Aug 28 - Sept 7, 2020

Board A Boat

A bounty of beautiful wooden boats! Walk the 190-metre (600-foot) dock to view and board historic boats and ships of all kinds.

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The dock (zone 4) will be accessible through the Seine Net Loft and open for ship boarding and viewing from 11:00am-6:00pm on both days of the festival, July 27 & 28, 2019.

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Please note that for safety reasons strollers, dogs and large backpacks are not permitted on the steep ramps or floating docks. Stroller parking (at your own risk) is available right across the ramp that leads into the Seine Net Loft.

Lady Washington

Year Built: 1989
Flag: U.S
LOA: 112’
Beam: 22’
Home Port: Aberdeen
Guns: Two three pounder; two swivels aft

The Lady Washington is a full-scale replica of the original Lady Washington, launched on March 7th, 1989. In 1787, after the Revolutionary War, she was given a major refit to prepare her for an unprecedented trading voyage around Cape Horn. In 1788, she became the first American vessel to make landfall on the west coast of North America.
A pioneer in Pan-Pacific trade, she was the first American ship to visit Honolulu and Japan. Lady Washington opened the black pearl and sandalwood trade between Hawaii and Asia when King Kamehameha became a partner in the ship.
The modern Lady Washington, constructed as a brig, was thoroughly researched by historians and traditionally constructed by skilled shipwrights. She was launched as part of the 1989 Washington State Centennial celebration. The new Lady Washington is a U.S. Coast Guard inspected and certified passenger sailing vessel.
Over the years, Lady Washington has appeared in several motion pictures and television shows, including Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, Star Trek: Generations, Once Upon A Time, and Revolution.

SS Master

• Flag: Canada
• Homeport: Steveston, BC (Britannia Shipyards National Historic Site)
• LOA: 85’
• Beam: 19’6”
• Year Built: 1922

One of only a few remaining steam-powered tugboats the SS Master was constructed in 1922 at Beach Avenue Shipyard in False Creek. Designed and built by renowned tugboat builder Arthur Moscrop, the SS Master still operates with her original WW1 surplus steam engine. Throughout her life, the SS Master worked the waters of the Pacific Northwest towing logs and barges throughout the region. Retired and left for scrap in 1962, the SS Master was purchased for $500 and has since undergone extensive restorations.


• Flag: Canada
• Homeport: Steveston, BC (Britannia Shipyards National Historic Site)
• Rig: Gaff Ketch
• LOA: 80’
• Beam: 17’
• Draft: 9’
• Hull: Holz / Wood
• Year Built: 1903

Providence was built in 1903 as a North Sea anchor seiner by Nielson & Son of Frederikshavn, Denmark. In 1939, after several decades of active work fishing in the North Sea, she was chartered to the Danish Navy. From 1939 until 1976, Providence, struck from the civil registry and given the naval call sign Y340, served in the Danish Navy, German Navy and Danish Home Guard. In 1978, she was bought by Peter-Thor Watson and sailed to BC where she has lived and worked ever since. In early 2017, Providence was sold to Simon Fawkes and Danny Robertson who plan to work her in sail cargo and as a charter in the Salish Sea and along the West Coast.

River Queen

• Flag: Canada
• Homeport: Steveston, BC
• Rig: Ex-Lifeboat
• LOA: 30’
• Beam: 10’
• Draft: 2’6”
• Hull: Fiberglass
• Year Built: 1965

The River Queen is a 65 passenger ex-lifeboat which has been converted over to a passenger day tour boat. It operates during the summer months from Fisherman’s Wharf in Steveston. The 45-minute tour is a leisurely and fascinating historical and nature themed voyage of Steveston and cannery channel.

During the festival the River Queen will have
free 10-minute cruises

departing from the dock in Zone 4 every 15 minutes.
These cruises are weather dependent.

Delta Lifeboat

• Flag: Canada
• Homeport: Delta, BC
• LOA: 52’
• Draft: 5’
• Year Built: 1944

The Delta Lifeboat was built in Pearl Harbour in 1944. She operates out of Ladner under the flag of the Canadian Lifeboat Institution (CLI) and the City of Delta. The CLI is a Search and Rescue organization whose main objective is to patrol during certain fisheries and other events and to prevent accidents at sea. We are a search and rescue partner working together with professionals and other volunteers to save lives at sea.
The CLI dedicates much of its service conducting safety patrols especially during herring and salmon fisheries to ensure assistance is always close at hand. The all-volunteer crew continue to provide search and rescue services in the Gulf of Georgia and Fraser Estuary. As of today over 890 marine incidents have been handled by the “Delta Lifeboat”.

Messenger III

Year Built: 1946
Flag: Canadian
LOA: 50’
Beam: 13’
Homeport: Victoria, BC

Messenger III served from 1946 to 1968 as a missionary vessel for the Shantymen’s Christian Association, a non-denominational Christian society dedicated to bringing medical and spiritual comfort to isolated areas of the West Coast of Vancouver Island, the Queen Charlotte Islands and the Northern waters of British Columbia. Today she and her rich history are preserved by her current owner Captain Bill Noon.


