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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...

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...

Barograph

Maritime Museum of BC, 2019.010.0001 Here is an antique working barograph, known as “The Prip.” This was used by sailors to help chart changes in atmospheric pressure.This would help them avoid storms, and know when storms were coming. Connected to a...

Shell Fragment

Maritime Museum of BC, 2020.R.0001 This shell fragment is from the attack on Estevan Lighthouse. The lighthouse came in to service in 1910, and in June 1942 the Japanese submarine, I-26, attacked. Over 20 shells like this one were fired over the course of 40 minutes....

Tilikum Artwork

001.018.0001 986.027.0001 986.027.0002 Maritime Museum of BC, 986.027.0001-0002, 001.018.0001 It is hard to show visitors the Tilikum these days in its current storage facility. You can, on the other hand, view many pieces of Tilikum artwork online. This large piece...