Wednesday, December 8, 2010
The Rock and The Freighter
The History of Vancouver website I found something interesting.
On March 6, 1945 a 10,000 ton freighter, Greenhill Park, became the cause of the most explosive and disastrous event in our port's history when it exploded.
A two month report was conductecd at the time of the explosion in which it was concluded that "improper stowage of combustible, dangerous and explosive material ... and the ignition thereof by a lighted match." Since the true events of what happened were not known it was an educated guess.
But in 1980 a reporter at The Province newspaper received a letter from a man who had been in hospital in 1957 with a man who was on the Greenhill Park that day. In fact he was the only other person in the hold and saw what happened. For twelve years he didn't say a word but passed his story on that day and the recepient of the tale waited twenty three years to pass it on.
This is Siwash Rock. According to Indian legend this fifty to sixty foot rock is a tribute to Skalsh the Unselfish. Skalsh was turned to stone by Q'UAS the Transformer as a reward for his unselfishness.
According to Wikepedia about 32 million years ago a volcanic dike formed in the sedimentary rock that forms the sandstone and mudstone foundation of the park. Through a fissure in the Earth's crust magma was forced to the surface and formed the basalt stack. This stack is more resistant to erosion than the softer sandstone that makes up a lot of the park. This is also the only such stack in Vancouver.
(Just a note. Mariners originally called it Nine Pin Rock due to its resemblence, vague though it is, to a bowling pin.)
Well worth the short trip I would say.
I hope you find the beauty around you.
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