This morning the Mission to Seafarers – Flying Angel Club ( http://www.flyingangel.ca/) and TYMAC Launch Services organized the annual presents to sailors delivery of holiday gifts and presents to crew and staff on vessels on anchor and in port throughout Vancouver. This annual event has been held in different forms by the Mission and Tymac since the 70s and this year was no exception.
Setting off at 9 from the foot of Main Street at the Tymac tug terminal and am led by Anglican Rev Peter Smyth (Port Chaplain for the Mission to Seafarers), Deacon Dileep Athaide (Roman Catholic Church – Chaplains) and Stephen David (TYMAC) the teams on two boats made their way to the cargo vessels on anchor in English Bay. Moving from ship to ship and dropping off packages for the crew at each vessel they delivered over 400 presents to the nearly two dozen vessels in the harbor.
For each boat, some of whom were expecting presents and some who were quite surprised the gantry was lowered and the team embarked with bags of presents. Wrapped and encased in waterproof bags these were hand delivered to the ship crew whose smiles were beaming at the surprise. The crew on these ships bring us 90% of everything we own and work for generally 9 months straight with no real time off, something that is felt even more during the holiday season.
A fire at one of the Vancouver’s downtown homeless housing shelters at a former Vancouver Quality Inn located at 1335 Howe Street, near the Granville Street bridge today took a life of one of the residents there.
The fire which broke out early this evening at the Howe Street site ( a hotel converted by the City of Vancouver in 2014 ) which provides spaces for up to 175 residents was localized to a single room/floor. The fire led to a closure of Howe Street from Davie to Pacific, and Drake from Granville to Hornby Streets. The Vancouver Police, Fire and Ambulance Departments arrived on site were unable to save the victim who was found dead.
The cause of death has not been released but speaking to the emergency response teams it appears that personal possessions and a mattress in a private room caught fire and led to the death.
The Howe Street facility was converted in 2014 along with a number of other facilities by the City of Vancouver to house the city’s homeless who were camping at areas such as the Oppenheimer Park.