S.S. Beaver medal to recognize marine contributions in B.C.

Maritime Museum of B.C. in Victoria spearheading medal initiative

Jan Drent

Individuals making outstanding contributions to B.C.’s maritime sector may be eligible to receive a new medal, launched by the Maritime Museum of B.C. in Victoria.

“We think it’s a very suitable recognition for deserving individuals who make contributions in the marine field, and there isn’t anything like this (medal) right now,” said Jan Drent, museum past-president, who sits on the seven-member awards committee.

The museum issued a call for nominations last week for potential recipients of the S.S. Beaver Medal for Maritime Excellence. The first medal will be presented in the fall.

Each year, up to three gold-plated medals will be granted to individuals who have made significant achievements in B.C., in marine-related fields of science, technology, business, maritime skills, nautical heritage, culture and academia.

“We hope that this award will help draw attention to all of these (accomplishments) that are happening (in the marine sector),” Drent said.

It’s only fitting that the medals were designed with the image of the S.S. Beaver, the first steamship on the West Coast, he said. In fact, the batch of medals to be awarded by the museum was created using copper and other materials salvaged decades ago from the wreck of the vessel.

The ship, built in Britain in 1835 for the Hudson’s Bay Company, helped shape Victoria.

“The Beaver was used as sort of a floating trading post, and worked up and down the coast,” Drent said. It later came to Victoria in 1843, transporting James Douglas to the site he had chosen the previous year to build Fort Victoria.

The vessel later transported gold rush prospectors between Victoria and the Lower Mainland, and was used to conduct surveys of uncharted waters.

The Beaver was later used as a tug and transport vessel before she foundered on rocks at the entrance of Vancouver’s harbour in 1888.

For medal nomination forms, visit mmbc.bc.ca.

emccracken@vicnews.com

Just Posted

Hundreds of foreign species still washing up on B.C. coast, eight years after tsunami

The Royal BC Museum is home to thousands of samples collected along the west coast of North America

Victoria first Canadian city to join United Nations tree planting challenge

The City of Victoria pledges to plant 5,000 trees by the end of 2020

Car drives into Vic West TD Canada Trust building

No one was injured, building damaged

VIDEO: Grizzly bears fight along northern B.C. highway in rare footage

Cari McGillivray posted the head-turning video, shot near Stewart, B.C., to social media

Handgun crackdown, health spending and transit plans latest campaign promises

Friday was the end of a busy week on the campaign trail

B.C. woman photographs massive ant swarm on Abbotsford driveway

She asked what the ants were doing? The answer: war

Police arrest B.C. phone scammer linked to illegal call centres in India

Person arrested in Burnaby here on a work visa, says police

Air Canada forced girl, 12, to remove hijab: civil rights group

The San Francisco Bay Area office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations calling for change

Man from Winnipeg who was hiking alone found dead in Banff National Park

RCMP say the man was hiking alone on Mount Temple Thursday

Resident finds loaded shotgun inside a duffle bag in Kelowna alleyway

RCMP seized a loaded 12-gauge shotgun, ammunition, clothing and other items

Graffiti, calls and Snapchat: RCMP probe string of threats targeting Kamloops schools

There have been nine different threats made to four different schools in the city

B.C. truck drivers to face higher fines for not using winter tire chains

As of Oct. 1, not using chains on the highway when required could net you a $598 ticket

Most Read