Archival Fonds and Collections

To date, the Leonard G. McCann Archives includes 60 metres of processed fonds and collections related to vessels, shipping companies and maritime personalities. Brief summaries of the fonds and collections are included below with a link to their finding aids. As records are processed, new finding aids will be added.

The Vancouver Maritime Museum (VMM) Archives collection consists of archival records donated to the Vancouver Maritime Museum from a wide variety of sources over a period of sixty years since the museum opened. Some of the archival records were originally processed and filed as th...
The records in this research collection were created and received by three separate juridical entities carrying out three different administrative functions. Firstly, the research collection includes records created and received by the crew of the St. Roch and other members...
The collection consists of graphic material including photographic prints, negatives, and slides relating to the voyages of the St. Roch. Many of these images have been identified as copies procured by Parks Canada and the Vancouver Maritime Museum during their respective t...
The collection consists of a combination of materials relating to the Union Steamship Company of British Columbia that has been collected over the years by the Vancouver Maritime Museum as well as documents that have been donated to the museum by Gerald Rushton, author of two books on the company ti...
The Register of Seamen Shipped Ledger Collection consists of 47 volumes documenting the seamen who shipped out of the Port of Vancouver. The collection dates from 1898 to 1967 and is a unique record of merchant marine history. These large, hand-written ledgers include the name of ...
Records in this collection consist of materials related to the history of and preservation efforts for the Thomas F. Bayard. Records include correspondence, logbooks, reports, registry certificates, historical research on the vessel completed by John Crosse, survey reports ...
The fonds consists of records related to Robert G. Halford's research for his publication "The Unknown Navy: Canada's World War Two Merchant Navy". Records include correspondence and interview excerpts with crew members of merchant marine vessels, magazine articles, newspaper clip...
Records in the collection include correspondence and announcements about reunion events, reunion attendance books, personal reminisces of time spent in the Fishermen's Reserve, newspaper clippings and articles on the history of the reserve, and photographs of members and vessels t...
The collection consists of records relating to the daily operational activities of the Victoria Whaling Company and its successor, Consolidated Whaling Corporation Ltd. Records include correspondence sent and received by the whaling company with suppliers, other whaling companies,...
Records in this fonds consist of personal papers and correspondence related to Captain John Park's maritime career as a vessel Master and marine Pilot in the B.C. Coast Pilotage Authority. Also included are immigration papers for his wife Kate Park; family photographs; a guest boo...
The fonds consists of textual and graphic records created and received by Edward Swank during his private life and as a prominent member of British Columbia's maritime community. Included are photographs, negatives, personal correspondence, certificates, identification cards, serv...
The collection consists of Ex-Forestry Vessel Squadron Association documentation, such as textual records, photographs, personnel and vessel lists, reports regarding the physical condition of the Dean Ranger, logbook of the Dean Ranger, and newsletters. Collection a...
The collection consists of records related to the corporate history of the Kingsley Navigation Company and includes minutes and special resolutions from Director’s and Shareholders’ meetings; lists of shareholders and directors; contracts and stock certificates; correspondence by ...
Collection consists of envelopes cacheted (stamped or imprinted) with the names and logos of ships in the Canadian, British and American naval and maritime service collected by John M. MacFarlane by sending requests to the various vessels and asking them reply using the envelopes ...
The collection consists of records related to Dr. Edward Worthington Connolly’s medical career. Records include medical notebooks and papers containing hand-written notes on pathology, pediatrics, and surgery and his hand-written “study books” on shorthand, French, Latin, chemistr...
Collection consists of correspondence, newspaper clippings, photographs, sketches, working papers, publicity materials, and promotional materials related to the creation of the Girl in Wetsuit sculpture located in Vancouver Harbour at Stanley Park. Also included are contrac...
The fonds consists of records related to William E. Darwell's maritime career with the Royal Navy until his retirement and includes maritime service records; his hand-written logbook while serving on the HMS Ganges in Esquimalt (1859-1861); and newspaper clippings and recor...
The fonds consists of records created by Norman Hacking during his private life and public life as a writer. The majority of the fond are textual records, but there are some photographs that document his childhood, family members and friends, and marine vessels. Included in the fo...
Collection consists of 782 negatives. The majority of the images display Stanley Park and the Vancouver waterfront. Additional images are of Mr. Littlebury's travels. Work on this collection is underway. Some photograph descriptions are missing or incomp...
Collection consists of textual records comprised of research notes, correspondence, and working papers related to the maritime research undertaken by Charles M. Defieux. Collection also contains newspaper clippings from The Vancouver Sun and excerpts of journal articles fro...
Records in this collection consist of technical reports and correspondence related to the construction and operation of the Ben Franklin/PX-15 during the Gulf Stream Mission in 1969. Also included are promotional materials including press kits; brochures; crew biographies; ...
Collection consists of textual and graphic materials related to the life and work of W. Carl Tyack, a member of the RCMP who supplied the St. Roch. The album depicts Tyack's personal and professional life. The collection also contains Tyack's obituary and 6 photos taken of the St. Roch...

