Article in the October 2020 Magazine of the Naval Association of Canada – Startshell. Read more at: https://www.navalassoc.ca/naval-affairs/starshell/ page 68
John Horton is the person you’d be really glad to see if your boat was taking on water off the coast of British Columbia. He skippers the 52-foot Delta Lifeboat, a volunteer leading volunteers ready to come to the rescue of sailors in need….
Read the full story at: https://thetyee.ca/Culture/2020/08/18/John-Horton-Painter-Saves-Lives/
On August 4, 2020 David Martin, freelance videographer on contract to Knowledge Network, visited my studio to film an interview that will be broadcast later in 2020.
The interview emphasized the importance of Knowledge in our TV viewing. And in the interview I also encourage others to financially support Knowledge and become “Partners”. The funding supports the fabulous learning and entertainment programmes that we enjoy on Knowledge.
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A press release from the Government of BC
“As we celebrate B.C. Day, I want to recognize the efforts, achievements and accomplishments of this year’s Order of British Columbia recipients,” said Premier John Horgan. “Congratulations on receiving this well-deserved honour. Your many contributions have enriched the lives of British Columbians and helped make our province an even better place.”
Read more here
In 2017 we moved our vessel, the Steveston Lifeboat, to Ladner, a small riverside community in the City of Delta. Under an agreement between the City of Delta and the Canadian Lifeboat Institute (for whom we do search and rescue) the vessel was given a berth in Ladner Harbour so that it could provide search and rescue capability in the waters that surround Delta.
With an all volunteer crew trained in all aspects of SAR, and renamed the “Delta Lifeboat” she now provides support and assistance to the Coast Guard, fishermen, commercial shipping, recreational boaters and even floating homes in the area. I painted the attached image as my donation for the fundraising Christmas cards that year. It shows the Canadian Coast Guard hovercraft “Siyay” escorting the Fraser Lifeboat and the now Delta Lifeboat up the Fraser River for the dedication ceremony in Delta.
From: The Delta Optimist
A piece of the community’s past will be on permanent display in Delta in the future.
Members of the Delta Heritage Society and others involved a major fundraising effort to purchase a striking oil painting by acclaimed local marine artist John Horton, a work called Arrival at Port Guichon, were on hand at city hall Monday to present the artwork as a gift to the city.
Saturday April 23rd is the date for a MASSIVE marine garage sale in Victoria. Mary and I will be there to support the Maritime Museum by having a table to sell affordable prints, limited edition prints and books. The majority of income from the small prints will go to support the museum and it’s efforts to remain a vibrant maritime museum!! 9am to 1pm at Pier A warehouse building at Ogden Point (the cruise ship terminal on Dallas Road) Please come and buy – and visit with us. small entry fee applies.
IF YOU CANNOT COME – PLEASE support the Museum by visiting their new location at 634 Humboldt Street – beside the Union Club – across the street from the Empress Hotel! The Museum now has a lovely gift shop and the SAME PRINTS ARE ON SALE THERE, SAME PRICES, AND SAME BIG BENEFIT TO THE MUSEUM!
If we do not support our maritime museums the very important history about our province and country will be lost.
SEE THE ATTACHED LINK FOR THE STORY IN THE NAVY’S “LOOKOUT” NEWSLETTER.
John just signed the canvas giclee of the Franklin Expedition painting for Holly and Colin in their home in Tsawwassen. They are from the prairies but just love the marine world. Following is Holly’s comment about the painting: ” We love the painting and have always been drawn to painting of ships and feel that John’s work is special as it has historic significance.”
Colin was also very complimentary – “The painting serves as a reminder of the love we have for our previous home in Saskatchewan (the snowy images and the stunning sky) and our new home in BC (the ocean and sailing ships). We know it will provide us years of enjoyment for our entire family.
A story today, March 18th in the Maritime Executive e magazine about our tugs sinking. Why?
I help many of these tugs when they are transiting the Fraser River during fisheries. We see many, many tugs and have gotten to know them over the 35 years I have been patrolling on the Fraser River. They are a very sad loss.