BC's Floating Historic Site

Posted by Daniel on Jun 15, 2011

Macleans magazine has published a profile (here) of 88-year-old photographer George Hunter. "You'd hardly know it, but George Hunter's work is everywhere", reads the tagline.

Indeed. BC residents may not recognize the name but they will know the iconic photograph that decorated the Canadian $5 bill from 1976 to 1982. The photo was taken in Discovery Passage in 1958 and features the BCP No.45, a wooden table seiner then owned by Harry Assu of Quadra Island.

Sometimes called the West Coast's answer to the Bluenose, the BCP No.45 was built for BC Packers in 1927 (making boat and photographer almost the same age!). Since 1996 it has been on display as a museum piece, first in Vancouver and now at the Maritime Heritage Centre in Campbell River. In 2005 it was declared a National Historic Site.