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The Lost Fleet at the Vancouver Maritime Museum

Tuesday, March 14th, 2017 — 10:36am PDT
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The Vancouver Maritime Museum proudly unveils its pivotal new exhibition The Lost Fleet, on display March 24, 2017 – March 25, 2018.

The Lost Fleet at the Vancouver Maritime Museum

The Lost Fleet investigates the unjust 1941 seizure of 1,200 Japanese-Canadian fishing vessels following the bombing of Pearl Harbour through a collection of historic photographs, models of Japanese-Canadian-built fishing boats, fishermen’s tools, and replica documents.

Fishermen’s Reserve rounding up Japanese-Canadian fishing vessels. 10 Dec. 1941. Library and Archives Canada.

Visitors will also see an original shell fragment from Estevan Point lighthouse, which was attacked by a Japanese imperial submarine in June 1942, revealing the little known fact that enemy fire landed on Canadian soil during WWII. The Lost Fleet will shed important light on the pre-eminence of xenophobia in the province’s history, how this led to the appropriation of Japanese-Canadian property, and ultimately the incarceration of an entire people.

“The history of Japanese-Canadian fishermen is inextricably linked to the history of Vancouver. The city was a gateway in the Pacific for all immigrants looking to forge a brighter future for themselves,” says Duncan MacLeod, Maritime Museum Curator. “The seizure of Japanese-Canadian fishing boats in BC had been on a list of important topics we were considering for an exhibition. The process of deciding on an exhibition took place during the rising crisis in Syria, and the contemporary discussions of an influx of non-white immigrants bore a strong resemblance to the rhetoric used when speaking about the Japanese and other Asian immigrants in the 20th century prior to WWII.”

The legacy of this tragic event will also be explored: what lessons have been learned and how Canadian society has changed because of this experience? Visitors will be encouraged to consider whether the present political and economic climate is very different today; current legislation, policies and public sentiment about immigration invites the question of whether this type of injustice could be carried out against other groups.

Win Passes

I have a 4-pack of tickets to give away to opening weekend of this exhibition, March 24-26, 2017. Here’s how you can enter to win:

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I will draw one winner at random from all entries at 12:00pm on Monday, March 20, 2017. The Vancouver Maritime Museum is located at 1905 Ogden Avenue in Vanier Park. Follow on Facebook and Twitter for more information about this exhibit and more.

Update The winner is Wes!

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  1. Mousemouse604 says:

    This sounds fascinating

  2. Dana says:

    Love the maritime museum!

  3. Ali says:

    My kids love this museum

  4. Faye Jang says:

    A sad part of Vancouver’s history that our kids should know about.

  5. Sheila says:

    Sad part of our history – but xenophobia is still very much with us. Haters always find a way to hate. Much to learn from this exhibit, I would like to see it.

  6. Samantha says:

    I had no idea that enemy fire landed on Canadian soil during WWII. Even if I don’t win, I learned something new today.

  7. Marisa. P says:

    I’m always shocked to find so much history was never taught to us. So happy to share this with my kids.

  8. Milynne says:

    Looks really cool!

  9. Jason B says:

    Interesting contest

  10. Ariel C says:

    love the museum!

  11. adam says:

    great thanks!

  12. Tammy says:

    I’ve never been

  13. Cindy chovin says:

    Would love my grandson to see this he loves army navy all things like that…..than you cindy

  14. Dale says:

    What shall we do with a drunken sailor

  15. Tammy H says:

    Museums are fun!

  16. Linda says:

    I’ve yet to go to the Vancouver Maritime Museum. This would be great.

  17. Stephanie says:

    So cool!

  18. Teresa K says:

    I’d love to win.

  19. Tammy H says:

    Thank you great idea!

  20. Shirley says:

    I didn’t know that and I would love to learn more.

  21. Wes says:

    We’ve never been to the Maritime Museum – would love to check it out! 🙂

  22. Karen M says:

    A sad part of Canadian history that is unknown to too many. I’m glad that this exhibit is being shown. Canadians need to know the mistakes of the past.

  23. Kristy says:

    This museum is worth a visit.

  24. Mary Jane Twiss says:

    I would love to win!

  25. Stotes says:

    This would be great!

  26. victor says:


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