• The Canadian Nautical Collection is a curated exhibit of images documenting all aspects of Canada and the sea. I define “the sea” in the broadest terms possible, from the prairie riverboats, to the umiak builders of the arctic, to the fortifications that defended our shores against naval attack.

    My fondest wish for this collection is that you will begin to imagine the lives of the people you meet here. Those who sailed the fishing boats of Conception Bay, or hauled nets through the ice of Lake Winnipeg. The city folk out on an excursion aboard the Bluebell to Toronto Island, or aboard the City of Edmonton on the North Saskatchewan. The keepers of the lonely light at Cape Beale, or the sailors of the HMCS Crescent. I hope that you enjoy this tour through the story of Canadians and the sea. I enjoy putting it together.

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    A Note on Sources:

    Over the past three decades I’ve studied the Canadian sea—living in, or visiting, most of Canada’s waterfronts. I have explored coastal villages, walked historic docks, and talked to the Canadians of the coast. I have amassed a large library of books about this subject, and studied in many of Canada’s libraries, museums, archives and historical societies. I am grateful to all of the experts who have offered me help and inspiration over the years.

    Yet in addition to original research, the stories behind the images in the Canadian Nautical Collection are often based upon the scholarship of others.

    In some cases I turn again and again to trusted sources—the books of Richard Tatley for the inland waterways of Ontario, the books of Robert Turner for the steam vessels of British Columbia. In other cases tidbits have been gleaned from old newspapers, or mentions in local histories. In recent years I’ve added a few trusted websites to my toolkit, such as the fantastic online resources offered by the Marine Museum of the Great Lakes at Kingston.

    It wouldn’t be possible to list all of my sources, though in time I hope to offer reading lists for those interested in learning more about Canadian nautical history.

    If you find inaccuracies on the site, please let me know. Either email me, or head over to our Facebook page and start a discussion.

    A Note on Copyright:

    The unique impressions of all images reproduced on this site are © Canadian Nautical Collection. The Canadian Nautical Collection deeply respects the copyright of those who create images, and we have gone to great lengths to determine the copyright status of each image in the collection. To the very best of our knowledge, there are no other known restrictions on reproduction or publication of images in this collection. However, in a collection of this size mistakes can be made. If you have knowledge concerning the copyright of any particular image, please contact me at admin@CanadianNauticalCollection.com.

    Bruce Wishart

    Prince Rupert, British Columbia