Richmond Maritime Festival – Aug 2023

On Friday 25 Aug 2023 crewmembers sailed the Delta L/B in the afternoon to Britannia Shipyards for the Richmond Maritime Festival. At arrival, the Delta L/B crew hoisted celebratory flags and prepared the boat for the festival. Mary and John Horton exhibited John’s maritime paintings in the Seine Net Loft. At 18:00 the crew attended a reception with all the boat owners, festival organizers, Richmond council members, Mayor Malcolm Brodie, and MLA Kelly Green. She is the MLA for Richmond-Steveston and also the Parliamentary Secretary for Fisheries and Aquaculture. Both the mayor and MLA gave short speeches welcoming everyone to this recurring festival. 

On Saturday the Delta L/B received many visitors during the day. Children were intrigued by Oscar who was on display on the dock. Also, the bell on the bridge was a great hit with them like in previous years. Every hour John More sounded the bugle call. There was a great interest in the Delta and amazement at the fact that she is still operational. 

On Sunday one of the Canadian Coast Guard hovercrafts came into the harbour for a sail past. Although there were fewer visitors than yesterday the crew was still busy the whole day. Some visitors showed an interest in joining the CLI. Brochures were distributed and names were noted down. At 18:00 the festival came to an end and the crew packed up for the return trip to Ladner harbour. The CLI got a lot of exposure during this weekend and hopefully some new members.