Classic Yacht Charters Inc.


Marine architect designed and shipyard built in 1957, she was originally christened ‘John Antle V’ after the 1910 founder of the Columbia Coast Mission. She was dedicated to year-round, all weather humanitarian patrol of BC’s isolated coastal communities. She carried on this task faithfully until 1962 when the Mission Ships were sold.

Her heavy displacement stability was further improved with the installation of fixed stabilizers in the 1990s. The engine room was completely upgraded with state-of-the-art soundproofing in the 1980s. Her original 671 Detroit Diesel was factory rebuilt in January 2006. Orcas, dolphins and porpoises are actually drawn to the muted throb of her low rpm propulsion. Navigation / electronics are constantly upgraded. Step aboard….be welcomed by quality construction; two-inch thick teak doors, polished brass and the feel of a well-found vessel. At anchor, power is provided by the ship's silent 2,200 watt Trace inverter. The sound-enclosed diesel generator is only used for the convection oven. We respect the tranquility of all anchorages.

inspected and boat house kept, she is continually updated and maintained in ‘Bristol fashion.' Comfort is assured in her teak and oak appointed cabins. Guests sleep under goose down duvets. Her galley, re-equipped in 2001 to the seagoing requirements, easily generates the savoury menus that prompt our guests to return year after year. Often mistaken for one of the fisheries or forestry vessels plying the early coast, she shares their heritage: rugged and reliable.

Author Margaret Craven, voyaged aboard our vessel to remote Kingcome Inlet to research her best selling book, I Heard the Owl Call My Name. The native Kingcome congregation still enjoys the original organ transported to the village aboard this ship. Her years in the Mission service are featured in God’s Little Ships and The Columbia is Coming. These ships met the social and medical needs of remote settlements, canneries, logging camps and lighthouses, as well as providing spiritual comfort when requested.


An experienced, licenced skipper of coastal BC exploration since the 1970s, owner / Captain Nils Lovenmark is also a veteran of bluewater sailboat deliveries in the Caribbean, Atlantic and Pacific. He will offer course choices, shape an itinerary and fine tune it with local knowledge as you go. An accomplished whitewater and ocean kayaker, he’s qualified and competent in every aspect of your voyage through our magnificent Inside Passage.


Your skipper oversees galley staff / menus / meal preparation. Our guests receive our Food Preference Sheet, make favourite selections, alerting us to dislikes and possible allergens. The accent is still on fresh and local. We dine well.

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A calm anchorage

Interior Dinette

Dining on deck