Gibson, Captain Albert oral history interviews

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Fraser River
MV Samson V
marine navigation

Albert Gibson was captain of the Samson V in the 1970s and worked at the Canadian Public Wharfs on Columbia St for 10 years. He started his marine career as a young boy in the post- World War II years and was given the nickname “Junior,” a name that he went by for most of his career. The interview covers a description of the Samson V, some of the challenges of driving a boat with a steam engine, and his duties as a captain. Gibson also shares the difficulties navigating both by car and boat in the smog created by beehive burners and coal in the 1950s. Companies mentioned include are Gilley Brothers, Marpole Towing, Army & Navy, the grocery store at the Kelly Douglas Building on Columbia St and the New Westminster City Market.

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Interview with Albert Gibson