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Victoria Machinery Depot (VMD), Victoria BC

Most recent update: July 25, 2010.


VMD was originally known as Albion Iron Works, which opened for business in about 1882 as an engine & boiler builder: the name was changed to VMD in 1900.  VMD did not assign hull numbers until WWII, but then they started at #14, so they apparently took account of the 13 ships that they had previously built.  The original yard was in the Inner Harbour, but during WWI, VMD operated a yard on the Songhees Indian reservation, using the name Harbour Marine Company, and during WWII it operated a yard at Ogden Point, to build Forts and Parks, and continued there after the war.  When the company stopped building ships, in 1967, it sold the Ogden Point yard to the Canadian Coast Guard and continued at the Inner Harbour site as an industrial fabricator until the mid 1990s.  See the Ogden Point yard from the air on Google here.

Hull # Original Name Original Owner Vessel Type GT Built Disposition
Built by Albion Iron Works
1 Princess Dept. of Public Works Tug   1888  
2 Vigilant Dept. of Public Works Tug 29 1890  
3 Joan Esquimalt & Nanaimo RR Passenger/Cargo 821 1892 Destroyed by fire 1920
4 Beaver Canadian Pacific Navigation Sternwheeler 545 1898  
  Archie T. E. Ward Yacht 4 1900  
Built by Victoria Machinery Depot
5 Georgia Dept. of Marine & Fisheries Tender 34 1900  
6 Mount Royal Hudsons Bay Company Sternwheeler 471 1902  
7 Beryl Royal Engineers Minefield Tender 26 1903  
8 Topaz Royal Engineers Minefield Tender 34 1903  
9 Petrel Dept. of Public Works Tug 134 1906  
10 Transfer No.2 Canadian Pacific RR Railcar Barge 1,090 1907  
11 Inlander Prince Rupert, Skeena Transportation Sternwheeler 533 1910  
12 Kluhane Taylor & Drury Sternwheeler 14 1910  
13 Oil Transport No. 1 VMD Tank Barge 201 1913  
Built by Harbour Marine Company
1 Canadian Winner CGMM Cargo Ship 5,442 Dec-20 Later Kosei Maru 1933, Banshu Maru No. 7 1942, torpedoed and lost 1943
2 Canadian Traveller CGMM Cargo Ship 5,455 Mar-21 Later Procida 1932, Empire Volunteer 1940, torpedoed and lost 1940
3 Transfer No. 8 Canadian Pacific RR Barge 1,124 1921  
Built by Victoria Machinery Depot
14 Jasper/Kamloops (K 176) Royal Canadian Navy Corvette 940 1941 Scrapped 1945
15 Quesnel (K 133) Royal Canadian Navy Corvette 940 1941 Scrapped 1945
16 Dawson (K 104) Royal Canadian Navy Corvette 940 1941 Scrapped 1946
17 New Westminister (K 228) Royal Canadian Navy Corvette 940 1942 Later Elisa 1950, Portoviejo 1952, Azua 1954
18 Dundas (K 229) Royal Canadian Navy Corvette 940 1942 Scrapped 1945
19         1942 Possibly refit and conversion of HMCS Prince Henry
20 Fort Camosun Wartime Merchant Shg Ltd. Cargo Ship 7,126 1942 Scrapped 1960
21 Fort Douglas Wartime Merchant Shg Ltd. Cargo Ship 7,129 1942 Scrapped 1958
22 Fort Liard Wartime Merchant Shg Ltd Cargo Ship 7,131 1942 Scrapped 1958
23 Fort Hudsonís Hope Wartime Merchant Shg Ltd. Cargo Ship 7,129 1942 Later Vega 1948, Italvega 1950, Bellport 1966, scrapped 1972
24 Fort Tremblant Wartime Merchant Shg Ltd. Cargo Ship 7,128 1942 Later Beatus 1947, Stanland 1955, scrapped 1963
25 Fort Walsh Wartime Merchant Shg Ltd Cargo Ship 7,126 1943 Later Monstella 1948, Tihi 1965, scrapped 1967
26 Fort Wrigley Wartime Merchant Shg Ltd Cargo Ship 7,120 1943 Later Pantrooper 1948, Royal William 1950, Appulo 1956, scrapped 1962
