Business As Usual in the Britannia Shipyards Office

Britannia Shipyards National Historic Site, near the mouth of the Fraser River has long been a place with people who could use their nautical know-how to carve out a living. The site operated as Britannia Cannery, and then was converted into a shipyard in 1917-1918 once the salmon stocks decreased after the Hells Gate landslide in 1912-1913. The shipyard mainly serviced the ABC Packing Company Fleet, repairing and maintaining its vessels. The Canadian Fishing Company purchased the shipyard in 1969 and then BC Packers bought it in 1979 and closed it down. There were managers, bookkeepers, foremen, shipwrights, machinists, mechanics, carpenters, welders, painters, general laborers, stockmen an

Tide Water Tales Ebb and Flow at Britannia Shipyards National Historic Site

Over the next several months, Artists Rendering Tales Collective Inc. (ARTCi) will be researching, documenting, performing and creating art with the public at the Britannia Shipyards National Historic Site located in beautiful Steveston, British Columbia. The residency, dubbed "Tide Water Tales" seeks to capture some of the little-known tales of Britannia while celebrating the community’s connection to and the impact of the Fraser River upon them. Through various kinds of art forms, ARTCi will explore the importance of place. Nestled on the banks of the Fraser River, Britannia Shipyards National Historic Site offers an authentic representation of a once thriving community of canneries, boaty

The Tide is In! ARTCi Launches "Tide Water Tales" at Britannia Shipyards National Heritage

“Tide Water Tales—Celebrating the Stories of Britannia Shipyards National Historic Site” What is our connection to the Fraser River? How have Indigenous, Japanese, Chinese, and European cultures overlapped on its local banks to fish, and build community and industries? What are their little-known stories and what legacies have they left on its muddy shores? Britannia Shipyards National Historic Site’s first Artist-In-Residency program in partnership with Public Art and Engaging Artists in Communities Program is featuring Artists Rendering Tales Collective Inc. (ARTCi) who are exploring multi-ethnic cultural stories through the theme of "Tide Water Tales." The ARTCi team features professiona

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