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Fonds AM581 - Captain Barney Leitch Johnson fonds

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Captain Barney Leitch Johnson fonds

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  • 1910-1968 (Creation)
    Johnson, Barney Leitch

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  • 0.1 m of textual records
  • ca. 50 photographs

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Captain Bernard "Barney" Leitch Johnson came to Vancouver from England in 1898. On January 4, 1904, he married Florence "Flora" MacDonald Grant and had a son, Bernard Dodds Leitch, in November of that same year. Johnson worked as a Captain for the Union Steamship Co., bringing the SS Prince Rupert from England to Vancouver in 1910. He commanded this ship on B.C. coast runs until 1913. He then worked as a coast pilot. After serving in World War I as a Naval Captain aboard submarines, including the ones purchased by the B.C. Government, he returned to take up a position as Superintendent of Pilotage. In 1920, he organized Johnson Walton Steamships Limited and then Westward Shipping. Johnson became a widower in 1924. He later remarried on December 10, 1937 to Ellen Weaver Hart. In 1938, he was appointed an Advisor to the National Defense Department. He also acted on the Japanese Fishing Vessel Disposal Commission. After his service in World War II, he returned to Vancouver and continued his business operations. He also served as Commodore for the Royal Vancouver Yacht Club.

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The fonds consists of logbooks, 1910, 1918; towage rates book, 1930; address books for miscellaneous notes, 1910-1930; photographs; memorabilia; clipping and memoirs.

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Photographs in this fonds have been assigned catalogue numbers with the prefix CVA 582.

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