Mural Routes Member(s): Chemainus Festival of Murals Society
Artist(s): Frank Lewis, Nancy Lagana & Paul Marcano
Producer: Chemainus Festival of Murals Society
Dimensions: 33m x 4.2m (108’ x14’)
Best Viewed: From just north of the Chemainus Library on Legion St.
“Historical Series #2: Thirty-Three-Metre Collage”
On the left, a crew of stevedores at the Chemainus wharf stands before a fully rigged ship, her sails clewed up for drying. Based on a photograph from 1901, the scene is typical of the busy harbour on any given day. Sailing ships and steamers, as many as five at a time, would be loading or waiting to begin their ‘lay days’.
At the centre, a boom man sorts logs in the slippery danger of the log dump. The mill is portrayed here as it was in 1892; it was the third operation to be built on the site. Owned by the Victoria Lumber & Manufacturing Co. Ltd., it was improved over the years until a fire destroyed it in 1923.
On the right, Engine No. 21 of the V L & M Co. Ltd. rolls off another load into the Chemainus log dump. The year is 1899. The locomotive, a 2-8-0, has already seen two decades of work, having been built for the Pennsylvania Railroad as Engine No. 248 in 1879 (CN 433).
(Please drop by the Chemainus Visitors Centre to buy your Official Mural Guide. Proceeds from the sale go to the Chemainus Festival of Murals Society).
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Where to Find This Mural
Location: 9780 Willow St, Chemainus, BC V0R 1K0, Canada | Get Directions