Hoffar-Beeching Shipyard, 1915

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City of Vancouver Archives, Air P73.1.

1915
Hoffar-Beeching Shipyard
Adapting to new technology and local geographical realities, Vancouver got its first home-built seaplane in 1915 when the Hoffar Brothers, of the Hoffar-Beeching Shipyard, attached floats to the Curtiss Jenny owned by Vancouver’s first licensed pilot, Billy Stark. This started a new industry, and continued when the brothers built their first seaplane from scratch a year later.

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