Al Capone prop with Haida Gwaii connection stolen

  • Aug. 17, 2011 4:00 p.m.

A propeller previously owned by Al Capone, and belonging to a boat that ran aground on Haida Gwaii eleven years ago, was stolen last week in West Vancouver.The 140-pound brass propeller was snatched out of Joe Spears’ yard, and it’s uncertain who stole it. Or how they did so without being seen.The propeller originally belonged to Al Capone’s vessel that was built as a fishing boat in Nova Scotia during the 1930s. In secrecy its six-cylinder engines were switched with 12-cylinder ones, increasing speed and enabling her to be a rumrunner during the United States prohibition of alcohol.The boat was seized in 1945 and purchased by a marine surveyor, renamed Texada, and used as a camp vessel for forestry activity here on Haida Gwaii. When it ran aground in 2000, the vessel was salvaged, and Joe Spears of West Vancouver got the propeller.He had intended to donate the propeller to a National Maritime Centre, but he can’t do that now. Not unless the prop reappears.

Just Posted

New Coast Guard radar boosts marine traffic monitoring off B.C. coast

Six radar installations set up for Georgia Strait to Queen Charlotte Strait to Prince Rupert

Port post office delivers a thank-you to first responders

Commemerative stamps honour firefighters, police, SAR teams, paramedics, and armed forces

In Pictures: Expression Sessions hangs ten

Wave gods smile on the 10th edition of the Haida Gwaii surf festival

Haida Gwaii Sea Cadets set sail

Some young salts joined the Remembrance Day parade in Queen Charlotte last… Continue reading

Winter weather hits parts of Canada

As some parts of the country brace for cold, parts of B.C. remain warmer than 10 C

Canada’s health system commendable overall but barriers to care remain: UN

The United Nations says Canada’s health care system is “commendable” overall but vulnerable groups still face barriers to quality care.

Unique technology gives children with special needs more independent play

UVic’s CanAssist refined seven prototypes aided by $1.5M government contribution

Kelly Ellard’s boyfriend has statutory release revoked

Darwin Duane Dorozan had several parole infractions that found him ‘unmanageable’

Doctor’s note shouldn’t be required to prove you’re sick: poll

70% of Canadians oppose allowing employers to make you get a sick note

German-born B.C. man warns against a ‘yes’ vote on proportional representation

Agassiz realtor Freddy Marks says PR in his home country shows party elites can never be voted out

Fashion Fridays: 5 coats you need this winter!

Kim XO, lets you know the best online shopping tips during Fashion Fridays on the Black Press Media Network

Saskatchewan college honours memory of Humboldt Broncos coach

Darcy Haugan wore jersey No. 22 when he was a star player with the Briercrest College Clippers

Liberals to act quickly if Saturday midnight deal deadline breached: source

Oh Friday, Canadian Union of Postal Workers said it would not bring the latest offers to a vote of its members

Most Read