27 Fort Sturgeon Wartime Merchant Shg Ltd Cargo Ship 7,127 1943 Later East Hill 1950, Rio Alto 1957, Aktor 1964, foundered 1966
28 Yoho Park Park Steamship Co. Ltd Cargo Ship 7,129 1943 Later Fort Highfield 1944, Darfield 1950, wrecked and scrapped 1954
29 Mount Royal Park Park Steamship Co. Ltd. Tanker 7,246 1943 Later Adna 1946, Sterling Viking 1954, Alcyone Might 1956, Orjen 1957, scrapped 1968
30 Brentwood Bay Park Park Steamship Co. Ltd. Tanker 7,263 1943 Later Norse King 1946, Dodger 1951, Arosa 1953, Antonios D.S. 1956, Apj Ambar 1959, scrapped 1961
31 Clearwater Park Park Steamship Co. Ltd Tanker 7,261 1944 Later Norse Mountain 1946, Tioga Star 1951, Marinegra 1955, Lorenzo 1966, scrapped 1968
32 Cypress Hills Park Park Steamship Co. Ltd Tanker 7,262 1944 Later Halcyon II 1946, Gundine 1947, Sterling Venture 1954, Alcyone Angel 1956, Betaluna 1960, Varuna Duti 1968, scrapped 1971
33 Mount Maxwell Park Park Steamship Co. Ltd Tanker 7,256 1944 Later Mount Maxwell 1946, Buccaneer 1949, Plate Mariner 1959, Beatrice 1964, scrapped 1967
34 Salt Lake Park Park Steamship Co. Ltd. Cargo Ship 7,166 1944 Later Wairuna 1946, Bonna 1960, scrapped 1969
35 Fort St Ignace/Hastings Park Park Steamship Co. Ltd. Cargo Ship 7,165 1944 Later Lake Kamloops 1946, Lavadara 1950, Al Sayyada 1952, scrapped 1967
36 Fort Berens/Mission Park Park Steamship Co. Ltd. Cargo Ship 7,164 1944 Later Ottawa Valley 1947, Rog 1964, Mills Trident 1966, scrapped 1969
37 Montebello Park/Fort Langley Wartime Merchant Shg Ltd Stores Ship 7,285 1945 Scrapped 1970
38 Lakeside Park Park Steamship Co. Ltd Cargo Ship 7,149 1945 Later Lakeside 1946, Evgenia Mg. 1952, Theodora 1952, wrecked 1958
39 Seven Oaks Park Park Steamship Co. Ltd Cargo Ship 7,149 1945 Later Seaside 1946, Rubystar 1952, Lagos Huron 1956, foundered 1960
40 Ottawa Pasqua/Hai Han M O W T/China Cargo Ship 1,351 1946 Later Hsin Men 1950, deleted 1957
41 Ottawa Painter/Hai Tsin M O W T/China Cargo Ship 1,351 1946 Later Feng Yuen 1950, Hu Ming 1960, Folklight 1962, Great Eastern 1966, scrapped 1967
42 Ottawa Pandora/Hai Yu M O W T/China Cargo Ship 1,351 1946 Later Hai Ping 1946, Hua Lien 1950, Ta Chung 1964, Antares 1967, deleted 1981
43 Ottawa Parian/Chilkoot M O W T Cargo Ship 1,336 1947 Later Culiacan 1961, deleted 1971
44 V.M.D.II VMD Barge 180 1946 Later Rivtow 6, now Fredbarber 4
45 Borsai French Supply Council River Barge 535 1947  
46 Cantenac French Supply Council River Barge 535 1947  
47-69   French Supply Council River Barges     Cancelled
47 Stewart White Pass & Yukon RR Barge 266 1948  
48 Pelly White Pass & Yukon RR Barge 189 1948 Later Y.T.C. 105, now NT 550
49 Teslin White Pass & Yukon RR Barge 195 1949 Later Y.T.C. 106, now NT 800
50 McQuesten F. Mannix & Co. Cargo Ship 31 1949 Suspended
51 Carmacks F. Mannix & Co. Cargo Ship 31 1949  
52 Lloyd-Jones BC Dept. of Public Works Ferry 277 1950 Later Vesuvius Queen, Eleupina 1998
53 Comox (AMC 146) Royal Canadian Navy Minesweeper 412 1954 To Turkey 1957 as Tirebolu, scrapped
54 Black Bear Gulf of Georgia Towing Co. Tug 32 1950 Later Nanaimo Rebel, now Black Bear II
55 Porte de la Reine (YMG 194) Royal Canadian Navy Gate Vessel 429 1952  
56 Fortune (AMC 151) Royal Canadian Navy Minesweeper 412 1954 Sold 1969 as Greenpeace Two, now charter yacht Edgewater Fortune
57 Campbell Dept. of Resources & Development Ferry 46 1951  
