Ikeda, Alert Bay, Prince Rupert, Digby Island, Dead Tree, Triangle Island, Estevan Point, Pachena, Victoria, Gonzales, Cape Lazo
This site is dedicated to the early wireless coast station pioneers scattered along the Pacific coast of Canada from 1908 onwards. These primitive stations, some were very isolated, provided safety communications for vessels at the dawn of the radio/wireless age. By 1909 the Point Grey, Victoria, Pachena, Estevan and Cape Lazo stations were commissioned. Triangle, Ikeda, Prince Rupert, Dead Tree and Alert Bay began operations within a few years afterwards. Google Earth locations.
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Estevan Wireless in early the 1910's.
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West Coast of Canada
Coast Station Wireless 1905-1960
Eventually a communications network of wireless stations would blanket the BC coast. The first four wireless stations, Vancouver, Victoria, Pachena Point and Estevan Point were all operational by January 1908 while Cape Lazo came on line a few months later. By the time the decade was out, Triangle Island, Ikeda Head (Moresby Island), Dead Tree (Graham Island) and Digby Island (Prince Rupert)were added to the list of stations thus wireless coverage along the British Columbia coast was complete.
Within a decade Triangle was shut down and replaced by Bull Harbour. Ikeda met a similar fate. Alert Bay was added to cover the busy inside passage.
In November 1919 all British registered vessels were required to be fitted with a serviceable wireless station and operator.
The history is given in the photos and narratives of the people who were there. All the original staff have passed away now, but their descendants stumble across this site and pass on photos and family information.
Newspaper clippings help fill in some of the blanks.
Resources used are:
Victoria Colonist Newspaper archive,
Victoria Library newspaper microfilms,
British Columbia Government online Archives,
Larry Reid's book "The Story of the West Coast Radio Service", Chameleon Publishing 1992,
Leona Taylor and Dorothy Mindenhall, "Index of Historical Victoria Newspapers, "Victoria's Victoria". It appears these two ladies have leafed through old newspapers and copied marine news relating to Vancouver Island's west coast.
Canadian census documents.
British Columbia commercial directories, such as Henderson's in the 1910's.
Relatives of several radio operators.
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West Coast of Canada 1900-70
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