By Sea Dean
48" x 24" Wrap Canvas
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URBA Art in Empty Spaces Exhibition on view in Rutland, Kelowna, BC, Canada
10 April - 20 November 2015
Closing Event and Auction 26 November
This painting is compiled from a series of historical photographs of the area. The Airfield was situated in Rutland at Belgo and was the main airfield before Ellison was built.
The pageant was an adventure for the pilot and the people that came to view the planes or even pay for a ride. It was also a clever marketing scheme to advertise the burgeoning air industry in Canada and show the world how advanced and modern the country was.
The plane is a Gypsy Moth owned by John Blakeney and registered to Radium Hot Springs Flying Service with Pilot LL Dunsmore. It was an older plane at the time, being built in 1915 and operated during WWI. There were many brand new planes at the pageant including ones on their maiden flights.
The S.S. Sicamous came into service in 1914 and the route was abolished in 1951. The stern wheeler was used on Okanagan Lake to deliver passengers, cargo, machinery, fruit, and mail. The SS Sicamous would depart from Penticton every morning and arrive at Okanagan Landing by noon before returning to Penticton. There were 14 scheduled stops but more stops were made on request. The ship is now on display at the lake edge in Penticton, B.C. Canada.
This photo of S.S. Sicamous Inland Marine Museum is courtesy of TripAdvisor