58 Terra Nova (DDE 259) Royal Canadian Navy Destroyer 2,366 1959 Laid up at CFB Halifax
59 Miramichi (AMC 163) Royal Canadian Navy Minesweeper 412 1957 Active
60 YSW 200 Royal Canadian Navy Lighter 112 1957 Later ferry S.S. Beaver
61 Arctic Tern (PCS 784) Royal Canadian Navy Patrol Boat 66   Cancelled
62 Herring Gull (PCS 785) Royal Canadian Navy Patrol Boat 66   Cancelled
63 Kingfisher (PCS 786) Royal Canadian Navy Patrol Boat 66   Cancelled
64 Sandpiper (PCS 787) Royal Canadian Navy Patrol Boat 66   Cancelled
65 Barker Pontoon No. 1 B.C. Forest Products Barge 177 1954  
66 Island Tug 45 Island Tug & Barge Co. Ltd.  Barge 468 1954 Now Seaspan 120
67 Bridge Project # 152 B.C. Dept. of Highways Drydock   848 1954 Now B. P. 152
68 Island Tug 46 Island Tug & Barge Co. Ltd. Barge 502 1955 Now Seaspan 121
69 Island Tug 47 Island Tug & Barge Co. Ltd. Barge 502 1955 Later Bendickson No. 2, now FOH No. 1
70 Unnamed Greater Victoria Water Board Float   1955  
71 Arrow Park Ferry B.C. Dept of Highways Ferry 120 1955 Now Arrowpark
72 Yorke No. 10 F. M. Yorke & Sons Barge 257 1955  
73 Island Tug 48 Island Tug & Barge Co. Ltd. Barge 532 1955 Later Seaspan 302, now Nootka Sound
74 Island Tug 49 Island Tug & Barge Co. Ltd. Barge 532 1955 Later Seaspan 125, now Colleen Z
75 Cloverleaf Barge B.C. Packers Ltd. Barge 1,060 1955 Now Kemano IV
76 550 B.C. Forest Products Workboat   1955 Inactive
77 Marjory H. II Yellowknife Transportation Co. Tug 60 1956  
78 Y.T.C. No. 107 Yellowknife Transportation Co Barge 293 1956 Now NT 650
79 Mill Bay Coast Ferries Ltd., Victoria Ferry 175 1956 Active
80 Y.T.C. No. 108 Yellowknife Transportation Co Barge 461 1957 Now NT 750
81 Unnamed Dept. of Transport Landing Craft   1957  
82 Unnamed Dept. of Transport Landing Craft   1957  
83 Essington II Dept. of Public Works Snagboat 451 1958 Active
84 Arctic No. 1 Arctic Shipping Ltd. Barge 798 1958  
85 Sidney British Columbia Ferry Authority Ferry 2,976 1960 Later Queen of Sidney 1963, now Bad Adventure
86 Arctic No. 2 Arctic Shipping Ltd. Barge 798 1959 Now A. S. No. 2
87 Saskatchewan (DDE 262) Royal Canadian Navy Destroyer 2,366   Completed by Yarrows
88 Nitinat No. 1 Moore-Whittington Barge 30 1960 Active
89 D.P.W. No. 264 Dept. of Public Works Barge 89 1960 Now B264
90 Island Tug 70 Island Tug & Barge Co. Ltd. Barge 631 1960 Later Seaspan 342, now MBM 18
91 Island Tug 71 Island Tug & Barge Co. Ltd. Barge 631 1960 Now Seaspan 343
92 Island Tug 72 Island Tug & Barge Co. Ltd. Barge 631 1960 Later S N 8, now ITB 8
93 Island Tug 73 Island Tug & Barge Co. Ltd. Barge 631 1960 Now Amix IV
94 City of Victoria British Columbia Ferry Authority Ferry 3,541 1962 Later Queen of Victoria 1963, Queen of Ocoa 2000, Aan 2005, scrapped 2006
95 Jacques Cartier B.C. Deeks-McBride Company Tug 70 1962 Active
96 Crown Zellerbach Loader # 2 Crown Zellerbach Canada Ltd. Barge 267 1962 Now Pacific Fibre Barge No. 1
97 Westport Straits Marcus Barge Company Barge 1,527 1962  
98 Hunter Point Dept. of Fisheries Patrol 1,392 1963  
99 Queen of Saanich B.C. Ferry Authority Ferry 3,547 1963 Active
100 Queen of Esquimalt B.C. Ferry Authority Ferry 3,547 1963 Now Princess Jacqueline
101 Queen of Alaska Alaska Cruise Lines Passenger 3,000 1963  
102 Island Tug 82 Island Tug & Barge Co. Ltd. Barge 720 1963  
103 Island Tug 83 Island Tug & Barge Co. Ltd Barge 720 1963 Now Seaspan 372
