Fonds RBSC-ARC-1645 - Benson Shipyards fonds

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Benson Shipyards fonds

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Benson Bros. Shipbuilding fonds

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2.8 m of textual records
1.2 m of technical drawings
5 photographs

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The first shipyard in the Benson family was founded ca. 1919 on False Creek by Charlie Benson, who had immigrated to Vancouver from Australia in 1907. Charlie's sons Albert Charles Benson and Robert Herman Benson assumed control in 1923, changing the company's name to Benson Bros. Shipbuilding. In 1925, A.C. Benson assumed full control, changing the name to A.C. Benson Shipyard. In 1938 the company relocated to the former Melchion Shipyard in Coal Harbour. R.H. rejoined the company in 1942, and the name reverted to Benson Bros. Shipbuilding. The company acquired the Star Mercer Shipyard in the Queensborough neighbourhood of New Westminster in 1974. In 1979, the company consolidated its operations at the yard in New Westminster. The firm went out of business in 1984.

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The fonds documents the company's activities in the ship building and maintenance business from ca. 1960 until the closure of the business in 1984. The fonds is arranged in four series containing invitations to tender, specifications, and drawings from various marine architects and government agencies, as well as invoices, advertising and technical publications from various suppliers.

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The Fisherman Publishing Society fonds at UBC's Rare Books and Special Collections contains photographs of several fishing vessels built by Benson Brothers including the Martin G. Martin and the Provider. This collection has been digitized and are available online at .


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