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Mariner’s Career Documented
The Museum recently acquired an exciting donation from
the estate of Captain Hugh Douglas Halkett, who was
born in Victoria in 1920 and spent his early childhood
exploring Vancouver’s waterfront. His love of all things
seafaring inspired him to join the Canadian Pacific BC
Coast Service fleet and in 1941, sailed to Australia and
Samoa. Returning to Vancouver, he acquired a mate’s
certificate and continued to sail with CP. In 1944, he
transferred to Crystal Park as third officer, sailing on the
Atlantic/Mediterranean supply route during the war. After
the war, he returned to the west coast and BC Coast
Service as chief officer.
His maritime career would later include the Canadian
Hydrographic Service; squadron navigator and operations
officer with the Second Canadian Minesweeping Squadron;
BC Forest Service; Columbia Coast Mission; and Canadian
Coast Guard, sailing on Labrador and Camsell, and as
master on CGS Alexander Mackenzie from Prince Rupert.
From 1969 until retirement in1985, he served as master
on Queen of Prince Rupert with BC Ferries.
Captain Halkett’s collection is a rich source of archival
photographs and maritime career documents, travel
scrapbooks, war medals, and artefacts including a sextant
presented to him by Captain L C Barry, OBE, who used
the instrument to navigate Empress vessels across the
Tales from the Vault: Incredible Treasures and Stories from the
Maritime Museum's Collections curated by the Museum, highlights
some of the most significant objects in the collection and presents
a compelling array of unique treasures. The exhibit also addresses
the role and mandates of museums and a philosophical approach
Celebrating Captain Vancouver