Captain Lloyd H. Fuerst fonds [graphic materials]

Fonds number
VMM73
Physical description
404 negatives : b&w & col.
Administrative history / Biographical sketch
Lloyd Herbert Fuerst was born in Ebenezer, Saskatchewan, on October 8th, 1922. His father, Reinhold Adolf F├╝rstenberg, a captain, was killed on the boats in 1934. Lloyd and his brothers Boyd Fuerst and Ronald Fuerst started their very young lives working on the local waterfront at the foot of Victoria Drive in East Vancouver.
Lloyd attended Templeton Secondary School and excelled in woodworking and math. He was too young for combat in World War II, and instead was in charge of the "Mail Tug" on the B.C. coast at the age of 16. In 1947, he met and married Clara. Duri the 1950s, he worked on man private and commercial fishing vessels. He played baseball at Empire Stadium with the Hastings Merchants. He tried to deep-sea dive, but had a very bad sinus problem and could not continue. Throughout these years, he continually took photographs.
Lloyd became a tug boat captain in 1968, continuing his career with McKenzie Barge & Derrick, working for his friends Bob and Brian McKenzie. He began on a tug called the Hilda McKenzie and then continued on the Peggy McKenzie. In 1986, Lloyd and his daughter June were aboard the Peggy McKenzie, taking up the rear of the firework barge on May 2nd, the opening night of Expo '86. According to June, it was a wonderful and memorable event, as they were visited that evening by Prince Charles and Princess Diana. Lloyd received a "Thank you for your services" plaque from W.C. Bennet, Premier. Lloyd retired in 1987.
After his retirement, many of Lloyd's friends and coworkers would bring him out on the tug for the day to continue his photography hobby. He passed away on October 4th, 1991. His ashes were scattered in the water 20 miles off the coast of Point Atkinson: Captain's Grave.
Scope & content
Collection consists of photo negatives taken by Fuerst throughout his life and maritime career. The images largely depict ships on the water. All images were taken by Captain Lloyd H. Fuerst.

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