David I. Moore fonds [textual records, architectural drawings, graphic materials]

Supplied title note
Title based on the name of the creator of the records.
Fonds number
Physical description
0.66 meters of textual records, 12 photographs : b&w and col. ; 4x6" - 11x14", 42 books, 30 periodicals
Administrative history / Biographical sketch

David Ian Moore was born in Port Alberni, B.C. on November 3, 1919. He was raised for eleven years at the Bamfield Cable Station where his father was manager of the station. In his youth he was active in boat handling, sailing, competitive canoe racing, rowing and Sea Cadets. He graduated from the Halifax County Academy in Nova Scotia in 1936.

From 1936-1939 he was indentured as an Apprentice Shipwright at Messrs. J.I. Thornycroft, Southampton, England where he acquired a thorough knowledge of shipyard trades and boat building for such vessels as destroyers, diesel yachts, ferries, net layers, naval boats, launches and yacht tenders. In 1939 he attended University College, Southampton was granted a National Certificate in Naval Architecture. During this time he also received his Intermediate BSc in Mechanical Engineering from the University of London.

Moore's skills as a naval architect were used by the Royal Canadian Navy during WWII from 1942-1946. Moore joined the Royal Canadian Navy Reserve and was sent to Naval Headquarters in Vickers, Montreal as a Project Officer for the construction of frigates and tribal class destroyers. His duties included design change specifications and drawings, sea trials, stress and stability calculations. During his time in Ottawa he was one of the first six in the new Construction division of the RCN - "Order of the Rideau Canal". He had a series of naval postings overseas (London, Bath, Belfast) and in Canada (Ottawa, Montreal, Halifax, North Vancouver). Moore served as the Royal Canadian Navy liaison with the Royal Navy on several projects including the HMS Magnificent. At the end of his naval career, Moore has achieved the rank of Commander.

In 1964 Moore returned to the west coast and began a career in the design and construction of small craft and working boats. He designed aluminum seiners for BC Packers, ferries for Expo '86, Westminster pilot boats, BC Ferries passenger ferries, and a school water taxi for the Southern Gulf Islands. Moore was the resident Naval Architect and Shipyard Construction Overseer at Shore Boats in Richmond for 20 years.

David Moore was a Fellow of the Royal Institute of Naval Architecture, member in the Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers, member of the Royal Institution of Naval Architects. He also served as a Board member of the Vancouver Maritime Museum Society, the Thomas F. Bayard Society, the Gulf of Georgia Cannery Society, and the Britannia Heritage Shipyard Society.

Scope & content

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/board memberships; books and photographs. Periodicals in the fonds include various publications/journals/newsletters from the Institute of Naval Architects (UK); Shipbuilding and Shipping Record; Shipping Wonders of the World; and Ship and Boat Builder and Naval Architect.


Records arranged by Archivist. Books and periodicals in collection have been identified as "Donated by David I. Moore" and catalogued into the VMM Library collection database.

Related materials

For ship plans and other oversized drawings, as well as related artifacts included in the David I. Moore fonds, please consult the VMM Curator under accession number 2010.0005.

Related vessels
Thomas F. Bayard
LC Subject Headings
Naval architects