The Maritime Museum of British Columbia awards Beaver Medals to naval architect, maritime lawyer and entrepreneur
October 23, 2012 – The Maritime Museum of British Columbia will award its new S.S. Beaver Medal for Maritime Excellence to naval architect Robert G. Allan, maritime lawyer Peter G. Bernard QC, and marine industrialist Dennis Washington, who have each made major contributions to British Columbia’s marine sector. A special award will also be given to MV Coho, the iconic vessel operated by the Black Ball Ferry Line which has connected Vancouver Island and the State of Washington for over five decades The medals will be presented at an awards luncheon in Vancouver on November 20, 2012.
“We are most pleased to award the S.S. Beaver Medal to these outstanding contributors to our vital provincial oceans sector,” says RCN Commodore (Ret’d) Jan Drent, who chaired the awards committee for the Maritime Museum of B.C. “These three are worthy recipients to receive a medal crafted from an iconic ship.”
This is the first year that the Maritime Museum of B.C. has awarded the S.S. Beaver Medals, struck from copper and other materials salvaged from the 1954 wreck of the S.S. Beaver, the first steamship on the West Coast. Built in Britain for the Hudson’s Bay Company in 1835, Beaver worked British Columbia’s coastal waters for 53 eventful years. She rounded a stormy Cape Horn in 1843 on her way to Vancouver Island, transporting the Hudson’s Bay Company, where they established a trading post in what became Victoria.
The medal awards committee was pleased to receive many nominations for outstanding contributors to our marine environment. The committee which chose this year’s winners included Capt. Stephen Brown, President BC Chamber of Shipping; RCN Commodore (Ret’d) Jan Drent; Dr. Barry Gough, marine historian; Don Krusel, CEO Prince Rupert Port Authority; Vija Poruks, Assistant Commissioner, Pacific Region Canadian Coast Guard; Capt. Jamie Marshall, VP Operations BC Ferries; and Dr. Marianne Scott, marine journalist.
“These medals underline not only our Province’s vivid maritime history,” says Commodore Drent, “but also highlight the continuing economic importance of British Columbia’s maritime sector.”
More information about the Beaver Medal luncheon is available at www.mmbc.bc.ca