JOIN THE MARITIME MUSEUM OF BC FOR THE LAUNCH OF THE FEATURED WINTER 2019 EXHIBIT, THE LOST FLEET!
The Lost Fleetlooks at the world of the Japanese-Canadian fishermen in BC and how deep-seated racism played a major role in the seizure, and sale, of Japanese-Canadian property and the internment of an entire people. This special event explores the legacy of these tragic events by considering the lessons that have been learned and how Canadian society has changed because of this experience.
This launch event features speaker presentations fromDr. Jordan Stanger-Ross, Associate Professor at the University of Victoria and Project Director of the Landscapes of Injustice,Michael Abe, Project Manager of Landscapes of Injustice,Dr. David Suzuki, environmentalist with personal connection to the forced internment of Japanese-Canadians, and special guest,Marlene Howell, the Maritime Museum of BC Artist-in-Residence (January to March, 2019).
Limited seats are available, so be sure to reserve your tickets today! *Note: A physical copy of your ticket will be available for pickup at the Museum.
JANUARY 24, 2019
MARITIME MUSEUM OF BC, 634 HUMBOLDT STREET, VICTORIA BC
DOORS OPEN AT 6:30PM | TALKS START AT 7:30 PM
Reception to follow at the Maritime Museum of BC. Cash bar will be open before and after the talks.
Join the Museum for a drink and discussion on our unique maritime heritage, culture, and environment! Each month features a new speaker and topic.
THIS MONTH'S SPEAKER: PEGGY HERRING, JANUARY 31
1808 Shipwreck, St. Nikolai
The Pacific Northwest Coast is littered with the remains of shipwrecks that together tell a story of exploration, discovery, resource-extraction, and conquest that’s spanned hundreds of years. One of those is the 1808 wreck of the Russian brig, the St. Nikolai. After it ran aground on Washington state’s Olympic Peninsula, near La Push, the 22 Russians on board were forced to shore, and for one-and-a-half years, were taken in by the Indigenous people of the Makah, Quileute and Hoh nations. Among those Russians was eighteen-year-old Anna Petrovna Bulygina who was the wife of the ship’s navigator.
Drawn to Anna’s story and the possibilities it presented for exploring contemporary issues, novelist Peggy Herring spent years researching the historical record of this event and late 18thcentury Russian imperialism on the coast, as well as consulting with Indigenous communities to write a book that recounts the story of the St. Nikolai wreck through Anna’s eyes. During her presentation, Peggy will show images and discuss her research, the historical implications of the shipwreck, and position the events of this episode alongside other better-known history of the region. She will also talk about her research and writing process which will be of interest to readers, writers and aspiring writers of historical fiction and non-fiction.
ABOUT THE SPEAKER
Peggy Herring is the author of the novelsAnna, Like Thunder(2018) andThis Innocent Corner(2010). Her award-winning short fiction appears in literary journals and anthologies in Canada and India. She’s lived in India, Bangladesh, Nepal, England, and Japan, working as a radio and print journalist, editor, international development consultant and volunteer, documentary film writer, and teacher. Before her time overseas, she was a producer and broadcaster for CBC Radio in Newfoundland and British Columbia. She now lives with her family in Victoria, BC. For more information: www.peggyherring.ca.
For the past two years researchers at the Maritime Museum of British Columbia have been searching historical records and interviewing descendants about the individuals who lost their lives on board the coastal liner SS Princess Sophia. This book pays tribute to these many men, women and children who died so suddenly as a result of the tragic sinking. The loss of so many passengers and crew left behind a cascading array of shattered lives, missed opportunities and broken dreams.
The book documents the story about the ship; biographies of the people; the impact on Yukon River sternwheelers; the lone survivor; and prophetic last poems by one of the ship's passengers.
Published in Canada by: The Maritime Museum of British Columbia Society
SS Princess Sophia Memorial Fund
All profits from the sale of this book are being used to support the delivery of educational programs by the Maritime Museum of British Columbia. Anyone interested in donating to this fund may do so by contacting the Museum.