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Historically Speaking Series: Free talk on local shipwreck
June 16 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Free talk on local shipwreck: Thurs, June 16, 7 pm
Historically Speaking Series presents via ZOOM The Robert Kerr: from global trader to coastal collier presented by David Hill-Turner this Thursday, June 16, 2022, 7pm. Free.
Meeting ID: 875 0006 2348
Since 1911, the remains of the Robert Kerr have rested on a reef just north of Thetis Island’s Pilkey Point. Launched in 1866, she roamed the world’s oceans. Damaged while being towed to Burrard Inlet, she achieved fame as “the ship that saved Vancouver” during the 1886 fire that destroyed much of the new city. This is a story of a ship associated with people and events that helped shape Canada in the 19th century. David has worked with museums, marine industry, government and universities preparing and presenting a variety of interpretative programs about maritime history. For many years, he worked in national parks and historic sites, and he recently retired as the Nanaimo Museum’s curator. He is a past president of the Underwater Archaeological Society of BC and the current president of the Nanaimo Historical Society.