July 12, 2019

Classic Boat FestivalClassic Boat Festival on Labour Day, photo courtesy of Tom Sztanek

The current exhibition is about The Great Pacific Garbage Patch, with new hours of operation. (Tuesday-Saturday, 10am-5pm).

The Great Pacific Garbage Patch is the largest accumulation of human-made debris and ocean plastic in the world.

It covers a surface area twice the size of Texas, and contains up to an estimated 3.6 trillion pieces. But did you know it’s not actually a “patch”? Or how about the fact that garbage is accumulating in five distinct areas of our oceans? And did you know that your laundry is likely contributing to the problem?

Visit the Maritime Museum of BC to learn more about marine debris and plastic in our oceans, including why it is exists and how it continues to grow. You’ll also learn about the efforts from people around the world who are working to better the situation, and even how you can make small changes in your daily life that can contribute to big changes for our oceans.

The Great Pacific Garbage Patch Exhibit is open from 10am-5pm, Tuesday-Saturday!

the Annual Classic Boat Festival coming up on Labour Day weekend

The Maritime Museum of BC is proud to host the Annual Classic Boat Festival in Victoria’s beautiful Inner Harbour!

Great Pacific Garbage PatchFor over 40 years, the Victoria Classic Boat Festival has showcased classic boats from all over the Pacific Northwest each Labour Day Weekend. Each year, approximately 10,000 visitors tour the docks and the boats on display. In 2017, the Maritime Museum of BC took over operations of the Festival, incorporating marine-related exhibitions and family-friendly programs into the weekend’s activities.

Join us on the docks this coming Labour Day Weekend, Friday, August 30 – Sunday, September 1 2019!

We also have an on-going Tea & Talks event that occurs every other Thursday:

Come on down to the Maritime Museum every other Thursday  at 2:30pm for Tea & Talks!

Museum volunteers, archival staff, and educators present unique artefacts from our collection, surrounded by discussions of maritime history and other seaworthy topics – all over a cup of tea and refreshments!

Great Pacific Garbage PatchThis program FREE with museum admission or membership!

Summer 2019 topics:
• July 18 –The Hudson’s Bay Company and the Fur trade
• August 1 –Indigenous Waterways of Haida Gwaii
• August 15 - For the Whales Stuck on a Dry Dock: Canadian Rum Running on the West Coast
• August 29 – Floating Food Forests – Is Kelp the New Kale?

Sailboat Under Cloudy Skies

By Joan Wenner, J.D.

Sailboat under cloudy sky by Bill Cox-Unsplash

Have you ever needed on-the-water assistance due to a mechanical breakdown, running aground, taking on water (perhaps from striking a submerged or floating object), having a mishap with another vessel, or have a medical emergency and the authorities are not near, but another mariner answers your mayday or perhaps observes your predicament. Another boater is in the vicinity, but will, or should, that person offer to help perhaps at his peril? What if you were that pleasure craft operator?

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John ArmstrongOur Canadian Yachting test team, John Armstong and Andy Adams, were at a Jeanneau media event called “Throttle Down” in St. Petersburg, Florida. The media event was held to highlight the Jeanneau Power Boat Line with the emphasis on their outboard models. 

The media event was scheduled to follow their Jeanneau dealer meetings, held earlier at Thunder Marine International in St. Petersburg. The Thunder Marine location is on the water and has a cooperative agreement with Jeanneau to host the full line of Jeanneau power boats in the water for dealer demonstration to their clients.

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ChicagoBy Mark Stevens

Photos by Sharon Matthews-Stevens


From my perspective on the observation deck of 360 Chicago in the John Hancock Building, I have an eagle’s-eye view of this Lake Michigan metropolis.

The city stretched out before us is a forest of concrete. Toward the lake – right below us – there’s a beach volleyball game in progress. White triangles crisscross Caribbean-blue waters in the distance. Sunday morning must be race day – just like home.

 

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