The fonds consists of biographical information, writings, publications, minutes, memorandums, transcripts of interviews, correspondence, newspaper clippings, reports, research notes, reviews, press releases, maps, slides, and photographs. The fonds consist of 8 series.

Collection consists of records related to the research completed by Helen and Philip Akrigg for the publication British Columbia Place Names. Records include research notebooks, correspondence, newspaper clippings, copies of historical manuscripts, copies of maps depicting ...
The W.B. & M.H. Chung Maritime History Collection consists of archival records including pamphlets, newsletters, reports, notes, deck plans, cabin plans, menus, promotional brochures, newspaper articles, baggage tags, tickets, day programs, builder's plans, sailing schedules, ...
Records in the collection consist of personal papers belonging to Henry Larsen and related items accumulated by his family. Records include correspondence, newspaper clippings, a comic book, notice of medals and awards received by Larsen, a copy of the Life Magazine news article o...
Collection consists of records created by John Crosse, a local maritime historian. The records relate to his research and writings for numerous maritime-themed journal and newspaper articles as well as drafts of his self-published manuscripts: "Thermopylae"; "In the Wake of Narvae...
The fonds consists of textual records relating to the history, administration and restoration of the SS Master. Records include agendas, minutes and annual reports; correspondence; registration and insurance documents; licenses; financial papers and grant proposals; a logbook recording crew h...
The records in this fonds relate to Jensen’s research for the book "Saltwater Women at Work". She began her research in 1993, interviewing 110 women who had all earned their living working on boats or ships in British Columbi...

The fonds consists of six files of records related to Pat Wastell Norris's publication High Seas, High Risk: The Story of the Sudburys. Records include correspondence, research notes and chapter drafts, publishing correspondence, newspaper clippings and photographs.

