Bones Bay (B.C.)



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[Columbia Coast Mission, 1936]

Documentary. "The Columbia Coast Mission boat making its rounds near Alert Bay, Vancouver Island. A number of small settlements, with fishboats, are seen in the distance. They are visited, then left. Bones Bay is visited. Shots of fishermen working on wharf outside Bones Bay Cannery. Village Island is visited, as is Mrs. Kathleen O'Brien, M.B.E., who lives on the Reserve and works for the Anglican Church. Shots of the church and the main street. Logging show with steam donkey. Scenes of logs being felled, yarded with a spar tree and donkey, and loaded onto rail cars pulled by small diesel locomotive. Logs being delivered to a long pier and dumped into salt-chuck. Ship, the 'Venture', at the end of the wharf, and leaving. Burial at sea, performed on the Mission boat with flag at half-mast and with red ensign covering body. Families up the coast living on floats in sheltered bays while the men are away logging. Kids going to school on motor launch. A long caption details how accidents are reported to the hospital ship 'Columbia' from an isolated logging camp via the Dominion Government Radio Station at Alert Bay, and how the boat is despatched immediately to lend assistance. The exact story concerns a picnic during which a young boy hurts his foot badly. Probably the whole episode was dramatized, but only the opening sequences remain: the wounded boy in a launch with his family, a man running along rails to a logging camp where he makes use of the radio telephone, a man in Alert Bay on the other end sending an alert out to the 'Columbia'." (Colin Browne)