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1910-1970; predominant 1940-1965 (Creation)
- Star Shipyard (Mercers) Ltd.
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Star Shipyard (Mercers) Ltd. was founded in 1908 by two Newfoundlanders, Edward Mercer and William Mercer, who had relocated to New Westminster. Incorporated in BC (#10387), the operation was located at 61 Duncan Street, New Westminster (Queensborough), at the east end of Lulu Island. The business continued as a partnership between the two brothers until 1927 when it was reorganized on a limited liability basis after Edward Mercer's sons, W. E. Arthur Mercer and Gordon Archibald Mercer, purchased their uncle's share.
Star Shipyard constructed wooden and steel vessels up to approximately 170 feet (52 meters) in length. They specialized in fishing boats, sternwheelers, tugs and scows for the coastal trade. During the Second World War, warships and other naval craft were constructed for the British, Russian and Canadian navies. The shipyard continued as a family business until 1970 when it was sold to Grant Asplin of Fort Brie, Ontario. As of Oct. 20, 1970 it became Plimsoll Holdings Ltd. The company was dissolved on February 6, 1976.
Edward Mercer died in New Westminster on March 4, 1954. W. E. Arthur Mercer died in White Rock, B.C. on September 7, 1978. Gordon A. Mercer died in New Westminster on May 17, 1985.
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The fonds consists of the records of Star Shipyard (Mercers) Ltd. and includes textual records, photographs, architectural plans and drawings, and audio recordings. The records date from just after the founding of the company in 1908 until it was sold in 1970, however most of the records date from after the late 1930s.
Textual records include general correspondence, financial and employment records, and records concerning contracts for the construction, repair and refit of ships. These include bound office record books (journals and ledger books), which record information such as employee time worked on projects, specific construction projects or “jobs,” salary and payroll records, cheques paid out, ledgers organized by account holders, bank books, monthly time books, and annual statistics reports.
Photographs, almost all black and white, include images of ship exteriors and interiors, ship construction and repair, views of the shipyard, workers, owners, launching/christening ceremonies, dignitaries, and the New Westminster and Vancouver waterfronts. A large number of photos were produced by the Stride Studios of New Westminster.
The fonds consists of many records relating to ship launchings, including photographs, audio tapes, a radio script, invitations and event programs.
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Related materials: PR-0997 - W.E. Arthur Mercer fonds.