Stevens lobbied the federal government to establish a federally appointed and funded Harbour Commission that would improve and administer Burrard Inlet, English Bay, Indian Arm and False Creek docks and harbour facilities.
Federal funds were made available to construct a concrete 'Government's Wharf' in 1914. This was an industrial, rail and water linked island on False Creek, which became known as Granville Island. This was all done under the auspice of the newly formed Harbour Commission. The island proved profitable and was paying back the Harbour Commission's investment. Sadly, the grain terminals were not.
That didn't deter the politician. At the end of 1918, under the watchful eye of government scientists, a trial shipment of grain was shipped to England. The journey through the Panama Canal, the Caribbean heat and across the water took three and a half months but the cargo suffered little damage. Still, it took a few more years before grain growers and buyers were convinced enough that the structures were filled with grain. Steven's folly was turned into a triumph.
Thanks goes to bob_2006 at flickr.com and The Vancouver Maritime Museum website for the information. I hope you find the beauty around you.
Karen Magill, Vancouver, Henry Herbert Stevens, history, grain, Steven's Folly British Columbia, Canada, Vancouver Maritime Museum,Granville Island