Records in the fonds consist of research materials and photographs accumulated by Fred Rogers for use during dive trips and writing books about the history of local shipwrecks. The research materials consist of notebooks, scrapbooks, newspaper clippings (original and photocopies) ...
Fonds consists of records relating to maritime career of Captain Hugh D. Halkett. Records include personal papers, birth certificate and membership cards for various associations; maritime certificates; testimonials and references for Halkett's shipboard character; logbooks and jo...
Records in this collection include the personal papers, correspondence, and maritime service records of Alexander Spanos. A considerable portion of the collection is comprised of photographs (loose and in bound scrapbook albums) – both personal, depicting family members and Alexan...
The collection is comprised of records relating to the maritime careers of Charles F. Hayden Sr. and Charles F. Hayden Jr. and include maritime service records; correspondence sent and received by Charles Sr. and Jr. with family and friends while at sea; Canadian Pacific promotion...
The fonds consists of 23 files of records related to David Moore's career and interests as a naval architect. The records include employment records; certificates; working papers, drawings and correspondence related to design projects; publications; meeting minutes from society/bo...
Records in this collection include correspondence, a logbook, and the maritime service records of Patrick Joseph Hickey and his son, Richard Joseph Hickey.
The fonds consists of eleven files of records related to the Vancouver Outboard Motor Club and include bylaws; newspaper articles; financial reports; membership applications; correspondence; meeting minutes; club rosters; notices for social events and safety bulletins; photographs...
Fonds consists of records related to the local and international maritime careers of John Campbell Stewart, Eustace Frederick Collins, and Frederick Stewart Collins. Records include certificates of discharge, a merchant marine ID card, reference letters from shipping companies, a ...
The collection consists of original logbooks that document the day-to-day activities aboard various vessels that plied the Vancouver waterways and British Columbia coastline. The logbooks were maintained by crew members and recorded such events as crew activities, weather conditio...
Work on this collection is underway. Some features may be unavailable or non-functional. The collection consists of clippings, reports, ephemera, and other documents related to specific vessels (ships, tugs, etc.), primarily those active in Vancouver and t...
Collection consists of photograph albums that have been donated to the Vancouver Maritime Museum. The albums primarily contain images of ships and geographic locations. For more information, consult individual album descriptions. Work on this collection is underway. So...
Collection consists of 19 photographs (glass plate negatives) taken by Benjamin William Leeson. Images depict First Nations people, including the Quatsino, and Caucasian colonists taken circa 1894-1939 while Leeson was working as a customs official. Original image titles h...
Collection consists of over 100,000 images donated to the Vancouver Maritime Museum at various times. Often discrete items, but sometimes also whole collections, have been included. This collection is not completely catalogued. New files and items are c...
Work on this collection is underway. Some features may be unavailable or non-functional. This collection consists of nautical charts primarily produced by the British Admiralty, Canadian Hydrographic Office, US Hydrographic Office and other government organizations....

This collection was created by the Vancouver Maritime Museum. It consists of ship plans from various vessels. Work on this collection is underway. Some features may be unavailable or non-functional. Please consult the archivist for plans for a specific vessel.

The collection consists of five nautical charts, detailing the search for Franklin and one broadside for Captain Austin's expedition in search of Sir John Franklin.

The fonds consists of business correspondence; personal correspondence of Randi P. Nelson; several samples of vessel orders and their related records; financial and administrative records, such as, vessel orders, receipts, invoices, insurance papers, and tax records; newspaper cl...
This fonds consists of mostly financial records including: financial statements, balances, and accounts for the organization from 1941-1961; 3 ledger books filled with business accounts, employee information, and specific projects covering 1925-1955; tenders, which includes reques...
This fonds consists of 45 files of vessel plans, prospectuses and catalogues, building specifications, and some business correspondence gathered by S.C. Heal from 1964-1974 as part of a few of his shipping ventures, mostly under the names of Nordic Shipping Ltd. and Continental Oc...
This collection contains six lantern slides regarding Captain James Cook. Most appear to depict locations in England, most likely locations associated with Cook. The remainder of the collection consists of forty glass plate negatives, most likely gelatin dry plates. The majority o...
Collection consists of files organized alphabetically by vessel name or subject. The files were used by Vancouver Sun/Province reporters for reference while writing their stories. The files would have originally been created and maintained in the separate libraries of the two news...
Collection consists of 21 sepia photographs documenting John Duke's time on board the St. Roch.
Records in this collection are related to the personal activities and maritime career of Captain Robert Hobbs. Hobbs’ collection includes records that span from 1934 until 1937, and primarily pertains to Vancouver, Victoria, Puget Sound, and the Coastal waters of British Columbia. The first series o...
This collection consists primarily of interdepartmental correspondence and other organizational records created by the Pacific Coast branch of the Canadian National Steamships Company (CNSS). Records were created primarily between the 1920s and the 1970s, during the CNSS' years of...