The Sinking of the Valencia: The Tragedy and Beyond

Creator(s): Bamfield Community School Association

When the S.S. Valencia sank off Vancouver Island in 1906, the tragedy served as a catalyst for change. To prevent such a disaster from ever happening again, dramatic improvements were soon made to navigation on the West coast of Vancouver Island. The telegraph trail that had been instrumental in rescue efforts was upgraded; Pachena Lighthouse was built, as well as a lifeboat station at Clo-oose. A boathouse and a boat slip were constructed at Ucluelet lifeboat station and a house, a boat slip and a kitchen annex were added to the Bamfield Creek lifeboat station. While these changes were immediate; others were made over a longer term. This Community Stories exhibit follows the evolution of life in our community of Bamfield since the tragic sinking of the Valencia.

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