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Cates tugboats

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Cates towing is an old company that has been a big part of the marine history in Vancouver for a full century. This is a composite drawing featuring Charles Cates one of the originals in the company which was run by the family into the 1990’s.

They had tugs of all types from “the little tug that could” wooden coal burners up to the almost ballet like Z-pellers.

It is now owned by an international company and has lost it’s unique identity so this is a little bow to the company and the early mariners.

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March 20, 2008 at 4:54 pm

longhorn

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 Near Glen Valley I came across this white longhorn, at what seemed to be a working farm. Usually, these days longhorned cattle are only on hobby farms of those who love the romance of the old time cowboy. After all who wants to deal with those formidable horns when you are trying to make a living.

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March 15, 2008 at 10:16 pm

Richards Street

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This old house was right in the centre of downtown Vancouver in amongst night clubs and retail. I did this sketch early one Sunday morning and was fortunate enough to meet the owner. He was a retired truck driver and loved his crafty little workshop

For many years you could tell when winter was coming as all the bird houses and decorative bits and pieces would disappear. When they reappeared all freshly painted it was at least as good an indicator of spring as the first robin.

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March 9, 2008 at 11:42 pm

Flood Watch

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Fraser River Flood watch


The spring of 2007 promised high water with predicted flooding along the Fraser River in B.C. A farmer whose land was particularly vulnerable used his humor to deal with the impending disaster, producing this wonderful and well equipped character.

Now, a couple of seasons later he is still on duty but looking a little “worse for the wear”. Slumped and bored he just won’t stop, move over energizer bunny! 

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February 27, 2008 at 3:43 am

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November 2, 2007 at 6:55 pm

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butterfly girl

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girl on grass-01

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September 9, 2007 at 9:37 pm

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February 9, 2007 at 10:54 pm

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