Erected in 1906 at the foot of Lonsdale Avenue, Wallace Shipyards (later known as Burrard Dry Dock) built a number of vessels for both the British and Canadian Royal Navy during the First and Second World Wars, including the first deep-sea steel hull ships constructed in Canada. At its peak in the early 1940s, they employed approximately 13,000 men and 1,000 women. Base materials for this piece were excavated from the site at a depth of 6 meters below ground. On a section of the fish plate, barnacle shells remain as a souvenir from the sea.
Fish Plate, I-Beam and Flange Plates (c. 1916 - 1944), Glass, Light - 11’x5’x29” - 980 lbs.
This piece was recovered 25 feet underground at the site of the old Wallace Shipyards during site excavation for a new waterfront development.