In a ceremony at Government House in Victoria on November 6, the Maritime Museum of BC awarded the Beaver Medal of Maritime Excellence to this year’s recipients. The Honourable Janet Austin, B.C.’s Lieutenant Governor, presented the medals to Robin Inglis, Donald Krusel, John MacFarlane and Jane McIvor along with a special award to the Wahl Family of North Coast Boatbuilders.
Jamie Webb, Master of Ceremonies and member of the Beaver Award Committee, outlined the significance of the Medal, noting it is made from the salvaged steel of the S.S. Beaver which grounded on Siwash Rock outside Vancouver in 1888. The Beaver was the first steam-powered vessel on the West Coast of North America which operated along the B.C. Coast for 52 years.