Hoffar, Henry

HOFFAR, Henry, boatbuilder (b 1888, Vancouver; d 1976, Vancouver). He built more than 2,000 vessels at his VANCOUVER yard, from simple fishing boats to elegant yachts. At age 13 he quit school to apprentice at a sash and door factory, and he built his first boat in the family basement when he was 17. (His father, Nathaniel Hoffar, was Vancouver's first important architect.) In 1916 the Hoffar Motor Boat Co, which he started with his brother Jim, built the first Vancouver-made aircraft, a...

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