On a beautiful summer evening (July 11, 2019) a group of some 90 friends and supporters of the local Vancouver Seafarers Centre set out on a cruise of the port and its numerous terminals aboard the Magic Hornblower. Most of those who joined the cruise were members of the Christian Reformed and Anglican Churches, and mainly from the Lower Mainland.
The cruise launched from Coal Harbour in downtown Vancouver, and worked its way inland up the Burrard Inlet. From the Canada Place cruise ship terminal we sailed all along the south coast past the Ironworkers Memorial Bridge.
Beyond the bridge we saw several of the liquid bulk (mainly petroleum) terminals, as well as a train passing alongside the port with its cargo for one of the terminals.
We returned following the North Shore, on the way learning that the Port of Vancouver is the most diverse port in North America, with the most varied cargo passing through its shores of any other port on the continent.
The evening offered a great opportunity to enjoy fellowship with old friend and new – over delicious snacks and drinks provided on board.
Thanks to the chaplains at the Seafarers Centre who helped to organize and run the evening. Deacon Dileep Athaide of the Roman Catholic Apostleship of the Sea was, unfortunately, unable to join us for the evening.
Serving seafarers from all over the world in the love of Christ is what this ministry is all about. They come to Vancouver aboard the many international cargo ships that ply our waters each and every day
Thanks to all who joined us for this delightful and memorable evening. Thanks for your support. Keep praying for this ministry, and for the many seafarers it represents.
picture credits: Jennifer Roosma