Fonds AM61 - Cates family fonds

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Cates family fonds

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  • 0.18 m of textual records
  • 19 photographs

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The Cates family, being the descendents of Captain Charles Henry (1859-1939), have been prominent in Vancouver shipping and ship building since 1886 and founded Charles H. Cates and Sons Limited, a towage and lightering firm.

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Captains Charles Warren Cates (1899-1960) and John Henry Cates, sons of C.H. Cates, were chiefly responsible for assembling this collection.

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The fonds consists of a letterbook, ships' papers and photographs concerning the activities of Charles H. Cates and Sons Limited, as well as the autobiography of Captain C.H. Cates and manuscripts on family, maritime and Indian subjects by Captain Charles Warren Cates (1899 1960). The fonds also includes the letters (1877-1883) of Donald Stewart of New Westminster concerning the building of the C.P.R.

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Presented by Captain J.H. Cates in 1961.


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