Boeing Canada, Vancouver BC

(formerly the Hoffar Motor Boat Company and Hoffar-Beeching)

Most recent update: January 31, 2016.


The Hoffar Motor Boat Company was started by James Hoffar, a well-known dealer in marine engines, in the 1900s.  The yard was at 1927 West Georgia, in the Coal Harbour district of Vancouver.  In 1925, he merged the yard with the neighbouring Beeching Boat Yard, and became Hoffar-Beeching.  In addition to building yachts and fishing vessels, Hoffar was intrigued by the idea of seaplanes and built several.  Then, in 1929, Boeing bought Hoffar-Beeching and renamed it Boeing Canada.  Their plan was to build seaplanes there, which they did, but they continued to build boats too, until WWII came, they moved to the huge Sea Island assembly plant and closed the boatyard.  See the record of their U.S. boatyard here.  If anyone has any data to add to the table below, please send it to me at timcolton@aol.com

Hull # O.N. Original Name Original Owner Vessel Type GT Built

Disposition

Built by Hoffar Motor Boat Company

  130448 Wimbril Gilbert D. Jukes Yacht 9 1911 Retired 2010
  130693 Sterling D John Plowman Tug 11 1911 Later Tug No. 2, now Vicki
  130759 Leonard M Leonard C. Miles Yacht 15 1911 Later Tonelle, Eagle Wings, retired 2010
  141817 Ailsa II Bob Granger Sloop 9 1911 Retired 1920
    Walithy I   Power Boat 32 1918 Later Odalisque (US ON 253820)
  141026 Aliford Bay D. T. Sanderson Seiner 71 1918 Retired 2008
  154826 Froggie   Yacht 15 1919 Active
  141725 Repco Mainland Timber Fishing Vessel 12 1920 Now Harmony
  150429 Sannie II Sannie Transportation Work Boat  5 1921 Retired
  150435 Sannie III Sannie Transportation Work Boat  5 1921 Retired
    Alder Dept. of Lands Patrol Boat 7 1921 Sold 1947
    Balsam Dept. of Lands Patrol Boat 7 1921 Sold 1947
  150443 F. G. Oak Dept. of Lands Patrol Boat 7 1921 Later Sanyl, retired 2010
  150653 Privateer Isadore Claman Yacht 12 1922 Active
  150988 Mandalay B. George Beeching Yacht 21 1923 Active
  151066 Point Upwood       1923 Retired 1987
  151134 Ariel III James F. Malkin Work Boat 11 1923 Active
  151177 Rendezvous Columbia Coast Mission Work Boat 12 1924 Later Tari Jacque, retired 2010
  152547 Geolande Hugh MacKay Power Cruiser 5 1924 Later Dawn's Ark, retired 2008
  152809 Willeena F Gordon Farrell Yacht 20 1925 Retired 2010
    Kathleen III G. E. Williamson  Yacht      
    Scaramouche A. H. Buck  Yacht      

