Rendezvous 2018

This year the Squadron reverted to its normal practice of holding its annual Rendezvous over the August long weekend, August 3rd to 6th. Thanks to the City of Richmond, we were hosted at the historic Britannia Heritage Shipyard in Steveston. As our vessels are part of the coastal heritage of BC, our presence fitted in very well with the mission of the Shipyard, and as always, visitors were encouraged to come down and take advantage of the opportunity to visit our vessels. The Shipyard dock staff were very welcoming and looked after our every need. Once again we were blessed with good weather. Due to some unavoidable last minute circumstances, our attending vessel numbers were unfortunately smaller than hoped for this year, but those who did come had a most enjoyable weekend.

 

Rendezvous 2019 is currently scheduled to be held August 2nd to 5th on Vancouver Island at the Ladysmith Community Marina which is operated by the Ladysmith Maritime Society.

 

(Photos by Doug Mitchell except where otherwise credited)

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Room for all alongside without rafting.

 

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Wally Du Temple photo

 

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Wally Du Temple photo

 

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Wally Du Temple photo                                   “Just look at this mess……damned birds!!’

 

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Wally Du Temple photo

 

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Wally Du Temple photo

 

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Annual ‘Tilt Test’ before departure

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Rendezvous 2017

 

2017 being Canada’s Sesquicentennial year (150th Anniversary of Confederation), the 40th Anniversary of the Victoria Classic Boat Festival and the 25th Anniversary of the Ex-Forest Service Vessel Squadron, we held our annual Rendezvous in Victoria’s Inner Harbour over the Labour Day weekend in conjunction with the Victoria Classic Boat Festival. We are most grateful to the festival dockmaster who kindly reserved for the Squadron an entire finger float at Ship Point so that the attending Squadron vessels could be berthed together as an identifiable group. This greatly assisted us in being able to open our BC coastal heritage vessels to the public. The Squadron was delighted to welcome to our Rendezvous for the first time, Hecate Ranger from Eagle Harbor on Bainbridge Island WA.
(Photos by Doug Mitchell)
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Four of our Squadron vessels enroute from Trial Island to Victoria’s Inner Harbour.
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Coast Ranger following astern of Forest Ranger II.

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Squadron Vessels at Ship Point float.

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Squadron vessels at Ship Point float.
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Squadron vessels from across the harbour.
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One of our traditions is a pot-luck supper….always an eclectic array of delicious dishes. This one was kindly hosted aboard Hecate Ranger.

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We enjoyed perfect weather for the weekend, and still nights in Victoria’s beautiful Inner Harbour.
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Another tradition which, on most of our vessels, is referred to as a ’tilt test’. Hecate Ranger was just too big and stable to be ’tilted’, but smiles everywhere!
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It always seems a bit of a let-down when the Rendezvous draws to a close and it is time to head home. Hecate Ranger being followed out of harbour by Dean Ranger.

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Hecate Ranger heading across to Admiralty Inlet enroute to home port at Eagle Harbor.

2016 RENDEZVOUS ! LADYSMITH LADYSMITH COMMUNITY MARINA

Please join us in Ladysmith at the Ladysmith Community Marina  in Ladysmith Harbour.

Saturday July 30 and Sunday July 31.

Most vessels will depart the morning of Monday August 01.

Vessels will be available for boarding 1:00 – 4:00 Saturday and Sunday.

We’re expecting approximately 12 vessels to attend. Subject to change.

Be sure to visit the Ladysmith Community Marina’s  web page: http://www.lmsmarina.ca

Bring your kids, cameras and stories. We’re looking forward to seeing you !

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THANK YOU TO EVERYONE WHO HELPED MAKE OUR 2012 RENDEZVOUS A RESOUNDING SUCCESS !

Our 2012 Rendezvous in Victoria’s inner harbour was attended by hundreds of enthusiastic and curious folk from all corners of the province and beyond. Many former and current B.C. Forest Service employees came aboard and shared their Forest Service stories with us. We connected with old friends and colleagues and established new relationships with people who now understand the history and value of the BCFS fleet of vessels. We are deeply grateful for the boundless support of John Flanagan, Nicole Gagnon, Brian Barber and the rest of the team who worked tirelessly to coordinate this very complex event. A special thank you to our sponsors The Greater Victoria Harbour Authority, The Maritime Museum Of British Columbia and the B.C. Forest Service Centenary Society.  We’ll be posting more photos soon and editing video over the next many weeks.