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Bubble Sextant

Maritime Museum of BC This object might look familiar if you have done celestial navigation, using angular measurements between celestial bodies like the sun and the horizon. This is a sextant. It is a bit different than the ones mariners use, because this one is for...

Tattoo Flash Art

Maritime Museum of BC, 011.005.0001 Made by Nova Scotian tattoo artist “Sailor” Jerry Swallow–not to be confused with Sailor Jerry the American tattoo artist from Hawaii, whose tattoos are what we commonly associate with sailing. Tattoos have been around for...

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...