Museum’s 2016 Talk Series opens with presentation on Martin Mars water bomber.

 Submitted to the Sounder by: Gabriola Historical and Museum Society

 BC’s iconic Martin Mars water bomber is the biggest seaplane in the world. And few people know more about the big red airplane than Gabriola artist, local historian and forest engineer, Doug Harrison.

Harrison will launch the Gabriola Museum’s 2016 Talk Series with a multi media story about the Martin Mars water bomber at 7 pm on Thurs, Feb 25 at the Hive Emporium in the Folklife Village centre.


original painting of Martin Mars water bomber by Doug Harrison

“So many Gabriolans have amazing life experiences and incredible stories to tell,” said Lisa Griffith, Gabriola Historical and Museum Society president. “In order to enable islanders to share their experiences, the Museum is organizing a new series of annual presentations that we are calling Gabriolan Stories. And the first event will feature Doug Harrison, a remarkable Gabriolan with an equally remarkable story to tell.


As a professional forest engineer, Harrison spent much of his career fighting some of the most devastating wildfires on Vancouver Island, including the notorious 1967 Taylor River fire. It burned through more than 5000 acres of timberland before threatening to destroy the town of Port Alberni. Even as people in Port Alberni were being evacuated, the fire was finally stopped by the Martin Mars water bombers that flew through blinding smoke and ash to bring the inferno under control.

Gabriolan Stories is a production of the Gabriola Historical and Museum Society. Admission by donation.