The main museum building displays three important tableaux.
Section 1 - Indigenous Local Fishing
The Indigenous local fishing exhibit shows dugout canoes, harpoons and fish traps. These were integral to the native lives before the area was re-settled.
Section 2 - The Ewald Dwerstag Models
Retired Duncan doctor Ewald Dwerstag produces these finely detailed scale models.
Shown to the left is H.M.S. Victory – Nelson’s ship at the famous Battle of Trafalgar. "I worked with fine instruments in surgery and this hobby requires a similar coordination and spatial orientation with your hands, “he says.
His research has given him an encyclopedic knowledge of shipbuilding, rigging and naval history but at heart he is a landlubber.
Seventeen of his masterpieces – it is not the
Armada - are anchored in the Cowichan Bay Maritime Centre's museum.
Section 3 - The Fish Boat Display
Harvey George – a Native elder - donated models of west coast fish boats on which he served. Harvey is a member of the Sooke based T'Souke band and spent many years commercial fishing and logging.
Each fish boat is carved from a single block of wood. Fishing gear, tiny tires to protect the hull from rubbing on docks and even miniature tables and chairs complete the authentic look.
Each boat took between one and two years to complete. Harvey used no plans or measuring tools but every detail was completed from his memory and eye.
Harvey George (on the right above) holds a model with Tony Owen, the Centre’s Facilities Manager.