Built by Hoffar-Beeching

  154927 Blue Fox Hudson Bay Co. Fishing Vessel  4 1925 Retired 2008
  153045 Koprino   Fishing Vessel 87 1926 Retired 2012
  153058 Cape Ball   Fishing Vessel 49 1926 Active
  153059 Cape Calvert   Fishing Vessel 49 1926 Retired 1987
  153186 Lady Bug Arthur Taylor Work Boat 9 1926 Active
  153199 Koskeemo   Fishing Vessel 87 1926 Retired
  154344 Malolo Ronald Wilson Work Boat 2 1927 Retired 1965
  154348 Red Arrow H. S. Wilder Work Boat   1927 Retired
  154374 East Bay No. 1 East Bay Packing Seiner 35 1927 Retired 1950
  154424 Jolly B       1927 Retired 2001
  154425 PML 4 B. C. Prov. Police Patrol Boat 6 1927 Later ML 4, retired 1999
  154533 B.C.P. III B. C. Packers Work Boat 9 1927 Exploded 1931
  154534 B.C.P. IV B. C. Packers Work Boat 9 1927 Burnt 1934
  154538 Roscrana C. G. Beeching Work Boat  7 1927 Retired 2008
  154547 Willowbee G George E. Gudewill Power Boat  48 1927 Later Aileen, Alice B, Lena K, retired 1998
  154572 Regah Canadian Fishing Co. Power Boat 12 1927 Retired
  154574 Mamita C. H. Belanger Recreational  17 1927 To US flag as Dandy Too (ON 1110723)
  154635 Shelmerdine W. M. Ridley   7 1927 Exploded 1932
  154642 Clayoquot Taylor Shipping Freighter  69 1927 Later Mary Tayler, Western Princess, Clayoquot, R.P.M., retired 2008
  154649 Nasoga Dept. of Fisheries Power Boat 21 1928 Later Senepa, retired 2004
  154650 Beldis Dept. of Nat'l. Revenue Patrol Boat 21 1928 Active
  154651 Pursepa Dept. of Fisheries Power Boat 21 1928 Active
  154668 Kablewee Edward McGlachan Power Boat 7 1928 Active
  154674 Goglu G. L. H. Boyer Power Boat 7 1927 Active
  154690 Northern Light I Taylor Shipping Power Boat 21 1928 Later Nodlew I, Trasnagh II, Yonder, retired 1999
  154736 PML 5 B. C. Prov. Police Patrol Boat 6 1928 Later ML 5, Chispa
  154737 Deerleap Andrew W. McLimont Power Cruiser 59 1928 Later Quenca, Fifer, Grampian, Kitten F, Barbara O'H, Bardick, Fifer, active
  154828 PML 6 B. C. Prov. Police Patrol Boat 22 1928 Later ML 6, Dali-Anne
  154911 C. R. Garner Charles R. Garner Work Boat 4 1928  
  154912 Blue Goose John Harford Work Boat 4 1928  
  154929 Cancolim American Can Co. Power Cruiser 66 1928 To RCN 1942 as HMCS Cancolim, sold 1946 as Carol 2
  155072 Coast Quarries Jr. Coast Quarries Ltd.  Tug 4 1928 In collision and sank 1945
  155099 Peter Pan David N. Hossie Power Boat 12 1929 Retired
  155105 Le Martinet Edward McGlachan Power Boat 13 1928 Retired
  155255 Mable C John Churchland Work Boat 11 1929 Retired
  155257 Mt. Brunswick St. Mark's Parish Mission Boat 9 1929 Retired
  155258 Timreh Reginald H. Tupper Tug 9 1929 Retired 2008
  155277 Cloyah II Dept. of Fisheries Fishing Vessel 19 1929 Active
  155278 Swantail II Dept. of Fisheries Work Boat  19 1929 Retired 2008
  156630 Canadian II W. C. Shelley Recreational  148 1929 Later Seyelyn II 1931, to USN 1942, sold 1951 as Nechako, Cora Marie 1983
  US flag Deerleap Richard Gardner Recreational 91 1929 Active (US ON 281517)

Built by Boeing Canada

  158297 Constanter   Yacht 25 1929 Later Deirdre, Blueback, Constanter, retired 2011
  158598 Hulakai Boeing Canada Yacht 25 1929 To U.S. registry 2008 (ON 1216874)
  158914 Vanisle BC Packers Fishpacker 83 1929 To RCN 1942 as HMCS Vanisle, returned 1945, later B.C.P. 50, Pacific Grizzly, sank 2014
  156875 Taconite Taconite Ltd. Yacht 289 1930 Active
  156888 Nonchalant Boeing Canada Yacht 24 1930 To US flag 2003 (ON 247230)
  837922 Clupea II Dept. of Fisheries Patrol Boat 14 1930 Sold 1959, active
  156908 Wyrill Pacific Mills Yacht 50 1931 To US flag 1999 (ON 289827)
  157211 N. Vancouver Ferry No. 4 City of N. Vancouver Ferry 418 1931 Later Prince Rupert Airport Ferry, Digby Island Ferry, sank 1972
  UK flag Mavourneen   Schooner 21 1934 To US flag as Landfall II (ON 234648)
  158571 Bonilla Rock No. 2 Dept. of Fisheries Patrol Boat 23 1935 Retired 2010
  158589 G.P.L. No. 5       1935 Retired 1984
  158594 Green Light Western Towing Work Boat 16 1935 Later Khusam
  158896 Goodson Goodwin Johnson Tug 5 1936 Now Sea Bee III
  158911 San Juan I Empire Fishing Seiner 90 1936 Active
  158939 Tarquin       1936 Retired 2000
  170392 Stanpoint Standard Shipping Tug 68 1937 Later Broughton Straits, wrecked and abandoned 1954
  170399 Barmar Standard Shipping Tug 38 1937 To RCN 1940 as HMCS Barmar, returned 1945, later H.C. 115, now Clavella
  170413 Snow Prince Nootka Packing Seiner 88 1937 To RCN 1941, to RCAF 1942, sold 1946, active
  170417 Adriatic Star Walter Carr Seiner 92 1937 Active
  170418 Snow Fall Canadian Fishing Co. Seiner 51 1937 Active
  170764 M172/Scoter R.C.A.F. Patrol Boat 11 1937 To D.P.W. 1947, retired 2004
  170937 Twin Isles Maquinna Investments Work Boat 25 1937 To RCN 1940 as HMCS Andamara, later yacht Sylva Queen
  170931 B.C.P. 52 BC Packers Fishboat 89 1938 Retired 1984
  170946 Bligh Island   Fishpacker 109 1938 Active
  170965 Fishtrap BC Min. of Lands Fishboat 18 1938 Later Dogwood, Annadot
  172349 Pacific Queen       1940  
  174071 La Garde Vancouver Tug Tug 128 1942 Later North Arm Guardian