Jack Bowerman's Photo Album

051   Photo is unlabelled but appears to be the SS Prince Rupert hard aground on Genn Island, 20 kM south of Digby Island on March 23, 1917. Jack was posted to Digby Island at this time and had a small boat.
052   Comparison photo of the SS Prince Rupert from the Maritime Museum of BC.  She went up on Genn Island at 2 AM with a high tide, and "dry docked herself" when the tide went out.  Some hull plates were torn open, flooding the hold.  She was fitted with wireless so help came quickly and all passengers were taken to Prince Rupert the next day.  She was eventually refloated, repaired and returned to service two months later.  She had several serious mishaps, almost one a year, until 1920 when she sank up to the wheelhouse.  By 1921 she was back on her route, until the "next incident".

053   Radio operators at Triangle Island painting their dwelling. From the left are Jack Bowerman, Harold Tee, and Jack Berry.  1913

054   Old Point Grey Wireless operations building in 1921. Jack Bowerman on the left, and it looks like operator Parkin on the right. Jack was the Officer in Charge of this station from 1920 to 1923. In 1923 he was transferred to Estevan Point Wireless.
Building is one of the BC Mills prefab units.  Note the batten strips covering the interlocking edges of the panels.

055   Duplicate of 047.

056   Jack notes in his history that some of the stations had well kept gardens. This photo is verified as the OIC's house at Pachena, sometime before 1948. Thanks to Jon H. for the I.D.

057   Album page. Applicable photos have been scanned and posted elsewhere on this web site.

058   Jack Bowerman with oil can and a stopped engine.  Unknown station.  These engines didn't require too much attention and in the early days were started up when the transmitter was required.  Almost always Fairbanks-Morse engines.  The usual arrangement was to have the belt driven generator sitting on the floor.  Why the belt heads off to the ceiling is unknown.

059   Estevan Point Light and Radio Station. Radio mast is visible to the right of the tower. The actual wireless station building is out of the photo to the right. Fog alarm (horn) building to the left of the tower.
060   Bowerman in the centre of the group. Unknown location, but the three subjects, in the same clothes, are seen just around the corner of the building in photo 172. Photo 138 appears to be the same location with the addition of two other men. I suspect the location is Digby Island.

061   The "Goddard Family" this photo's inscription advises. Jack Bowerman sitting with hands clasped on his knee. Location is unknown but from the construction of the house (hinged windows) and the number of people it doesn't appear to be on a station.

062   This shows Harold Tee minding the Triangle Island station when Jack Bowerman was posted there in 1912-14. Rotary spark transmitter motor operating controls on the left and his receiver on the desk at his elbow. Thin fuse wire is visible between the knife switches and the studs below. 

063   Duplicate with 002.

064   During World War 1 the operators were drafted into the Navy.  It meant a uniform to wear, but made no difference to their posting.  Unfortunately when they were mustered out at the end of the war, their was some consternation as their pay dropped due to being civilians again.

065   Triangle Island beach scene. Pyramid shaped rocks in the back ground are the tip off, and a clue as to the naming of the island.

066   This man most likely Mr. Davis, the light keeper at Triangle Island when Jack was operating there during 1912 to 1914. Seal skin and shot gun in evidence.

067   Jack Bowerman on a train platform.

   068   Department of Transport brass at Patricia Bay Airport (now Victoria YYJ) airport. Date is probably c1940 as evidenced by the cars visible in the distance. Photo 047 was taken at the same time, the only difference being the right hand person has swapped out to take the photo. The chap with the aviator sun glasses is probably the pilot. Next to him is Stevenson and I suspect the middle person is Walter Rush, Ottawa Ministry of Transport brass.

   069   Photo 069 & 070 are labeled as Estevan Light and Weather Station. The poured concrete tower, re-enforced with flying buttresses, was built with ingenuity and muscle power alone.
070   The rotating Fresnel lens was about 7 feet high and 6 feet in diameter. Rotation was accomplished by a clockwork mechanism, driven by a weight that descended down the centre of the tower. The lens assembly floated on a bathtub of mercury to provide a frictionless bearing. Lightkeeper was required to wind the weights several times in a 24 hour period as the mechanism had no motor. I've heard the keepers would sleep at the base of the tower so that the slowly descending weight would land on his bed and wake him up.

071   Pachena Point radio direction finding station. Loops have been drawn in on the original to make them visible. The hut underneath the centre of the loops housed the receiving apparatus.

072   Another view of Pachena Point. DF station was built 1922.

073   Another photo of Pachena Point radio direction finding station view, showing the antenna loops.
074   Construction at Pachena Point.
075   Clearing at Pachena Point.