Vancouver Sun Article
VANCOUVER – There’s nothing quick about the SS Master. For one thing, it takes two days to fire up its antique boilers to raise enough steam to leave the dock. And when underway, going from forward to reverse is a production for the 88-year-old tug, compared to today’s whippersnappers, where reversing is accomplished by just moving the throttle.
Helping hands wanted for historic steamship
“Chris Croner isn’t afraid to get his hands dirty and he is looking for like-minded people interested in preserving a significant part of B.C. s maritime history.
The grandparent of the tow boat industry, the steamship Master is currently moored at Britannia Heritage Shipyard, where it will remain for the month of April, and Croner is looking to recruit local volunteers with a passion for antiques and boats to help him in maintaining it.
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For me it all started on a wet cold Monday morning in mid February. I had a job interview in New Westminster. The man in charge was Jim MacDonald. After the guided tour which consisted of dodging the pools of water hanging in the plastic covers of the ship, and being very careful not to fall through the deck which was made up of temporary scaffold planks and plywood, I was told I could start tomorrow.
Mariner Life Magazine
Mariner Life Republished courtesy MARINER LIFE MAGAZINE November 2006 Issue Interview and article by Margaret (Amaryllis) Boyes Chris Croner is a man with many interests and vocations and one of his latest roles as the president CEO of the Steam Ship Master Society sees him acting as guardian of BCs most venerable and celebrated workboat, the SS Master. His journey to this position has been, as the saying goes, a long strange trip but was driven by his deep-rooted desire to give back to the community.
SS Master Member Jim Conwell made two mariner related trips by car in 2007 in the South Atlantic and Gulf States. The first started and ended in Atlanta. The trip took two weeks and covered two thousand miles. The second started and ended in Houston. That trip took three days and covered eight hundred miles.
Charleston, South Carolina
Wilmington, North Carolina
Southport, North Carolina
Beaufort, North Carolina
Outer Banks, North Carolina
Newport News, Virginia
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
New Orleans, Louisiana