Fonds L1629, L1710, L2000, 985.092.0001-0007, 993.051.0001-0172, 997.047.0001-0002, 019.R.0021, 019.R.0067, 019.R.0070, 019.R.0092-0095 - Yarrows Shipbuilding Fonds

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Yarrows Shipbuilding Fonds

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CA MMBC L1629, L1710, L2000, 985.092.0001-0007, 993.051.0001-0172, 997.047.0001-0002, 019.R.0021, 019.R.0067, 019.R.0070, 019.R.0092-0095

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  • 1858-1914, 1916-1927, 1930-1931, 1935, 1938, 1940-1966 (Creation)

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8 v. -- 3 periodicals -- 3 blueprints -- 50.5 cm of textual records

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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 consist of financial records, docking records, and correspondence related to Yarrows Shipbuilding, Ltd, ranging from 1921 to 1926. Also includes a photo album taken by and for Yarrows. Also includes a ship plan reproduction for the HMS Wilde Goose, designed by John Lambert for Yarrow & company in the UK. FAlso contains periodicals, Seaports and the World, and blueprints built by Harbour Marine Co. Ltd. Also contains plans and drawings.

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Donated by Yarrows, Ltd., 20 December 1966, and in 1967.


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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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21 December 2018, revised 22 January 2019.

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