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Location DB > Canada > British Columbia > North Vancouver > Shipyard Crane
Shipyard Crane
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created by -Rio- on 1/14/2015 2:27 AM
last modified by Emperor Wang on 11/20/2023 12:42 AM
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This location has been labeled as Demolished, and therefore can be viewed by anyone.

 Basic Information
Type: Crane
Status: Demolished
Accessibility: Easy, if your name is Doc Brown and own a DeLorean time machine
Recommendation: worth the trip
 Physical Information
Victory Ship Way
North Vancouver, British Columbia
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  •  Hazards
  • rust
  • unsafe flooring
  • some of the steel is rusted out... be carefull
  •  Interesting Features

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  • fences
  • locked gates
  •  Historical Dates
    Built: 1906
    Closed: 0
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    The Wallace Shipyard opened in 1906 and grew into one of the most impressive industrial operations in western Canada. Alfred Wallace was the original shipyard owner / operator. The company changed names several times from Wallace Shipyards to Burrard Dry Dock, Burrard-Yarrows and finally Versatile Pacific Shipyards.

    The Shipyard’s productivity peaked during World War II when it became the largest employer of shipyard labour in B.C. During the war, it produced 109 of the 312 "Victory Ships" produced in Canada. Entire subdivisions were created in North Vancouver to house the workforce. The Shipyard’s contribution to the war effort was significant.

    Information and photos of the Shipyard during this period are available at Industry Canada's SchoolNet Digital Collections Program Site.

    Clarence Wallace served as B.C.’s first native born Lt. Governor from 1950 to 1955. Following World War II, ship building activities slowed and the ship repair industry became more prevalent. Ice breakers (including the Terry Fox) and super ferries were constructed during this time. The Wallace family sold the shipyard in 1971.

    With a surplus of shipyard facilities in B.C., the Versatile Pacific Shipyards closed in the early 1990s. The easterly portion of the site with the Panamax Drydock has continued to operate as the Vancouver Drydock Company.

    The westerly portion of the site has been vacant since the closure of the shipyard and is used primarily for movie filming. It is that vacant part of the old shipyard that is now being considered for redevelopment. The shipyard is identified as a Primary Heritage Site in the City of North Vancouver Heritage.
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     Future Plans
    Update : October 2015.

    The City of North Vancouver council has given the OK for one of two vintage cranes on the central waterfront to be scrapped. (August 2015)

    The move comes at the request of Pinnacle International, the developer that had agreed to restore the crane and incorporate it into new public space as part of the massive rezoning of the former industrial lands. As compensation, Pinnacle will give the city $500,000.

    The crane sits immediately in front of Phase 3 of Pinnacle’s soon-to-be constructed waterfront condo towers just east of the Shipyards. Another vintage crane was restored and moved to Shipbuilders’ Square by Pinnacle at the direction of the city in 1998.

    Personally, i think North Vancouver city councilors are idiots to have accepted only $500 000. Pinnacle stand to rake in millions of dollars extra by removing it from the landscape. And we lose part of our heritage.

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    This location's validation is current. It was last validated by Emperor Wang on 11/20/2023 12:43 AM.

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  • on Nov 20 23 at 0:43, Emperor Wang validated this location
  • on Nov 20 23 at 0:42, Emperor Wang changed the following: Future Plans
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  • on Nov 20 23 at 0:33, Emperor Wang changed the following: History, Accessibility, Hazards, Future Plans
  • on Oct 29 15 at 11:33, Mike Dijital validated this location
  • on Oct 23 15 at 9:30, -Rio- changed the following: Accessibility
  • on Oct 23 15 at 9:23, -Rio- changed the following: Future Plans
  • on Oct 23 15 at 9:18, -Rio- made this location public
  • on Oct 23 15 at 9:17, -Rio- changed the following: History, Status, Future Plans
  • on Jan 17 15 at 13:10, Mike Dijital validated this location
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