Bids on Surplus Boats

Bids on Surplus Boats


Title Proper Bids on Surplus Boats
Date(s) 1945
General material designation
This file contains a textual record.
Scope and content
This record is an invitation to purchase surplus military vessels at an auction held at the Esquimalt dockyards in 1945. On the reverse side of the invitation is a list of vessels that are for sale. All ships on the list (“Crest”, “Departure Bay”, Early Field”, “Moresby III”, “Comber”, “Seiner”, “Spray” and “Western Maid”) were previously owned by Japanese Canadians with the exception of the HMCS “Sea Wave”.
Name of creator
Star Shipyard (Mercers) Ltd. created this archive.
Immediate source of acquisition
The digital copies of the records were acquired by the Landscapes of Injustice Research Collective between 2014 and 2018.
This record was digitized selectively.



Bids on Surplus Boats
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