In 2005 we received
the following link for which we are grateful:
Greetings from Canada
Reference Richard Moody
and the Royal Engineers in British Columbia (1858 - 1863), I
am involved in a group that researches and re-enacts the people
and the times - please see our website at: www.royalengineers.ca
In October 2007 we
received the following email:
Photo found of Mungo Totem Pole
Hello. My name is Ed
Barnes. I live in London, Ontario, Canada. I recently
found an old photo that had fallen out of a book I purchased
at a church bazaar sale. The photo was stamped and dated Nov.
1958. At first, I was unsure what the image could be, until I
started a web search using the date and the photo
studio stamping. I found out the photo studio did exist in Vancouver,
British Columbia, Canada. So I combined the date with the city
name Vancouver, and found that in 1958, three native indians
(one being Mungo Martin) had completed a 100 foot totem pole,
which was to be presented to Queen Elizabeth the second, as part
of British Columbia's centennial celebrations. I later came across
the Thamesweb website about Windsor and the Great Park and found
to my disbelief, pictures of what seems to be the very same totem
pole that now stands in Windsor great Park. Imagine that.
I have included the photograph below. Please do not hesitate
to share this interesting find with others.
Have a great day.
The Barnes Bunch
to Ed Barnes for this picture of the Totem Pole as it was being
made in Canada in 1957-1958
In April 2008 we received
Hello. My name is David
Whitaker. I was born in Coventry, Warwickshire but am now a resident
of Surrey, British Columbia in Canada. Recently I met up with
an old shipmate, Peter Savage, who I had not seen in 50 years
and that meeting prompted some reminiscing including the Totem
Pole at Virginia Water.
In 1954, after two years on the training ship, HMS
Conway, I went to sea on the ships of Furness Withy & Co.
In 1958 I was sailing as Third Mate on board the ship, 'Pacific
Unity. We were a part of a fleet of that company's ships that
carried cargo between Britain and the West Coast of North America.
At that time Peter Savage was a Cadet on the ship.
In April 1958, after loading various commodities
(pigs of lead, slabs of zinc, lumber, bales of woodpulp, rolls
of newsprint, cartons of chilled apples & canned salmon)
in Vancouver and New Westminster we moved to Ogden Point in Victoria
where we loaded the Totem Pole. The drawing below
shows the Pole being loaded aboard the ship.
This drawing appeared
on a page of the Canadian Stevedoring Company calendar for 1959.
The Pole was placed on cradles sitting on lumber that had been
stowed on the starboard side of the foredeck. Afterwards, more
lumber was stowed around and on top of the Pole to protect it
during the voyage. The chains you see on the bulwarks were used
to lash the finished stow to the deck.
After Victoria, the ship loaded more cargo at Seattle
in Washington State, Portland in Oregon then Oakland & Los
Angeles in California before travelling via the Panama Canal
and across the Atlantic to Antwerp, Rotterdam and London. The
Pole was discharged to a lighter in Surrey Commercial Docks before
being towed up the Thames to its final destination.
You will know that the Pole wears a top hat. That
was crated and was stowed elsewhere on the ship. A similar Pole
can be found close beside the Maritime Museum in Vanier Park,
has any other pictures or stories about the Totem Pole in Windsor
Great Park, please contribute to our Totem
Pole Discussion area here
the editor here.