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Photos: Mission to Seafarers delivers Christmas cheer to crews in Vancouver Harbour

By BCShippingNews 30 December 2018
Christmas Eve visits with gifts delight seafarers...

The Mission to Seafarers in Vancouver once again set off on Christmas Eve to deliver gifts to seafarers onboard vessels in Vancouver Harbour and English Bay. With 11 vessels in the Bay and another five in the Harbour, Senior Chaplain Rev'd Peter Smyth; Gary Roosma, Chaplain with the Ministry to Seafarers; Deacon Dileep Athaide, Chaplain with the Apostleship of the Sea (Stella Maris) were helped by Megan Apperloo and Eric Stroo as well as the stellar crew of the Tymac Pilot to spend the morning of December 24 shuttling between vessels, providing a durable bag (courtesy of the Port of Vancouver) filled with goodies like hats and scarves, chocolates, candies and essentials like toothpaste and soap. Seafarers were delighted to receive the surprise gifts and warmly welcomed the team. While time constraints didn't allow for lengthy visits on each ship, the three Mission seafarers did manage to fit in a blessing for ship and crew aboard the Green Attitude and spent at least a few minutes on each ship to wish sailors the best of the season. With 16 vessels and an average of 22 crew on board each, the team distributed over 350 gift bags. BC Shipping News was allowed to tag along to capture the day.

1. Gift bags are loaded and ready to go.
2. Time to start unloading. Tymac Launch has be...
3. Gary Roosma and the rest of the team pitch i...
4. Megan Apperloo gets to work unloading the ba...
5. Megan and Gary stand by as Tymac's Gary secu...
6. Captain Walter Rae did a great job at the he...
7. Tymac's Gary Hagan was a fantastic help as w...
8. And so it begins...first climb with many mor...
9. Friendly crew gave a warm welcome to the tea...
10. Group shot following a blessing of the ship...
11. And then down...
12. And onto the next.
13. And up...
14. And down...
14. Megan Apperloo.
15. Deacon Dileep Athaide, Chaplain with the Ap...
16. Senior Chaplain Rev'd Peter Smyth.
17. Eric Stroo.
18. Gary Roosma, Chaplain with the Ministry to...
20. Onto the next...
19. Each ship's crew greeted the Mission with d...
21. And the next...
22. And always, a warm greeting.
23. And a friendly wave hello and goodbye.
24. Some ladders were a bit trickier than other...
25. More waves.
26. A final wave goodbye.
27. Team shot - so very grateful to have tagged...