Jon Crispin's Notebook

Pia and Flying Angel Seafarers Club

Posted in Buildings, Cities, Friends, History, People, Ships, Travel by joncrispin on 16/04/2012

I spent a fantastic couple of hours with Pia Massie walking around the completely non-touristy parts of Vancouver.  We started in Gastown and went to the area that is mostly inhabited by addicts and street people.  She really knows her way around and it was fascinating.  Her latest work is a documentary about Canadians of Japanese descent who were forcibly moved from the area just after Pearl Harbor.   Everything was taken from them and they and have never returned as a community.  There are still remnants of their lives if you know where to look, as in the name underneath a doormat at the entrance to this building.

We ended up at the Flying Angel Seafarers Club, which is as close as one can get to the port without encountering pretty heavy security.  Unless you knew it was here, you might never find it.  An amazingly beautiful building and since there was a sign on the front that said open, we went in.  A volunteer named Frank gave us the grand tour and we learned a ton.  Here is a link.  I was especially taken by this book which is in a glass case at the front of the building.

Here is a description of its purpose.

Very touching. /  We fly home tomorrow.  Thanks Pia for the tour.  It was great fun.

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  1. Pia Massie said, on 17/04/2012 at 12:26 am

    Thank you for such a wonderful roaming conversation and exploration of hidden histories, Jon. Such inspiring fun – The Flying Angels club was a magic bit of time travel and Frank our guide was such a classic.

  2. Lorien Shaw said, on 17/04/2012 at 2:04 am

    If you have the opportunity, the Marine Building at 355 Burrard St. in downtown Vancouver is not to be missed. The Art Deco details of the architecture are nothing less than breathtaking.

  3. Wendy said, on 07/05/2012 at 3:05 pm

    Interesting I’ve lived in the Greater Vancouver Area my whole life and have never seen/heard about the Flying Angel Seafarers Club… Very cool

    • joncrispin said, on 07/05/2012 at 3:49 pm

      Wendy, it’s worth a visit if you get down that way. The people are very welcoming. Thanks, Jon

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