Scholarship winner explores Delta’s shipbuilding past

A look into the history of shipbuilding in Delta has earned a South Delta Secondary grad this year’s Delta Heritage Advisory Commission scholarship.

Stuart Yahn was presented with the scholarship and a letter of recognition by acting mayor Coun. Dylan Kruger and commission chair Coun. Jeannie Kanakos at the Aug. 26 meeting of Delta council.

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Yahn’s submission spans from reproductions of traditional dugout canoes built by the Tsawwassen First Nation to BC Ferries’ Spirit of British Columbia, which was constructed in 1993.

Yahn is a friend of the Trevisi family which owned and operated Vito Steel Boat and Barge Construction Ltd. on River Road. The family was able to provide photos which were not available in Delta Heritage Society’s collection.

The scholarship of $1,000 goes to support the student’s post-secondary studies. The scholarship was first awarded in 2008 with the objective of encouraging high school students to display an interest in local or regional heritage. It is awarded annually to a graduating secondary student in Delta based on an evaluation of each student’s original piece of work.

“Stuart’s interest in shipbuilding is inspired from his father who co-owns a tugboat company in Delta and Stuart and his father have visited many shipyards throughout B.C.,” said Kruger, while offering congratulations to Yahn on his presentation.

Yahn is going to the University of Victoria in the fall to study history and humanities.




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