Searidge Ventures Ltd. is proud to reintroduce the Gikumi to active service after a major refit.
From February 2017 to January 2018 the the Gikumi had her first full year out of service since her launch in 1954. The renowned Naval Architect Robert Allan Sr designed this famous west coast work boat to service the Broughton Lumber and Trading Company saw mill in Telegraph Harbour. She was built by Bisset and Gilstein boatyard in North Vancouver. The name “Gikumi” means “Chief” in the tongue of the Namgis First Nation (Alert Bay) in the dialect know as Kwakwala.
From her launch on Labour Day 1954 to the early eighties she worked delivering freight and towed logs and scows out of her home port of Telegraph Cove. She even did some ship docking and worked as a pilot boat over her long career. When the mill closed in Telegraph cove she became BC first whale watching vessel and remained in Telegraph Cove providing tours to the spectacular Broughton Archipelago until 2017.
She was always cared for and loved and was continually renewed over her 64 years of active commercial service. Please see the articles below for a more detailed history of the Gikumi.