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About us

The Vancouver Branch of the World Ship Society is an independent British Columbia-registered organisation, whose goals include informing its members of local maritime events.  The Vancouver Branch is officially known as "The World Ship Society of British Columbia".

The Vancouver Branch produces a newsletter 10 times a year, which is one of the many benefits of membership.  We also hold about 10 meetings a year at the Vancouver Maritime Museum, with slide shows by members, video presentations or guest speakers.

Anyone with an interest in local maritime history is welcome to join the Vancouver Branch, but must first become a member of the International Society, based in the U.K.  For details of International membership check the webpages at http://worldshipsociety.org or contact the local Canadian Representative at glenn.smith@worldshipsocietyvan.ca

Guests are welcome to join us at one or two of our local meetings.  They are held on the 2nd Wednesday of each month, September to May only, in the "J. Torben Karlshoei Gallery" of the Vancouver Maritime Museum.  Starting time is 7:30 PM. (Please access the Gallery by the centre lobby doors.)  The Museum is located at 1905 Ogden Avenue, at the north foot of Chestnut Street, Kitsilano.  Ample parking is available, but please feed the parking meter first.  Most meetings are completed by 10:00 PM.

The 2011 Board of Directors of "The World Ship Society of British Columbia".  Photo by Robert Etchell.  Ref: WS10-0463.

The 2010 Board of Directors of "The World Ship Society of British Columbia".  Photo taken after Executive meeting, January 6, 2010.  From l to r -          Joan Thornley,      Neil England,      Ellen Ramsay,   Glenn Smith, Syd Heal, and Ray Warren.  Missing from photo is Cec. Woods (see inset).  Ref: WS09-0628.


This page is under construction.  We are gathering archive material from the very first day of incorporation, and much of this will be posted in due course.

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