From the Archives: Heritage Week Afloat

James Dunsmuir on TSS Dolaura McCann RRU Archives

Did you know that this week is Heritage Week in BC? This year's theme is Heritage Afloat, which commemorates BC's association with the water. With our site's location, and the people who have lived and worked here, we certainly can find a few photos that highlight this relationship.

The image directly above is from the archives, showing James Dunsmuir's yacht, TSS Dolaura. Named by combining his wife's name, Laura, with his youngest daughter, Dola, this was a magnificant ship. The 218-foot vessel was built in 1908 for a sum of about $200,000, and had all the finest finishes which included a drawing room with fireplace, a 'master suite', a library, and a formal dining room that could seat 24. The photo at the top of this post shows James Dunsmuir, second from the right, with his companions that include his son-in-law, Guy Audain, aboard the Dolaura.

And we can't commemorate history by the water without mentioning the naval training that occurred at Royal Roads Military College (and its antecedents). The images below depict training sessions from the 1940s and 1950s, much of which took place at the lagoon by the boathouse.


And there are so many more about water in the RRU Archives. If you're interested, please don't hesitate to email or phone, or come visit the archives office in the Library.

Caroline Posynick
RRU Archivist
250.391.2600 ext 4122