The EVA is a
wooden gill-netter built in 1937. She is
powered by an original two
cylinder Easthope engine. Easthope
was a local company that manufactured some of the first gasoline
engines used to power the West Coast fishing fleet and became a
legend in the industry.
is showing her age and needs some TLC. We want to make sure this piece of
history does not disappear. She was built from very good quality materials -
Western Red Cedar, Yellow Cedar and Douglas Fir to name a few.
She is probably the only vessel in existence to have been
exchanged for an exact replica of herself.
In 1997, Al Mason, a former resident made an interesting trade with
Gus Jacobson, a Finnish fisher with long ties to Finn Slough. Al
agreed to trade a working scale model (29.5 inches) of the
EVA for the
real thing (29.5 feet). Gus had been looking for a good home for
the boat ever since he transferred the EVA's fishing license to his
present gill-netter because of a change in the fishing regulations around 1993 when area fishing was set up on the West Coast.
Gus knew that if a wooden boat is left unused it will deteriorate. Al, a shipwright
who had repaired EVA in the past, had his eye on the boat for
years and jumped at the chance to take ownership. When Al moved away from
the Slough he made sure the EVA went to the Finn Slough Heritage and Wetlands
Society. Kevin, another Finn Slough resident
has upgraded her moorings among many other things.
This is why the Finn
Slough Heritage and Wetland Society and the Village and residents of Finn Slough
would like to preserve the Eva. This beautiful old lady of the Fraser River
needs our help to survive and continue to be a photographer's and historian's
inspiration in this idyllic historic Richmond location.
Funds will be needed to undertake the
professional assessment of repairs needed, removal from the water so repairs can
professional boat builders and shipwrights.
covered dry dock space to work on her.
4.Materials to repair and restore the boat.
repairs on the Easthope engine.
If you wish to donate you
can send an E-transfer to "firstname.lastname@example.org".
Or you can send a cheque to FSHWS, 9480 Dyke Road, Richmond, B.C. V7A 2L4.
Please make the cheque out to FSHWS (Finn Slough Heritage and Wetland Society)
with "Save the EVA" in the memo area. Sorry we cannot give out
tax receipts as we do not have charitable organisation status.
Thank you for
helping to save the EVA!
In the photo below Bob is loading a gillnet onto the EVA
in 1994. The nets are stored and repaired on racks in the net-shed to the right. Perhaps difficult to see, just below the second porthole is the exhaust
for the EASTHOPE two cylinder gas engine. The distinctive pop-pop-pop
is a sound from the past. The first power plant in this boat was the 8-12
horsepower model weighing in at 400 pounds. In the nineteen-forty's it was switched
to a 10-18 HP model weighing almost twice as much. This engine is still in use today.
EVA moves through the
In the video
below Al is bringing the
down from its winter cradle
at Finn Slough for the
summer in April 2008. To get through the
wooden drawbridge to Gilmour
Island it is necessary to
remove five planks, so David
is lifting the last one just
in time. Hear that sound?
That is the sound of EVA's
classic make and break two
cylinder Easthope gas