Fonds 984.033.0001-0007, 0010.1-29 - A. Gilles Fonds

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A. Gilles Fonds

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CA MMBC 984.033.0001-0007, 0010.1-29

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  • 1914-1944 (Creation)

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35 v. -- 1 sheet.

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Yarrows Shipbuilding Limited (1914 - 1995)

Administrative history

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 map of Esquimalt Harbour, dated 1915 in pencil on reverse, printed on blueprint paper
  • A 1917 diary and almanac,
  • A 1929 journal,
  • A 1940 record book,
  • A book of Yarrows Limited estimate sheets,
  • A memorandum of agreement between Yarrows Limited and The Canadian Pacific Railway,
  • A binder containing alphabetical list of jobs
  • Thirty estimate work books from Yarrows Ltd. dating from 1914 to 1944.

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Physical condition

1917 almanac is in very poor condition. Recommend for digitization and disposal.

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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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28 March 2018

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