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Vancouver company creates barge T-shirts to help those impacted by recent flooding

It's a wearable meme...with a special twist.

“As the world crumbles, burns, and floods all around us, sometimes all you can do is… make a meme.”

That’s 6-OH-4 Clothing’s take on their latest T-shirt design which features a photo of Vancouver’s English Bay Barge along with text that reads: “Sorry to barge in.”

On Nov. 14 the barge made quite a splash in Vancouver when strong winds washed the vessel onto the shores of Sunset Beach. Since its arrival, the barge has made national headlines, spawned its own social media presence and has become a favourite hangout spot among locals

The T-shirt is one of many memes that have been created around the barge but this wearable meme comes with a special twist.

“With every sale, partial proceeds will be donated to @redcrosscanada to aid those affected by the severe flooding throughout B.C.,” 6-OH-4 Clothing wrote in a recent social media post.


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A post shared by 6-OH-4 (@6oh4clothing)

Despite reports that the barge would be removed on Sunday, Nov. 21, the hulking would-be landmark remains and as long as it does the shirts will keep being sold.

“As long as this thing is sticking around, I’m going to keep selling these shirts,” the post continues. “It’s quickly turning into a fan favourite print and I couldn’t be more flattered!”

A spokesperson for Sentry Marine Towing, the company that owns the barge, recently told Vancouver Is Awesome the barge likely won’t move until Dec. 6. That’s when a king tide, a tide that’s much larger than usual, is expected to raise the water levels around the barge.

"Mother Nature put it there and we need Mother Nature to give us a hand getting it off," the spokesperson said.

V.I.A. is also selling a barge T-shirt designed by local artist Tyler Quarles.

With files from Brendan Kergin