The start of this event can appear chaotic but we have certain constraints that we must accept, the main one being the arrival and departure of the ferry MV Coho. Until the MV Coho has departed, NO VESSEL SHOULD LEAVE ITS BERTH. The only exception to this is the Salute Vessel.
All vessels are asked to take the salute of the Honorary Commodore David Featherby who will be aboard the Salute Vessel.
The salute is made by “dipping” or lowering the boat’s ensign to one third from lower end of the hoist. The ensign should be left in that position until the Salute Vessel returns the salute in a like manner. It is the custom for all Canadian and other foreign vessels, other than those from the US, to salute in this manner. It is not the custom for the Stars and Stripes. US vessels may dip their yachting ensign. Crews should be at attention, side by side along the rail facing the Commodore. Skippers only present the naval salute, palm down. Small sailing vessels may wish to luff the main sail or fly the jib.
The Festival Salute Vessel 2017
Midnight Sun was built in 1938 for Nootka Packing Company at North Van Ship Repair Ltd. which later became part of Burrard Drydock. She was built as a table seiner and packed herring and pilchards in the early days. In the late 1940's she operated as a herring and salmon seiner. She has fished from the Bering Sea (Alaska) to the US West Coast.
She is 80 feet overall in length with a beam of 22 feet and a draft of 12 feet. She fished for the Floe family of Vancouver from 1949 to 1994. In 2001 she was purchased by David and Emma Doig as a working boat and converted into a workboat/yacht from 2001-2005.
The work commenced in May 2001 at French Creek on Vancouver Island, BC. Midnight Sun was eventually moved to Steveston, BC, outside of Vancouver to complete the conversion/refit. A complete shop was constructed for the project. With the work force of local tradesmen, the project continued through to 2005. Brad Scott of French Creek served as Project Manager supervising hundreds of different trades performing tens of thousands of different tasks.
Starting out over budget, this problem was soon remedied by the total abandonment of any attempt to budget. The end result is an 80 foot, 200 ton classic vessel with ultra modern systems and ocean-crossing capabilities.
Her traditional work boat lines and construction give her outstanding sea keeping abilities. Midnight Sun is truly a one of a kind vessel.
Currently home port is Vancouver, Canada. Midnight Sun is Transport Canada certified as a passenger carrying vessel.