Fonds 008.031.0002-0004; 008.048.0001-0023 - Mitchell & McTaggart Fonds

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Mitchell & McTaggart Fonds

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CA MMBC 008.031.0002-0004; 008.048.0001-0023

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  • 1918-1999 (Creation)

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5 v. -- 1 vhs. -- 13 ship plans. -- 7 magazines. -- 3 cm of textual records.

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Mitchell, Joe

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McTaggart, Carolyn

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Fonds consists of ship plans and assorted documents and memorabilia relating to British Columbia shipbuilders, dating from 1918 to 1999.

2. Victoria Machinery Depot Limited magazine detailing the building of SEDCO 135F, a semi-submersible oil drilling vessel built between 1965 and 1967
3. Yarrows Limited magazine regarding ship building, ship repairs, and industrial fabrication
4. Yarrows Limited plastic folder cover.

1. VHS titled “The Legend of Gunpowder Gertie: Pirate Queen of the Kootenays”, 1999; and typed history of Gunpowder Gertie
2. Tyrant Queen ship plan (missing)
3. Dockmasters log book for Point Hope Dockings, dating from 1 January 1966 to 1 September 1969
4. C.J. Hendry Co. complete marine, hardware, and fishermen’s supplies catalogue, 1945
5. Two Yarrows Limited cost of docking, cleaning, and painting in the Esquimalt dry dock ledgers, one blank, one with one page filled out
6. Master check list appendix to form DDP 408 time-schedule and man-hour estimates DDE 261-64. Published by the Department of Defence shipbuilding branch, dated 1 February 1965
7. Versatile Pacific Shipyards Inc. cost accounts with memorandum introducing the associated documents dated 17 May 1989
8. April 1987 issue of Victoria’s Marine Magazine (in the format of a newspaper)
9. 11 January 1919 issue of The Foundation Shipyard Savings magazine/newspaper and a photocopy.
10. Photocopy of a typewritten historical account titled “The Historical Background of Ship Building on the Point Hope Shipyard Site”
11. Photocopy of book titled “Shipbuilding and Shipbuilders of British Columbia with Allied Industries”, edited by Aitken Tweedale, 1918
12. British Columbia Toll Authority Ferry System, Vancouver-Victoria schedule effective 15 June 1960.
13. Point Hope Shipyard Company Limited folder containing information and history of the Esquimalt Graving Dock facility and a photocopy of an informational booklet
14. Bound book of lesson plans for Royal Canadian Navy ship builder apprentice
15. Three blueprints for M/V Lady Sylvia and M/V Lady Rose
16. Blueprint for TSMV Princess of Vancouver, printed on canvas
17. Burrard Yarrows Corporation Estimation and analysis of Navy shipbuilding program disruption costs, authored by Captain Colin Hammon and Dr. David R. Graham, Center for Naval Analyses, 1984
18. B.C. Ferries promotional magazine described as “a complete pictorial study of B.C.’s Ferry Fleet including sea and land maps)
19. Yarrows Limited promotional magazine titled “Shipbuilding, Ship Repairs and Industrial Fabrication”
20. Victoria Machinery Depot Company Limited promotional magazine
21. Nine sheets of lined paper showing specs and sketches of different ships, all handwritten
22 - 23. Nine ship plans

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Donated by Joe Mitchell on 27 July 2008 and by Joe Mitchell and Carolyn McTaggart on 19 September 2008.


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  • English

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MMBC off-site storage.

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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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2 February 2018

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