Fonds L1308 - E.R. Smith Fonds

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E.R. Smith Fonds

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1 magazine.

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Yarrows Shipbuilding Limited (1914 - 1995)

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Sir Alfred Yarrow, of Yarrow & Co. Shipbuilders in Scotland, purchased the B.C. Marine Railways Company in Esquimalt to create Yarrows Shipbuilding Ltd. Sir Alfred's son, Norman became Director in 1915 and Edward Izard, an Engineer trained at the parent firm in Scotland was the General Manager.

During WWII, Yarrows specialized in naval construction and produced 17 frigates. It expanded across Lang Cove in Esquimalt to create an additional building slip and fabrication shops at Munro Head. Yarrows was purchased by Burrard Drydock Company in 1946. Burrard Yarrows was purchased by Versatile Pacific in 1985. Versatile renamed the Esquimalt shipyard Yarrows Ltd. in 1991 when it sold its Vancouver assets but the shipyard closed in 1995.

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Fonds consists of a Yarrows Limited booklet/magazine detailing the story of past accomplishments and present facilities of Yarrows Ltd. using pictures and articles.

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Donated by Lieutenant E.R. Smith, 11 March 1954.


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  • English

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All requests for use must be made through the MMBC Research Request program ( Please note that fees may apply.

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RAD, July 2008 version. Canadian Council of Archives.


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21 February 2018

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