Time Line

   Time line of Bowerman's and Harris' life vs what was happening on the wireless stations. This was gleaned from their notes and photos.


Year
Jack Bowerman
Coast Station Activities
Lofty Harris
1886
March 01--born in Bognor Regis, England


1893


November 9--born in Weymouth, Nova Scotia.
1906

Pacific Wireless opens their Gonzales Hill (Victoria) Station. Point Grey, Cape Lazo, Gonzales are chosen for Government Coast Station locations.

1907
Telegraph operator for the British Post Office.
In the summer Estevan and Pachena are confirmed as locations. Site construction at Estevan Point, Cape Lazo, Pachena Point and Gonzales/Victoria.

1908 Seconded to the Hampshire Yeomanry Regiment as a telegraphist.
In early January all the stations, except Cape Lazo, are operational. Cape Lazo comes on line later in the year.

1909
Moves from England to Victoria, BC. Accepts position with United Wireless and eventually-
C. P. Edwards, of the Dominion Government Wireless Office, arrives from Ottawa to arrange for the Prince Rupert, Triangle and Queen Charlotte Island coast station locations. Duplex housing built at Pachena and Estevan Points. 8,444 messages handled by the Pacific Wireless Service.

1910
-gets laid off. Signed on with a halibut schooner for a few months.
Dead Tree Point, Ikeda Head, Triangle Island & Digby Island radio stations are on the air. Operators are now under the authority of the Naval department and have the rank of Warrant Officers. C. P. Edwards becomes a Lt. Commander. Portland Canal area being checked as a wireless link into Stewart B.C.

1911
Joins Government Wireless Service on May 11. Familiarization at Victoria, then posted to Pachena Point for 4 months, then on to Estevan Point.
Probably half dozen vessels fitted with wireless, but the shipping companies are beginning to see the commercial advantages of fitting the equipment. Stations are busy passing commercial and government telegrams up and down the coast.

1912
Jack transfers to Triangle Island in September.
Estevan Point's gasoline engine driven generator is replaced by a diesel to supply power to the new 2 kW transmitter.
Lofty' arrives at his first station, Dead Tree, in March.
1913
at Triangle Island
Alert Bay Radio on the air in the spring.
Transfers out to Digby in June.
1914
In the spring Jack transfers to Alert Bay, and later in the year moves to Digby Island.

March is on Triangle Island.
1915
at Digby Island
British government requires all their vessels over 3000 tons to be fitted with wireless.
In August Lofty moves down to Point Grey.
1916
30 year old Jack is at Digby Island.


1917
at Digby Island. In the early spring, Jack transfers to Eastern Canada for WW1 duties.

After two years at Point Grey, Lofty shifts over to Pachena in October for a week or two then is up to Estevan.
1918
This included duties in the Ottawa Workshop; construction and operating at Bird Rocks; at Montreal assisting
Pachena Point's traffic has dwindled due to Estevan Point's excellent coverage along the west coast and the Pacific Ocean.
Leaves Estevan in February 1918 and shifts up to the Ikeda Station.
1919
with ship inspection duties; eight months on the HMT Oceana; several months at Barrington Passage Wireless. He also spent 3 months at Morley, Alberta installing radios into aircraft.
Triangle Lighthouse shut down but Wireless Station stays. Bull Harbour approved as the new location for Triangle's radio operations.
Departs Ikeda August.

1920
Jack reports to Point Gray in October as Officer in Charge.
Pachena Point radio closed down . Ikeda shuts down at the end of September. Its equipment removed for re-installation at a new station, Bull Harbour.

1921
at Point Gray
At the end of June Bull Harbour Radio begins operations. Triangle Island Radio closes down in June.

1922
at Point Gray
Pachena Point re-opens as a direction finding station. Estevan transmit power increased to 15 kW with a Navy transmitter.

1923
Jack transferred to Estevan Point Radio.
2 kW Poulsen Arc Transmitters installed at Alert Bay and Point Grey in '23/'24. Station in the Merchant's Exchange building in Vancouver installed and operational. Stations begin upgrading from spark to vacuum tube transmitters.
Lofty is in Bull Harbour. 30 years of age.
1924
at Estevan Point
New site at Merry Island light station. Equipment was low power giving coverage in the Sunshine Coast area.

1925
Jack relocated to Vancouver as the Radio Inspector for B.C. (Jack is 39 years old.)


1930


Lofty departs Bull Harbour
1938
Moved to Victoria as the District (BC) Superintendent of Radio, replacing the retiring E.J.Haughton.
50 operators distributed across the stations.

1943


Lofty leaves operating and becomes an Ministry technician installing radio range and beacon stations in BC for the booming air industry
1946
July 03--Receives Order of the British Empire (OBE) for his work.
Sometime in this era Victoria Radio moves from Gonzales northwards about 10km to the Gordon Head area. Building turned over the the Cubs/Scouts.

1951
Retires at 65 years of age.


1958

Pachena Point Radio Station shut down. Estevan relocates to Tofino Airport.



Dead Tree Radio moves to Sandspit, QCI, and is housed with the aeradio station at the airport. Call sign is VAH.

1967

Victoria Radio moves 20km westward to the community of Sooke, BC. Call sign kept as VAK.

1978

Tofino Radio moves to Ucluelet and is amalgamated with the Vessel Traffic Radio. Call sign is still VAE.



Low, mediium and high frequency traffic falls off due to the proliferation of satellite telephone/telex communication systems fitted into vessels.

1981
Jack passes away in his 95th year.


1990's

Victoria Radio (VAK) and Vancouver Radio (VAI) move to Patricia Bay and are amalgamated with Vessel Traffic. All coastal radio traffic is now carried out on very high frequency (VHF) via line of sight distances from mountain top sites scattered along the British Columbia coastal confluence zone. Deep sea vessels handle their own communications via satellites. They have a normal telephone number and can be reached by anyone using a home phone.


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