104 Queen of Nanaimo B C Ferry Authority, Victoria Ferry 3,545 1964 Active
105 Queen of New Westminster B C Ferry Authority, Victoria Ferry 3,544 1964 Active
106 Undersea Garden Saltaire Products Barge 280 1963 Active
107 Comox Queen B C Dept of Highways, Victoria Ferry 651 1965 Now Tenaka
108 Straits No. 107 Straits Marine Ltd. Barge 790 1964 Active
109 Straits No. 108 Straits Marine Ltd. Barge 790 1964 Now Gypsy Mechanic
110 Island Tug 84 Island Tug & Barge Ltd. Barge 720 1964 Now Seaspan 373
111 Island Tug 85 Island Tug & Barge Ltd Barge 720 1964 Now Seaspan 374
112 Island Tug 86 Island Tug & Barge Ltd Barge 720 1964 Now Seaspan 375
113 Island Tug 87 Island Tug & Barge Ltd Barge 720 1964 Later Seaspan 376, now Calypso 11
114 Island Tug 88 Island Tug & Barge Ltd  Barge 720 1964 Now Seaspan 377
115 Island Tug 110 Island Tug & Barge Ltd Barge 823 1964 Now Seaspan 430
116 Island Tug 111 Island Tug & Barge Ltd Barge 823 1964 Now Seaspan 431
117 Island Tug 112 Island Tug & Barge Ltd Barge 823 1964 Now Seaspan 432
118 Evco No. 2 Ocean Cement Ltd. Barge 1,110 1964 Active
119 Straits No. 109 Straits Towing Barge 790 1964 Now WCT 109
120 Straits No. 150 Straits Towing Barge 790 1965 Active
121   Straits Towing Barge 790   Cancelled
122   Straits Towing Barge 790   Cancelled
123 Island Tug 106 Island Tug & Barge Ltd. Barge 1,336 1964 Now Seaspan 902
124 Queen of Prince Rupert B.C. Ferry Authority Ferry 5,864 1966 Later Victoria Princess 1980, now Queen of Prince Rupert 1980
125 Queen of Burnaby B.C. Ferry Authority Ferry 3,542 1965 Later Royal Victorian 1994, Princess Marguerite III 1997, now Queen of Burnaby 2000
126 Evco No. 14 Ocean Cement Ltd Barge 1,581 1965 Active
127 Straits No.151 Straits Towing Barge 790 1965 Active
128 Plymouth Lafarge Cement Company Barge 1,926 1965 Suspended
129 Powell River Queen B.C. Ferry Authority Ferry 1,125 1965 Active
130 Mayne Queen B C Ferry Authority Ferry 1,125 1965 Active
131 Bowen Queen B C Ferry Authority Ferry 1,125 1965 Active
132 Rivtow 104 Rivtow Marine Ltd Barge 823 1965 Active
133 Island Tug 113 Island Tug & Barge Ltd Barge 823 1965 Now Seaspan 433
134 Island Tug 114 Island Tug & Barge Ltd Barge 823 1965 Now Seaspan 434
135 Island Tug 115 Island Tug & Barge Ltd Barge 823 1965 Now Seaspan 435
136 Sedco 135-F Sedco Inc. Drill Rig 8,676 1967 Sank 1979
137 Straits No.152 Straits Towing Ltd Barge 790 1965 Now Pacific Western No. 1
138 Straits No.153 Straits Towing Ltd Barge 790 1965 Active
139 Straits No.154 Straits Towing Ltd Barge 790 1965 Later Catherwood Transporter No. 4, now More Chips No. 1
140 V.M.D.140 VMD Co. Barge 791 1965 Later G. of G. 470, now Seaspan 164
141 V.M.D.141 VMD Co. Barge 794 1965 Later Seaspan 420, now FRPD 6
142 V.M.D.142 VMD Co. Barge 794 1966 Later G. of G. 392, now Seaspan 421
143 Island Tug 89 McAllister Towing Co. Ltd Barge 721 1966 Now Seaspan 378
144 Island Tug 90 McAllister Towing Co. Ltd Barge 721 1966 Now Seaspan 379
145 Doris Yorke F M Yorke & Sons Ltd.    Ferry 2,612 1968 Now Seaspan Doris 1974
146 Rivtow 51 Harken Towing Co. Barge 577 1967 Active
147 Rivtow 52 Harken Towing Co. Barge 577 1967 Now Odyssey 102
148 Rivtow 53 Harken Towing Co. Barge 577 1967 Active
149 Island Tug 122 Island Tug & Barge Ltd Barge 823 1967 Now Seaspan 442
150 Island Tug 123 Island Tug & Barge Ltd Barge 823 1967 Now Seaspan 443
151 Unnamed Greater Victoria Water Board Float   1967