A cloudy day in Comox

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A cloudy fall day at the Comox Marina

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YTL 435

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This 422 Class District Harbor Tug, Small was laid down in 1943, at Bellingham Iron Works, Bellingham, WA. She was delivered and placed in service as YT-435 in the 12th Naval District, Navy Yard Mare Island in 1944, Vallejo, California. She was later redesignated as YTL-435.

YTL-435 was struck from the US Naval Register in 1979. In 2015 she was renamed to Progressive (III).

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Red Sky I

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Red Sky I at Fisherman’s Wharf in Comox

Red Sky I (ex Paramount) was built at Sorel in 1962 as Linda Luc, and later rebuilt in 1972 at Vancouver. From 1975-1995 she was owned by British Columbia Packers Ltd., and is currently owned by the Red Rooster Fishing Company.

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Big boat, little boat – Bowen Queen

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Bowen Queen crossing Georgia Strait

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Georgina Point light

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Georgina Point Light, Mayne Island, Gulf Islands National Park

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Stone Butter Church

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Stone Butter Church – Comiaken Hill

In the 1870 Roman Catholic missionaries were intent bringing the local Cowichan Indian communities into their flock. Father Peter Rondeault, a missionary to the Cowichan Indians, decided to build a church for the Cowichan Indians.

The stone church was constructed on Comiaken Hill, using money collected from the sale of the butter churned from the milk of Father Rondeault’s cows to pay the Cowichan Indians that worked on the church, hence the name “The Butter Church”. Services were held in the church for ten years, 1870 to 1880.

While Father Rondeault’s church was solidly built it was on rather shaky ground as title to the property had not been obtained. A verbal agreement between the Cowichan tribe and Father Rondeault authorizing the construction of the church on Indian land was not sufficient for the Bishop Demers, and he ordered that a new church be built on land with clear title.

The congregation moved into the newly built St. Ann’s Church at Tzouhalem, the stone church was deconsecrated, and then fell into disrepair shortly after the doors and the beautiful stained glass windows were removed and installed in St. Paul’s Church on Saltspring Island.

Repairs were attempted in 1922, in 1958, and in 1980 the church was rebuilt as a cultural centre, but again rapidly reverted to a vandalized shell of a former church.

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Ocean Warrior

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Ocean Warrior at the Ladysmith Marina

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Porlier Princess and Sun Dog

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Porlier Princess and Sun Dog at Ladysmith Marina

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Blaze

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The fishing boat Blaze at Ladysmith Marina

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Ny-Borg

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Ny-Borg at Ladysmith Marina

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