Collins Family fonds [textual records, graphic materials, electronic records, objects, multiple media]

Supplied title note
Title based on the name of the creator of the records.
Fonds number
Physical description
65 cm of textual records and other materials.
Physical description note
1 cassette tape;2 flags;ca. 250 photographs;ca. 30 slides : col.;2 floppy disks ; 3.5"
Administrative history / Biographical sketch

The Collins family is a family with longstanding ties to the mariner world. The oldest records begin with John Campbell Stewart, born in 1861 who served as an apprentice with the Aberdeen White Star Line and eventually was appointed Master of the SF Tolmie. His son, Eustace Frederick Collins, born in 1881 continued the tradition by joining his first ship, Amy Troop as an apprentice at age 13. In 1922 he joined the as First Mate and met his soon-to-be wife, the daughter of Captain John Campbell Stewart, Elizabeth Stewart. Together they had three children, including Frederick Stewart Collins who was born in 1926. Frederick Stewart Collins joined his first ship, the Prince George at age 15. Like his family before him he continued various works on and around the water. In addition, he had an avid interest in genealogy and performed a lot of research regarding his predecessors. Janet Collins, his daughter, contributed with her career as a writer with several research projects and articles on coastal landmarks and activities. More information on each family member can be found at the series level.

Scope & content

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 scrapbook by Frederick Collins of newspaper clippings related to his career at Vancouver Tug Boat Company, travel postcards, one logbook for the SS Prince John, and ship photographs for La Belle, La Brise, La Porte, La Force, Prince George, Princess Louise, and Kingsley. Also included are two family photograph albums: one depicting a trip to Whitehorse/Alaska region and the other a scrapbook containing family photographs (events and people identified) and photographs of vessels that members of the Collins family served on, including: SF Tolmie, Chris Moller, Dreadful, Monteagle, Westview Park, and Camosun. The fonds also contains two flags from Seaspan.

In a second accrual, the fonds has been expanded to include items relating to John Campbell Stewart's maritime career and life as well as Eustace Frederick Collins' career and life as researched and compiled by Frederick Stewart Collins and his daughter, Janet Collins in the course of their genealogical interests. It includes several certificates of competency, membership, birth, and marriage as well as notes and handwritten and typed short biographies of the various family members. Additionally, there are two floppy disks with short biographies in WordPerfect files (printed for reference), newspaper clippings, and hundreds of photographs, negatives, and slides depicting the family, various travels, vessels, and crew members.


Records arranged by the Archivist. Because the records appear to have been arranged by Janet Collins, or another family member, for genealogical research purposes and according to the careers of each member (John, Eustace, and Frederick), and therefore do not necessarily reflect the records' creator, the decision was made to “re-arrange” the fonds into distinct series by family member. Original order for files was kept where appropriate.

Loose photographs were separated out into their own series.

Related materials
See VMM ship reference files for specific vessels noted in fonds.