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Johnson, Barney Leitch

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Johnson, Barney Leitch

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1878-1968

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Captain Barney Leitch Johnson came to Vancouver from England in 1898. He 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. In 1938, he was appointed an Advisor to the National Defence 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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