UPDATED: Ships to Shore could set sail for Steveston

The Adventuress at Ships to Shore in 2013. - Cliff Gold
The Adventuress at Ships to Shore in 2013.
— image credit: Cliff Gold

Steveston will again host a pair of big maritime events this summer, if city council approves a request to spend $430,000 to bring them back to the shores of the Fraser.

On Tuesday city staff floated this year’s plans for the Ships to Shore and Richmond Maritime Festival—two city-organized events that drew thousands of spectators and the likes of 100-year-old tall ship Adventuress last year.

City council’s parks committee endorsed the spending—which is used for event programming and marketing, and to lure one-of-a-kind vessels here—and council is expected to ratify the vote Feb. 11.

Ships to Shore is tentatively scheduled for June 29 to July 1 at Imperial landing and Britannia Shipyards, while the Richmond Maritime Festival has a date with the shipyards Aug. 8 to 10.

“The two events have been identified as signature summertime destinations that attract residents and visitors, showcase Richmond’s arts, culture and heritage, and create an active, vibrant Steveston waterfront,” said Jane Fernyhough, director of arts, culture and heritage services, in her written pitch to a council committee Tuesday.

Last year the two festivals attracted thousands of visitors who were treated to the sights and sounds of 25 vessels, along with other entertainment.

Ships to Shore drew the 133-foot Adventuress last year, along with the HMCS Oriole, the Canadian Navy’s sail training vessel and longest serving commissioned ship. Maritime fest, meanwhile, showcased the classically-masted Lady Washington, along with Jolly Roger—the boat from the set of the Steveston-filmed TV series Once Upon a Time.

According to Fernyhough, the city has “positive interest” from an “exciting mix of vessels” for this summer. She also noted city spending could be offset by potential sponsorships and grants.

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