Sidney in Capital, British Columbia — Canada’s West Coast
Year of the Ocean
If the Oceans of the world perish, so shall we. This mural was painted in celebration of the "International Year of the Ocean", and is a brief glimpse into the story of ocean science on the west coast. A mere fraction of the story is depicted here.
The mural is a dream of the Ocean, and like a dream it flows across a montage of images floating through space and time. Beginning in the distant past, with an Ancient Navigator lovingly holding our Ocean planet, it ends with a question and our hope for the future:
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[Instruments] Astrolabe, Quadrant, Sextant
"K-4", the first navigational chronometer, was used by Capt. Cook to chart his voyages
Coastline from Pacific charts circa 1700
Cartouche from an early Russian map: "On this Coast in the Year 1741 was Captain Chirikov"
Captain Cook's ship HMS Resolution
Sea ape (drawing from Steller's journals, in the 1800's)
Black smokers (where, it is believed, life originally emerged)
ROPOS, a Canadian unmanned submersible for deep sea
Humpback whale & drift net
Tethered Nuyt suit
Diatoms (red tide)
Pisces III, a Canadian built manned scientific submarine
Ocean warming: 1850 to 2050 (charted at UVIC)
Scientists and crew on the CCGS JP Tully pulling a 1.5 mile long line of equipment and floats from deep in the Pacific
Current meters by Applied Microsystems and ESI Environmental Sensors Inc.
Topex-Poseiden Satellite: for ocean science communications
Solar powered wave meter by Axys Technologies
St. Catherine, a research and weather ship
Pacific viperfish from the benthic zone
Mesocosm: a reminder of an important scientific study undertaken in the Saanich Inlet by IOS
Chaetoceros convoltus: an organism that attacks fish by attaching to their gills
PCB molecule & Dioxin molecules, which persist throughout the marine food chain
Scientific advice and assistance was provided by
The Institute of Ocean Sciences, UVIC, and many other BC science and high tech companies.
Erected by Blackline Maritime Inc.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Animals • Arts, Letters, Music • Environment • Exploration • Science & Medicine • Waterways & Vessels. A significant historical year for this entry is 1700.
Location. 48° 38.896′ N, 123° 23.73′ W. Marker is in Sidney, British Columbia, in Capital. Marker is on 1st Street just north of Bevan Avenue, on the left when traveling north. Marker is on the east wall of Fairway Market. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2531 Beacon Avenue, Sidney BC V8L 1Y1, Canada. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 11 kilometers of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Port of Entry Beacon (about 120 meters away, measured in a direct line); Mayor's Community Builder Awardees at Beacon Park Pavilion (about 150 meters away); Waterfront Industries (about 180 meters away); War Memorial (about 210 meters away); a different marker also named War Memorial (approx. 0.3 kilometers away); Black Pioneers in British Columbia (approx. 8 kilometers away); The Italian Garden (approx. 10.6 kilometers away); Star Pond (approx. 10.6 kilometers away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Sidney.
Credits. This page was last revised on July 21, 2020. It was originally submitted on July 18, 2014, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 423 times since then and 4 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on July 18, 2014, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.