B.C. Marine Shipbuilders, Vancouver BC

(later known as West Coast Manly Shipyards)

Most recent update: February 17, 2015.


This shipyard was originally established in 1898 as a subsidiary of B.C. Marine Railway Co of Esquimalt.  When that firm was sold to Sir Alfred Yarrow in 1914, the Vancouver operation became independent and carried on under the name B.C. Marine Ltd.  It was primarily a repair facility, located at the north end of Victoria Drive, in Vancouver, but it did build two sizeable wooden-hulled vessels at the end of World War One and sporadically built a few barges and scows, primarily for its own use.  It was reorganized in 1962 and renamed B. C. Marine Shipbuilders & Engineers Ltd., to take advantage of new Government subsidies.  It was acquired by its neighbor, RivTow Marine, in 1982, along with West Coast Salvage & Contracting and John Manly, Ltd., and all four operations were merged, using B.C. Marine's Victoria Drive location.  The new company was called RivTow Industries, but was generally known as West Coast Manly Shipyards.  See the site from the air on Google here.

Hull # O.N. Original Name Original Owner Vessel Type GT Built Disposition

Built by B.C. Marine Ltd

  141709 Capilano Union Steamship Co. Pass/Cargo 374 1920 Later Bedwell 1949, scuttled 1951
  150428 Lady Kindersley Hudsons Bay Co. Schooner 714 1920 Abandoned in ice off Point Barrow 1924

Built by B.C. Marine Shipbuilders & Engineers Ltd

1 320253 Georgia Straits Straits Towing Co. Ltd. Tug 71 1963 Now Island Navigator
2 320245 Haro Straits Straits Towing Co. Ltd. Tug 71 1963 Lost off Point Roberts 1970
3 322437 Malaspina Straits Straits Towing Co. Ltd. Tug 71 1964 Active
4 323209 Marion Rose II Portland Canal Constn. Boom Boat 3 1964 Closed 2004
5 322507 S.L. No.1 Straits Towing Co. Ltd. Boom Boat 3 1964 Closed 1997
6 322508 S.L.  No.2 Straits Towing Co. Ltd. Boom Boat 3 1964 Closed 1997
7 323263 Bering Straits Straits Towing Co. Ltd. Tug 59 1965 Active
8 326544 Captain Cook Deeks McBride Co Ltd Tug 124 1966 Active
9 325633 W.S. B.C. Marine Shipbuilders Boom Boat 3 1965  
10 325610 Dolphin Straits Rivtow Straits Tug 15 1965 Active
11       Boom Boat 3 1966  
12 327104 Island Rustler Island Tug & Barge Tug 40 1967 Later Seaspan Rustler, Rustler II, now Jervis Titan
13             Not used
14 328958 Gulf Bee Gulf of Georgia Towing Tug 148 1968 Later Seaspan Breeze 1980, now Braveheart II
15 329465 Gulf Jean Gulf of Georgia Towing Tug 147 1968 Later Seaspan Navigator 1980, closed 2000
16 330364 Valerie L. Lyttle Brothers Towing Tug 9 1968 Suspended 2004
17 330366 Phyllis L Lyttle Brothers Towing Tug 9 1968 Later Saltspring Prince, now Delta Prince
18 330867 Gulf Marjorie Gulf of Georgia Towing Tug 146 1969 Later Seaspan Wave 1980, scrapped 2000
19 331309 La Fleur Vancouver Tug & Bargen Tug 74 1969 Later Seaspan Charger, scrapped
20 331955 Evco Foam Ocean Cement Ltd Tug 71 1970 Now Seaspan Foam
21             Cancelled
22             Cancelled
23 344613 Swiftsure III B.C. Forest Products Ltd. Tug 87 1970 Now Race Point I
24 347770 Nimpkish BC Dept. of Highways Ferry 266 1973 Active
25 347956 Edwin Lindberg Arctic Nav. & Tptn. River Tug 331 1973 Now Arctic Kugaluk
26 347818 Arcnav No.1 Adby Transportation Tank Barge 808 1973 Later Raven IV, closed 2008
27 347819 Arcnav No.2 Adby Transportation Tank Barge 808 1973 Later ITB 502, now Boss 502
28 347820 Arcnav No.3 Arctic Nav. & Tptn. Tank Barge 808 1973 Active
29 347821 Arcnav No.4 H.M. Trimble & Sons Tank Barge 808 1973 Active
30 347822 Arcnav No. 5 H.M. Trimble & Sons Tank Barge 808 1973 Now PB 10
31 347823 Arcnav No. 6 Mercury Tanklines Tank Barge 808 1973 Active
32 368712 Elliott Straits Rivtow Straits Ltd. Tug 149 1974 Later K. G. Hodder, now D. D. Catherwood
33 369558 Ballantyne Straits Rivtow Straits Ltd. Tug 149 1975 Active
34 348889 Arctic Sun Arctic Nav. & Tptn. Tug 145 1974 Closed 1998
35 348888 Ichabod Arctic Nav. & Tptn. Spud Scow 479 1974 Active
36 370187 Dawn Treader No. 1 D.L. Lansdowne Fishing 62 1975 Now Dawn Treader III
37 368368 Canmar Barge No. 1 Canadian Marine Drilling Tank Barge 1,789 1975 Now Canmar Barge No. I
38 370748 Canmar Supplier V Canadian Marine Drilling AHTS 627 1976 Later Anya, DF Discoverer (S. Africa) scrapped 2014
39 372628 Bundler No. 1 RSL Log Sorting Ltd. Barge 65 1977 Active
40 383418 Rivtow 902 Rivtow Straits Barge 842 1978 Active
41 383461 Pachena No. 1 Seaboard Trading Co. Fishing 95 1978 Active
42 392754 Rivtow 903 Rivtow Straits Barge 842 1979 Active
43 391844 Proud Canadian John Manly Ltd Fishing 88 1979 Hull only: completed as Manly's Hull 539
44 393479 B.C. Baron John Manly Ltd Fishing 90 1979 Hull only: completed as Manly's Hull 563
45 395400 Babine Itinerant Babine Forest Products Passenger 294 1980 Active
46 395909 Rivtow 904 Rivtow Straits Barge 891 1980 Active
47 801015 Rivtow 1000 Rivtow Straits Barge 891 1981 Active
48 801067 Rivtow 1001 Rivtow Straits Barge 891 1981 Active
49 801524 Rivtow 1002 Rivtow Straits Barge 891 1982 Active
50 802198 Rivtow 1003 Rivtow Straits Barge 891 1982 Active
51 803635 Rivtow 1004 Rivtow Straits Barge 891 1983 Active