In March of 1988 The Texada Island Heritage
Society made application to the Texada Island Branch of the Royal
Canadian Legion for use of the abandoned War Memorial Cenotaph in
Van Anda Bay for the purpose of a Historical Site Cairn. Once the
application was granted, the Society proceeded to obtain additional
permits, funding, grants and volunteer labour, which would be needed
to complete the project. Resurfaced with native Texada Island rock
which was embedded in concrete and each side having a plaque
attached, a new guard railing and the grounds improved the cairn was
completed in 1992.
Accession Number: 2006.90.09 Title: Front view of Cairn
Accession Number: 2006.90.10 Title: Front right corner view
Accession Number: 2006.90.11
This cenotaph was
erected in 1952 by The Royal Canadian Legion Branch 232 – Given to
the Texada Island Heritage Society in 1988 to become this Memorial.
– Financially assisted by the Ministry of Municipal Affairs,
Recreation and Culture through the British Columbia Heritage Trust
and British Columbia Lotteries.
Accession Number: 2006.90.12 Plaque Reads:
Here the Union
Steamship Cheslakee docked in the early hours of January 7, 1913.
She started out for Powell River but fierce southeast winds made her
list, causing deck cargo to shift and seas to enter open midship
ports. Captain Jack Cockle returned to the wharf and put 90 people
ashore, some heroically rescued by himself. The ship sank rapidly,
drowning the cook, two loggers, a mother and her child, and two
schoolteachers who would not leave their cabin improperly dressed.
Some believe that anonymous loggers were also drowned, confined
The Cheslakee was
salvaged and become the first west coast vessel to be “Stretched”
with a new center section. It was renamed Union Steamship Cheakamus,
served as a troop transport in W.W.11, and was scrapped in the late
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