Year built: 1938
Flag: Canada
LOA: 33’
Beam: 10’
Homeport: Ladysmith, BC

The Saravan tug boat was built in 1938 for Harry Van Froome and named for his wife, Sara. In 1988 the boat was donated to the Ladysmith Maritime Society and refurbishment by volunteers and trainees continued until 1991.
For many years, the Saravan was used by LMS as a passenger vessel for harbour tours, however was retired in 2009. For the next two years, LMS volunteers again worked to restore the Saravan to her original glory. Great attention was paid to historical detail, for example, obtaining and using authentic old brass from a Vancouver foundry. Some of the work included rewiring, building a new stern, replacing planks, making new deck planks, replacing caulking, removing varnish, installing the tow post, a new bronze propeller and a host of finishing work.

Cape Ross

Year built: 1952
Flag: U.S.
LOA: 67’
Beam: 15’ 7”
Homeport: Seattle, WA

The Cape Ross was built at Sterling Shipyards in 1952 by the Canadian Fishing Company as a table seine boat and was later modernized to a drum seiner. Originally based out of Alert Bay, she was later transferred to the Kitimat – Prince Rupert areas and fished salmon and herring along the entire B.C. Coast. She was retired from Canadian Fishing Company in 1999.


Year built: 1934
Flag: U.S.
LOA: 85’
Beam: 17.8’
Home Port: Port Hadlock

Sea Dragon

Year Built: 1982
LOA: 27’
Beam: 9.2’
Home Port: Richmond, BC

This sailboat is owned by the Sea Dragon Sea Scouts.

Jimmy Ng

Year built: 2004
Flag: Canada
LOA: 28’
Homeport: Steveston, BC

This boat is named after fallen RCMP officer Jimmy Ng, who volunteered with the Royal Canadian Marine Search and Rescue (RCMSAR) in his hometown of Richmond. With a top speed of 39 knots, RCMSAR volunteers crew this vessel when responding to distress situations in the Fraser River and the Strait of Georgia. Members go through extensive training before they qualify as Search and Rescue (SAR) crew. In addition, the volunteer organization contributes hundreds of hours annually in support of boating safety in the community. RCMSAR Richmond Station 10 leverages two dedicated response vessels (DRV) that are considered Fast Response Craft (FRC). Both are Rigid Hull Inflatable Boats (RHIB) designed to taken on the environment, keep our volunteers safe, and bring those in trouble home.

B.R. Hastings

Year built: 2005
Flag: Canada
LOA: 32’
Draft: 3’
Homeport: Steveston, BC

This boat is named after long time Royal Canadian Marine Search (RCMSAR) and Rescue Richmond Search and Rescue volunteer Barry Hastings. With a top speed of 39 knots, RCMSAR volunteers crew this vessel when responding to distress situations in the Fraser River and the Strait of Georgia. RCMSAR Richmond Station 10 leverages two dedicated response vessels (DRV) that are considered Fast Response Craft (FRC). Both are Rigid Hull Inflatable Boats (RHIB) designed to taken on the environment, keep our volunteers safe, and bring those in trouble home.

CCGS Moytel

Year Built: 2013
Flag: Canadian
LOA: 93.5’
Beam: 40’
Home Port: Sea Island, Richmond

The name originates from Halq’emélem, the dialect of the Central Coast Salish people, meaning “to help each other”.


Year Built: 1985
Flag: Canadian
LOA: 92’
Beam: 22’
Home Port: New Westminster

The 100-passenger Paddlewheeler the M.V. Native is an authentic replica of a paddlewheeler, or sternwheeler that plied the Fraser River in British Columbia from 1863 until 1921. Carrying everyone from pioneers, fur traders, gold rush miners, and family passengers from the communities along the Fraser River, these working boats were vital connections between B.C. communities and peoples along the Fraser River.

Merry Chase

Year Built: 1929
Flag: Canadian
LOA: 61’
Beam: 16’
Home Port: Vancouver, BC

The Merry Chase is a seiner from the WWII era. She started life under the ownership of Canadians of Japanese descent and was built in 1929 at Steveston BC by Nakade Boat Works.
In 1942, the vessel would be seized under the War Measures Act and ownership was transferred to His Majesty the King and was commissioned into the Royal Canadian Navy Fisherman’s Reserve. During her career, this vessel served as a Naval Patrol Vessel and Calibration Vessel, and later as tender to HMCS Chatham and later HMCS Givenchy.

Double Eagle

Year Built: 1948
Flag: Canadian
LOA: 60’
Beam: 17,8’
Home Port: Vancouver

Double Eagle was designed by J. Barnes Lusby and was the last of the custom yachts built by the M. M. Davis & Son yard on Solomon Island, Chesapeake Bay. She was commissioned by George Marshall Jones Jr., a prominent member of Massachusetts society and a direct descendant of John Alden of the Mayflower. Following completion, she was launched as Jupiter and she can be found listed in many New England maritime publications and in the book “Last Generation” a history of the Chesapeake Bay shipbuilding family Davis and Sons by Geoffrey Footner. Jones and his extended family cruised the yacht for nearly 30 years. After that she changed hands a few times, making her way down to Texas and through the Panama Canal and finally up to San Diego, California. It was there that we found her and brought her up to her new home port of Vancouver, British Columbia.