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The Vancouver Maritime Museum

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The Vancouver Maritime Museum is on the waterfront, in the "Vanier Park" not far from the Museum of Vancouver. The Museum was opened in 1959 and is the oldest Maritime Museum in Canada and one of the best Maritime museums in North America.

Collection of the Vancouver Maritime Museum has over 15,000 objects and perfectly illustrates the Maritime history of not only Vancouver, but throughout British Columbia and Northern Canada. The Museum displays many models of different ships, including the historic, navigation equipment, instruments, maps, drawings, sketches, form, and more. Available in the Museum entertaining children's Discovery Centre, excellent library and archive and a small workshop where visitors can observe the creation of a master of ship models.

The most valuable and interesting exhibit of the Museum is probably once belonged to the Royal police of Canada's famous schooner "St. Roch", which is the first fully skirted North America. Schooner "St. Roch" also known as the second sailing ship managed to overcome North-West passage. First this passage was Roald Amundsen, his sloop "Joa" was moving from East to West, while the ship St. Roch followed in the opposite direction - from the Pacific to the Atlantic ocean, adhering, however, already laid the Amundsen route. You should pay attention to research underwater ship NASA "Ben Franklin (PX-15)", as well as hand drawn maps of famous English Navigator, Explorer and cartographer - James cook and model of the 74-gun battleship of the French Navy - "Vengeur du Peuple".