S.S. Master Society fonds [textual records, electronic records, graphic materials] / SS Master Society

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Title based on provenance of fonds.
Fonds number
Physical description
38 cm of multiple media
Physical description note
48 bound logbooks; 161 photographs; 2 compact discs
Administrative history / Biographical sketch

In 1962 the Vancouver branch of the World Ship Society purchased the SS Master, the last surviving steam powered tugboat built in British Columbia in 1922. In April 1971, the World Ship Society, finding it increasingly difficult under its charter to maintain the Master, turned her over to a newly formed group called the Society for the Preservation of the Steam Towboat Master, a volunteer group dedicated for the sole purpose of preserving the vessel. In May, 1985, the name was changed to the S.S. Master Society. Since the 1980s, the S.S. Master Society has received funding from individuals, corporations, local municipal government, and several federal government programs to aid in her restoration, upkeep, and participation in maritime festivals. The SS Master serves as a tribute to the tugboat industry on Canada’s West Coast and was at one time one of the distinct vessels anchored in the Vancouver Maritime Museum’s Heritage Harbour.

The S.S. Master Society maintains a website with photographs, a calendar of SS Master events, historical facts, and membership information. As of 2017, the website can be found at www.ssmaster.org

Scope & content
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 hours; publications and media releases; newspaper clippings. The fonds also includes pilot house logbooks from the SS Master dating 1940-1959 that chronicle her activities while towing for Marpole Towing Company Limited.

The records were processed in May 2005 by Lisa Beitel, a professional Archivist, on request of the S.S. Master Society. A second accrual of records was processed in March 2006. The records have been arranged by subject into series. Within each series, records have been arranged chronologically in order to facilitate the removal of duplicate reports and printed materials.

Related materials
Photographs, negatives, and slides of the SS Master can be found in the Vancouver Maritime Museum photograph collection.
Related people
SS Master Society
Related vessels
SS Master
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