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Restoration Crew

From left to right are Bruce Andersen, Vic Andersen, Ron Macdonald, Glenn Ashby and Buford Haines; (Don Nelson not shown). This is the 6 man team who rebuilt the BCP45, the vessel in the Maritime Heritage Centre. Buford, being the master boat builder who offered to take on the responsibility of the vessel's reconstruction, agreed to work on one condition - that there would be no paid help on the job.  It would be an entirely volunteer project. And this would not have been the first time Buford repaired the BCP45. In about 1966 he added some new deck beams and rebuilt part of the galley.

"I’ve known the ship since I was a kid," he once said.  In his 80's at the time, he had been building boats since he was 13 years old. Buford and the crew claimed it would have been easier to build a brand new seine boat than to replace so much of the 45’s structure. To do so however would have lost all of its heritage value. When asked "What surprises have you encountered during the reconstruction?" Buford paused to give the question a shipwright’s careful thought.

"No great surprises," he replied, “but working with this crew has been a great pleasure.” The crew started work at 7am each morning and usually stopped at 11am. All were retirees. They worked without any payment except the satisfaction of the job itself. The crew worked on the BCP45 for just over 3 years and in the end donated over 15,000 man hours of labour, used in excess of 20,000 board feet of yellow cedar and 8,000 stainless steel fasteners to hold the cedar in place.  The total cash out-lay for the project was approximately $27,000 in comparison to the $1,250,000 estimate to have the BCP45 restored in a commercial boat yard.