Photographs from the 2015 Vancouver Wooden Boat Festival at Granville Island

Some History: Beginnings:

The Saravan, a wooden tug boat, was built in1938 at the Stanley Park shipyard in Vancouver, B.C. Saravan was built for Harry Van Froome and was named after his wife, Sara Van Fromme.

Saravan at the 2015 VWBF.

The wooden tug boat worked in local waters for 50 years. During wartime, the Saravan patrolled the waters to protect the naval bast at Esquimalt.

Foredeck & mooring line.

The Ladysmith Maritime Society, from 1988 to 1991, refurbished the Saravan. Upon completion the Saravan was converted into a passenger vessel and provided local harvour tours for visitors.

Helm Station.

In 2010, the Saravan underwent restorations to return her to her original state. During the 1988 to 1991 refurbishment additions had been added.


Forward accommodations still need a little work.


Still working on the galley.


Electrical panel.

Great attention was paid to historical details. As one of the volunteers stated, "We tried very hard to do it right". The restorations were completed in 2012.


Saravan's wheel.

The Saravan now resides at the Ladysmith Maritime Society Marina, to be enjoyed by all.

Saravan's foredeck.

YouTube video of Saravan departing the 2014 Festival for Ladysmith Harbour:

Saravan departs Granville Island for Ladysmith Harbour

Their website is:


Saravan's 2014 VWBF page