“What the…?”

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CVA – Air P73.2:  Hoffar H3 Seaplane in Coal Harbour, 1919. (Exposure adjusted slightly by author).

I think this is a terrific shot made by some (today unknown) soul with enough spunk to see the potential of the shot and to just shoot it (in a day when camera technology didn’t often reward such spontaneity)! A pilot appears to be taxiing the Hoffar seaplane into Hoffar Shipyards (1927 W. Georgia Street), which backed onto Coal Harbour, pictured above. (For a decidedly less happy occasion in the career of Hoffar and his shipyards, see this dramatic post).

Hoffar Shipyards (later, Hoffar-Beeching) was ultimately bought by Boeing and became part of Boeing Canada where they built seaplanes and also more conventional seacraft. Boeing maintained the Hoffar site on Georgia Street until World War II when it was moved to a much larger facility at Sea Island.

There is a fact about James Reid Hoffar (1890-1954) of which I wasn’t aware until recently. He was the son of pioneer Vancouver architect, Noble Stonestreet Hoffar (1843-1907) and Sarah Hoffar.

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2 Responses to “What the…?”

  1. Nice Photo, only the caption should read Hoffar H-3 seaplane on Coal Harbour, 1919

  2. mdm says:

    I’m sorry for the delay in making the correction as noted in your comment (and in replying to your comment)! Your comment arrived while I was out of town, and I forgot about it until tonight, while trolling through things left undone on VAIW. Apologies!

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