Fonds 985.086.0001-0022, 986.039-986.040, 988.284.0001-0010 - Seaspan International Fonds

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Seaspan International Fonds

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CA MMBC 985.086.0001-0022, 986.039-986.040, 988.284.0001-0010

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  • 1922-1979 (Creation)

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14 blueprints. -- 50 photographs. -- 7 v. -- 18.5 cm of textual records.

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Seaspan International Limited (1971 -)

Administrative history

Vancouver-based towboat operator created through merger of Island Tug and Barge and Vancouver Tugboat Company. The company has since absorbed other smaller towboat companies. It is a part of the Seaspan Corporation.

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  • Ship plans, correspondence, Lloyd’s register of shipping load, shipping, and surveyor’s certificates related to Island Tug & Barge vessels M/V Comet, M/V Island Forester and M/V Island Cedar, as well as a cost of building report and assorted certificates for SS Conchita.
  • Correspondence, reports, and certificates related to William Beardmore & Company Limited, Victoria Machinery Depot Company Limited, Yarrows Limited, and the Department of Marine and Fisheries dating from 1922 to 1956 and 1979,
  • Certificates for ship’s lanterns from the Netherlands Meteorological institute, in Dutch, dated 1924, and certificates of tonnage from the United States of Venezuela.


  • Time sheets dating from August 1947 to December 1956,
  • Motor Princess valve cage charts dated 1946 to 1948 (have been ripped in half and taped back together)
  • Blank envelopes and forms from Island Tug & Barge,
  • Booklet of engineering tables and plans titled "I.T.-4.",
  • 1962 marine digest,
  • Salvage agreement,
  • Loading specifications for log barges.


  • Quotation work sheets in alphabetical order which had been stored in a card catalogue style. Consists only of work sheets from 'A' to 'Mc',
  • 10 miscellaneous blueprints.


  • Fonds consists of documents, photographs, and blueprints relating to Seaspan engineering , TSS Conchita, and TSS Carlota. The documents include 3 copies of the stability investigation report from the Capsizing of Seaspan 921, two copies of a technical investigation and analysis report on the probable causes of capsize on 19 July 1974 of Seaspan 921, and statistical stability calculations from the capsizing,
  • loading scale sheets, calibration scales, transcript of register, load line certificate, and general correspondence dating from the 1960s to the 1980s.

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Donated by Seaspan International Limited in several installments from 1985 to 1988.


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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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6 March 2018

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