|Alec Unwin’s “Via Vancouver: Canada’s Transpacific Maritime Mails” exhibit describes the carriage of mail between Canada and both the Orient and Australasia through the British Columbia ports of Vancouver and Victoria. The exhibit is a pioneer display of material related to these truly Canadian, international mail routes. Before the completion of the Canadian Pacific Railway, Canadian mail to the Orient went either east to London, England or south to San Francisco. After CPR service to the west coast started in 1886, it became possible to have all-British mail routes from Great Britain to both Japan (and other countries in the Orient), Australia and New Zealand by establishing shipping lines from British Columbia across the Pacific. Direct mail service between British Columbia and Japan started in 1887 and to Australasia in 1893. These shipping lines and the mail they carried are the topic of this exhibit. Ship arrivals in Victoria and Vancouver were newsworthy events. British Columbia residents took an interest in the ships, and this interest is reflected in Alec’s exhibit, which is organized around the individual ships. Each cover in his collection is a piece of maritime history.
Alec Unwin was the serving Secretary of BNAPS at the time of his death at age 70 on 24 January 2000. Alec was a very dedicated BNAPS officer, and very active in other philatelic organizations. He won national and international awards with his exhibit “Transpacific Mail ‘Via Vancouver’ Canadian Pacific Steamships Ltd. and Canadian Australian Line”. He also won an Apfelbaum award for best article of the year in <cite>American Philatelist </cite> for “Canada’s Pacific Maritime Mails,” in May 1996. He lectured on the maritime mails at PACIFIC ’97 and for the Collectors Club of New York, among other venues. He always found time to always make a prompt response to inquiries, even though busy with all his philatelic endeavors.
Alec was born in 1929 in Prague, Czechoslovakia. He was raised in England, and moved to Canada in 1947 where he earned a Master of Science degree in physics from the University of British Columbia. He worked for Northern Electric in Montreal until 1958, when he moved to Bellevue, WA, to accept a position with the Boeing Company. He retired from Boeing in 1995 after 37 years as a professional engineer.
152 pages, 8.5″x11″, spiral bound
|Dimensions||11 × 8.5 × 2.8125 cm|