Concerned for safety of artifacts, donation goes to roofing project.
Maritime Centre Pier – Cowichan bay Village
An organization you may never have heard of has come forward with a large donation for the Cowichan Bay Maritime Centre.
Captain Terry Stuart, who presented the cheque to incoming Centre President Chris Banner on behalf of The British Columbia Supercargoes’ Association said the move was primarily initiated by a concern over the safety of historical artifacts.
He is quoted in a short article in the Cowichan News Leader as having said; “We were concerned that your valuable artifacts in the pods and pavilion might be jeopardized, so this donation is toward your roofing fund.”
There’s a new vessel in the harbour at Pier 66 this week. Well…. It’s not exactly a new vessel in the true sense. It’s probably not even new to Cowichan Bay.
No, Roche Cove has been around for quite a while, and probably seen about all of this coast at one time or another.
She’s a small wooden tug, named for a place to be found near the town of Sooke BC. That’s the same place my own little boat is originally from, and so a bit of investigation was in order.
Remembrance day came on November 9th for me this year. I know it’s actually today that we pause a moment to think of our veterans, those men and women who who served in our military, but by chance I had the experience a few days early.
One of the things I particularly enjoy about the Internet, is the seemingly endless quantity and variety of 19th and 20th century film that’s available for viewing. Pick your subject, you shall find that someone, somewhere has made a short film of it.
From where I’m sitting, this is positive news.
In a letter which appeared in Sunday’s Cowichan News Leader Pictorial, Area Director Lori Iannidinardo made a statement clarifying her position on zoning issues related to the floating community in Cowichan Bay Village.
Ms Iannidinardo makes the following comments, amongst others in her letter;
“The waters of Cowichan Bay are important to all of us. These waters are experiencing impacts from a variety of sources, including upland and road runoff.
Cowichan Bay Village, House painting in a dignified setting.
CVRD, Residents in Concert.
Area Director Iannidinardo Still Sounds Sour Notes.
The CVRD wants to settle issues regarding zoning, Village float home owners and marina owners want to co-operate in that process, yet area director Lori Iannidinardo is indirectly quoted in a recent Cowichan News Leader Pictorial article saying:
Iannidinardo explained the sewage hook-up issue is a sore point among some residents claiming they should continue dumping into the eco-sensitive bay, despite upper-government rules.
“It’s an emotional issue, it’s their home; I get that but, we all have to take responsibility.”
by Chris Banner
Chris Banner rowing with his niece
I can hear my breath when I row into Cherry Point. I’ve worked hard against the southerly breeze, but I’ve enjoyed the slapping waves, the hull’s contented gurgle and the creak of the rowlocks. My ears hear the whistle of Eagles high in the trees, the croak of a startled Heron wading on the shore and the raucous rattle of the Kingfisher, darting from tree to tree. I rest on my oars sheltered from the wind. My GPS informs me I didn’t exceed three knots, but as I turn and row from behind the marina’s breakwater, I feel the wind press the Acorn’s transom, push against my chest and tug at my hair.
SS Beaver and Dock Damaged
Early photos show damage to both Beaver and Dock.
(Click images for complete view)
The SS Beaver, occasionally referred to as “The Dominion’s Replacement”, dragged it’s anchor in a storm last night and appears to have struck the Assembly Wharf, now sitting with stern more or less buried in the pilings.
The extent of the damage is not yet known, but it appears that most of the wooden cladding has been pounded off the vessel, and that several of the dock pilings have been either pushed aside or snapped off. The Beaver, it should be remembered is a steel hulled vessel clad in wood so as to resemble an old time wooden ship.