Monday 18 August 2008

Flying Angel

Anyone happening upon the Flying Angel Seafarer's Club is probably lost. There was a time when the entire waterfront was accessible to anyone. Not so much now. 

From 1975 to 1989 I was a letter carrier. In the early years I worked in the station that included this section of the waterfront. I did not have the seniority to pick this route but my job at the time was to substitute for the people who were off . Yeah, Yeah, most of us were 'off', I mean off as in, away from work. 

I delivered mail by truck here for 3 or 4 weeks. It was an experience. Forklifts and trucks constantly on the move, mysterious places to leave the mail and rats the size of Labrador Retrievers. I made up that last bit to give the story some punch. The rats were really no bigger than house cats. There were canneries, grain elevators, the sugar refinery and shipping companies, etc. Some businesses are still there but large sections are now container terminals. 

The tidy blue building seemed out of place then and still does today. I believe it used to be known as the Seamen's Mission. It still serves that purpose.


Mo said...

Interesting place (and history). Are the cranes still in use?

Gerald (SK14) said...

Hi Wayne, places do change and blogs like this do a great service documenting these changes.

I've just been revisiting some of old posts from 2 years ago. in one I had a link to the "steam clock" in Vancouver. Alas the archives to the old Vancouver Daily Photo have been killed. If you know the clock I mean, maybe you could feature it here sometime.

Wayne said...

Mo,The cranes are very much in use. Those in the pic aren't the biggest of them. I'm a bit nuts about these cranes so you haven't seen the last of them.

Gerald, The steam clock is the favourite photo op in Gastown. I can post a pic with a bit of info. I'm happy to have a project. It might be a couple of weeks away though. I'll be down there Aug. 30 for sure as the Councourse d'Elegance is taking place. The streets will be lined with vintage vehicles.