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
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
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.