The Maritime Museum of B.C. is inviting nominations for the Beaver Medal, an award that recognizes outstanding contributions to the marine sector.
The museum encourages nominations for anyone who has contributed to B.C.’s marine environment.
“This will be the third opportunity for British Columbians to recommend someone whose work has made a major contribution to our province’s diverse maritime scene,” said Jan Drent, who heads the museum's medal project.
The gold-plated medal is struck from copper salvaged from the 19th century paddlewheel steamship S.S. Beaver, built in England in 1835 for the Hudson’s Bay Company.
This iconic vessel pioneered commercial navigation on the B.C. coast as a floating trading post, hydrographic survey ship and towboat.
Nominations for 2014 close on May 15. Nomination information can be found online at mmbc.bc.ca/about-2/s-s-beaver-medal/.