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Harbour Burning: a century of Vancouver's maritime fires

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By: Hagelund, Bill
ISBN: 0-88839-488-8
Binding: Trade Paper
Size: 8.5" X 5.5"
Pages: 208
Photos: 70
Illustrations: 0
Publication Date: 2002

Description

PR Highlights: A Century of Vancouver's Maritime Fires.
PHOTO Highlights: 48 page historical photo section.

Description: Harbour Burning celebrates the performance and dedication of the people and equipment that have long protected the Vancouver waterfront. Read about events and disasters that shaped the downtown Vancouver waterfront and False Creek, such as the Pier D fire, the Second Narrows Bridge collapse, the Greenhill Park explosion, and the fire at the Alberta Wheat Pool. Filled with fascinating stories and historical pictures, this is a most interesting read.

The history surrounding the growth of Vancouver from a wilderness lumber port into one of the largest, most successful international shipping centers in the world is a varied and exciting one. But often overlooked in these stories is the role that the Vancouver Fire Department played. Following the great fire of 1886 that destroyed much of this emerging city, Captain John Carlisle set standards of physical fitness, conduct, and proficiency that today are the hallmark of this great fire department. Employing and developing the most modern and effective firefighting equipment to be found anywhere in the western world, fire chiefs and civic leaders from around the globe came to Vancouver to stand in awe of this fire department's magnificent capabilities. Harbour Burning celebrates the performance and dedication of the people and equipment that have long protected this waterfront. Read about events and disasters that shaped the downtown Vancouver waterfront and False Creek, such as the Pier D fire, the Second Narrows Bridge collapse, the Greenhill Park explosion, and the fire at the Alberta Wheat Pool. Filled with fascinating stories and historical pictures, this is a most interesting read.

Author Biography

William A. Hagelund was a teenager in 1940 when he began his maritime career on whaling ships. He went on to become a master mariner retiring in 1995 from his final commission as master of the SS Beaver which he held for nine years. He has written for many west coast newspapers and magazines on the subject of shipping and several books of maritime history including his most recent book The Dowager Queen; The Hudson's Bay Company SS Beaver.

 

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