General News · 17th July 2014
Whaletown Wharf Centennial 1914 - 2014 - ‘Moments’
- reprinted with the permission of Cortes Island Museum & Archives
Boat days were the hub around which the community revolved.
Notes from Charlie Allen’s Diaries - which included weekly trips to ‘Boat Days’ give some indication of what was shipped or received, who was traveling, and the vagaries of the schedule. ‘Boat’ in Charlie’’s diaries, was always capitalized, giving further indication of its importance to the early settlers.
Sept. 1904 - Friday ”went over to meet the Boat as Nellie was going down (to Vancouver).
Saturday: “Nellie did not get away yet - Boat will be in again sometime tonight” (The boat did not take on passengers if its schedule was taking it North of Whaletown - passengers boarded on its return trip)
Sept. 1906: “took 2 deer, 10 dozen eggs, 14 rabbits to wharf - Wilf came back on the Boat - 1/2 ton of wheat, 13 bales hay, 2 sacks chicken chop, 3 bundles laths, 1 barrel lime and a piece of round iron came up on the Boat”.
Jan. 1909: “Strange’s Circular saw came on Boat”
Jan. 1910: “Miss Bland arrived to teach school”
In the 1930’s Boat Day was still an event. Val (Mulcahy) Thomas remembers: “On Boat Days on Sunday afternoons everyone would gather to wait for the boat - to get their groceries and their mail. And usually there would be ice cream which was a real treat! Some people would order their groceries from Woodwards, and Mr. Reid being both postmaster and store keeper would know who was bypassing his store, and they would not be popular with him”.
If you have a story you’d like to share please contact Bob Katzko - 6728 or Denise Elo - 6446. The Whaletown Wharf Centennial celebration is Sat. Aug. 16th from 11am to 2pm.