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Series 6.3
    1920s, 1930s
    Wharf 1904-1982

Series 6.3-- General, Panoramic Views of Sechelt's Waterfront and Wharf (1901-1915)

The photographs in the series show Sechelt's beach, waterfront area, wharf and buldings from 1900 to 1983 both from land and water. The area covered stretches from the rocky area to the west of the gravel beach to the Selma Park waterfront. The photographers include Charles Bradbury, Edric S. Clayton, Alan Gibbons, Helen McCall, Philip Timms, Harry Winn and the Sechelt Peninsula Times photographer. Some photographs are Union Steamship Company pictures. Many of the photographs are copies from originals in the Vancouver City Archives, Provinicial Archives and the Vancouver Public Library Collection.

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c1901-1904 -- View from present day corner of Wharf Avenue and Teredo Street looking south to Trail Bay waterfront. Buildings from left to right:

1.Herbert Whitaker's barn (shake) on left side of today's Wharf Avenue originally known as Porpoise Bay Road.

2. Wharf Avenue was constructed between Trail Bay and Porpoise Bay in 1896 following a portion of the old Indian trail. Mr. Herbert Whitaker was in charge of the project which was financed by the Provincial Public Works Department with an expenditure of $87.50. The actual work was done by T.J. Cook and two Indians, who graded the thoroughfare by dragging boom chains over the surface.

3. First Whitaker store and post office right of Wharf Road. Latter opened in March 1, 1896 with Herbert Whitaker as postmaster.

4. Herbert Whitaker's second store and post office (third building from left), in 1912 it became Sechelt's first school but in 1913 became our first telegraph office.

5. First Sechelt Hotel opened July 1, 1899, by Herbert Whitaker, sold to a German Company in 1913 and burned down on June 1, 1914 .

Photograph/negative probably by Philip Timms, courtesy Vancouver City Archives. See also oversize 6.15.5


1904 -- First Sechelt Hotel, note Sechelt flag on right, prior to addition of west wing. Second store seen immediately east of hotel, in1904 first store and post office building was still standing on east side of second store. Fence built to keep sheep and cattle out. Original print donated by L. S. Jackson to Vancouver City Archives.

Major Matthews annotated Vancouver City Archives copy erroneously by a) dating the hotel from 1895 rather than 1899, b) stating "when a larger general store was built the building on right edge became the first school." Actually a new store was built in 1906 and school did not open until October 1912.

Photograph titled "Approach to Wharf under Construction. Penciled on back of original "The new hotel and part of general store at Sechelt, B.C. 1904. Philip Timms." Rubber stamp on original print: "Philip T. Timms, photographer, 1842 Charles Street, Vancouver, Canada. Photograph/negative by Philip Timms, courtesy Vancouver City Archives.


1906 -- Buildings on the Boulevard between Inlet Ave. and Indian Reserve owned by Bert Whitaker and photographed almost certainly in 1906. Very significant in showing where early structures stood in relation to each other. Left to right:

1. First hotel, opened in 1899, and prior to addition of large wing on west side, fenced to keep out sheep. Bulwark along beach.

2. Second store and post office in existence in 1902 or earlier. Became first school in 1912 and first telegraph office in 1913. Later joined to fourth store and post office.

3. First store and post office. Main portion and its lean-to on west side made of shingles, but its lean-to on east side made of milled boards.

4. First barn, constructed of shakes, and with barn doors opened on to trail to Porpoise Bay. Fence from barn along Boulevard to Reserve has been removed to make space for 1906 store.

5. Third store and post office, built in 1906, with two floors of hotel annex above. Converted into second hotel after first burned, in 1914; then burned itself in 1936.

Photograph by Icke and Schenk, Vancouver, B.C., photograph courtesy Rowena Haslett. See also 6.5.89 and oversize 6.15.28.


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