was still a village in the rainforest, Hamish Davidson - how Scottish can you get? - ran a company called Davidson Manufacturing Ltd. located on Georgia
Street, very near the entrance to Stanley Park and with Benson's Shipyard and Coal Harbour just on the other side of that street. Jimmy Spillsbury's radio
factory that outfitted all the fishing
boats on this coast was two blocks away. I knew Hamish only slightly, and always as "Old Man Davidson".
He had been building small wooden watercraft for use by Vancouver's watermen and Yotsmen since the end of WWII (and probably before), but when I knew him in the mid-50s he was pioneering building these small craft in "frozen snot" and supporting the pioneering by continuing to build small wooden boats such as yours.
is typical of the lifeboat-hulls built be Hamish and his son. The superstructure looks late-50ish, so it could be original. I have never heard of a "Westland" engine
, but there used to be a "Westland" diesel repair
outfit, tho' I believe they have "gone west" by now.
I would think that if there is a "Westland" reference on your engine
, it may be because some fairly common diesel like perhaps a Perkins
(as used by busses and "lorries" in "the Old Country") had been "marinized" by Westland.
For some reason I think there was a connexion twixt the Davidsons and the Clarkes who owned and ran a vessel, a ferry-cum-excursion boat, called Hollyburn
(for obvious reasons). Hollyburn
plied the excursion route
to WigWam Inn at the top of Indian Arm. WigWam Inn had, by my youth in Vancouver
, essentially been abandoned and was derelict, but having always been accessible only by a three-hour voyage in Hollyburn
, (ordinary blokes rarely having any kinda boat of their own), the place was completely intact, and all the furnishings, including a functioning wind-up Victrola c/w "platters", were still there from its glory days during America's "prohibition" when it was a gathering place for all sorts of unsavory types engaged in rum
running. What times we had both aboard Hollyburn
and at WigWam. I still remember some of the "young ladies" in our "set" with great affection :-)!
Nowadays, "Davidsons" is no more, and WigWam is, I believe, an outstation of the Royal Vancouver Yacht Club.
Treasure your little boat! She might very well remember Indian Arm and WigWam Inn, as I do, when they were still delightfully Kiplingesque "outposts of The Empire". With apologies to Old Man Rudyard:
"Can't you 'ear the paddles chunkin'
from Stanley Park to WigWam Inn"...