanent Exhibit

The Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR) Company completed the first transcontinental railroad across Canada in 1885, physically linking Canada’s colonial centres in the east with its relatively undeveloped colonial west. Shortly afterward, CPR was operating fleets of transpacific and transatlantic steamships, transporting people, cargo, and mail across the oceans. On British Columbia’s coast, the Steamship Terminal in Victoria’s inner harbour became the main hub for steamship transportation, and ultimately became known as the “gateway to Western Canada”. At the height of the Steamship era, luxurious Prince, Princess and Empress steamship lines dominated the BC’s coast and their influence can still be seen in the province today.


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See our Queer at Sea: Tales from the 2SLGBTQ+ Community page for more information about our upcoming exhibit.


Access our virtual exhibit platform here. Dive in to our Collections and get an in-depth look at objects and stories. Current exhibits include:

Life at Pine Island Light Station: 1957 to 1967

Mishaps and Misadventures

Pacific: Ocean Gateway to British Columbia

Work and Wear: A Peek into the MMBC’s Textile Collection

These virtual exhibits are available free of charge.