Vancouver in Greater Vancouver Regional District, British Columbia — Canada’s West Coast
64 Pounder Guns
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Military. A significant historical year for this entry is 1878.
Location. 49° 16.778′ N, 123° 6.641′ W. Marker is in Vancouver, British Columbia, in Greater Vancouver Regional District. Marker is at the intersection of Beatty Street and Dunsmuir Street, on the right when traveling north on Beatty Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 620 Beatty Street, Vancouver, British Columbia V6B 2L9, Canada. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Sherman (here, next to this marker); Drill Hall (a few steps from this marker); Ram Mk II (within shouting distance of this marker); 326 West Pender Street (approx. 0.3 kilometers away); BC Permanent Building (approx. 0.3 kilometers Flack Block (approx. 0.3 kilometers away); Here Stood Hamilton (approx. 0.4 kilometers away); Dominion Building (approx. 0.4 kilometers away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Vancouver.
Also see . . . A Proud History. The British Columbia Regiment's website. Their history page provides more context on the events alluded to on the marker: "...The Russo-Turkish War in 1878 had some far-reaching effects that extended as far as the Pacific Ocean. The British Fleet had sailed through the Dardanelles into the Black Sea and threatened war against Russia. The Russians had retaliated by sending a formidable Squadron to the Pacific coast and threatened to attack the Coastal towns of British Columbia. The Russians used San Francisco as their base, and one memorable incident occurred when a Russian cruiser appeared off Esquimalt on a "friendly" visit. With only one small British gunboat present, the Russians could easily have destroyed the British vessel, burned the dockyard and shelled Victoria. In light of the vulnerabilities exposed in this incident, the Admiralty provided spare guns for the protection of the harbours in the area and several defensive batteries (Submitted on March 25, 2012.)
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on March 25, 2012, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California. This page has been viewed 635 times since then and 11 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on March 25, 2012, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.