Shipyard Memories #25: Harbour Ferries .... 25 Year Anniversary

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Blog entry by shipwright posted 06-12-2015 05:02 AM 2547 reads 0 times favorited 33 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I sold the Victoria Harbour Ferries in 2004 after fourteen years. (See blog segments 20 – 23) This year the “new” owners celebrated twenty-five years, 1990 to 2015. I was sent the following video of their celebration on the harbour. It features the ballet that I dreamed up back in 1993 with very few changes. It has become a regular feature on Sunday mornings all summer long in Victoria. It’s nice to see the business still flourishing.

Thanks for looking in


-- Paul M ..............the early bird may get the worm but it’s the second mouse that gets the cheese!

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#2 posted 06-12-2015 06:43 AM

Very nice video to see!

When the boats where dancing I definitely saw marquetry paterns in the water.


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#3 posted 06-12-2015 06:51 AM

Awesome show! Did you build all the boats Paul or have they added more? Those looks like nice tight maneuvers. Did they ever have any “bumps”?

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#4 posted 06-12-2015 07:30 AM

Mam o Man Paul that was pretty impressive I have to say, everything working together, the boats , the weather, the backdrop the routine, must have almost bought a tear to the eye, Tip of the hat to these guys :)
cheers mate

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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#5 posted 06-12-2015 09:17 AM

how cool for you to see your business is still going strong, the performance was really great, i enjoyed seeing the design of the waves the boats left, to bad there isnt a way to have different colors coming from the back side of the boats..i enjoyed it alot.

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#6 posted 06-12-2015 09:47 AM

Wow Paul, some truly awesome piloting there! I think your creativity knows no bounds. Who else would think of a boat ballet and pull it off so convincingly? As an afterthought, I would feel very safe using one of those ferries.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#7 posted 06-12-2015 11:16 AM

Wonderful performance!! How may boats are in the fleet? Did you build all of them?

-- John, Suffolk Virgina

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#8 posted 06-12-2015 01:28 PM

Awesome! You are some choreographer.

-- It always looks better when it's finished!

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#9 posted 06-12-2015 01:39 PM

Marquetry in motion: seamlessly fitting together so many little and intricate pieces of movement to create a lovely moving picture! I’ve been to beautiful Victoria a number of time, and of course have taken the little ferries around the harbour. The water ballet is wonderful. I’m sure it adds even more charm to one of the nicest cities I’ve visited in anywhere.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#10 posted 06-12-2015 01:42 PM

Wow! Paul, you are the renaissance man!

It was a fine vision to create that business – and the ballet really is a work of genius. Who’da thunk of something like that?


-- I intended to be a woodworker, but turned into a tool and lumber collector.

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#11 posted 06-12-2015 02:05 PM

Thanks for posting the video Paul. I hadn’t seen the previous entries in this series, so I was just treated to an hour or two of fine reading thanks to you. I appreciate you posting all this. I really enjoyed reading about your work.

-- Bailey F - Eastern Mass.

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#12 posted 06-12-2015 02:07 PM

That was really neat, Paul. Those little ferries are sure maneuverable!!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#13 posted 06-12-2015 03:00 PM

How could you not love the talent and skill involved. Thanks Paul.

-- PER Larry

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#14 posted 06-12-2015 03:04 PM

Great Paul. How big are they, looks like 25’ ? And what did you use for an Engine?


-- Thor and Odin are still the greatest of Gods.

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#15 posted 06-12-2015 03:05 PM

Must be a good feeling see a part of history that you created survive and prosper and hopefully have a great future for a long time .
I enjoyed the video very much and it got me thinking of the SNOWBIRDS our Canadian aerobatic airplane team


-- Kiefer

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