Maritime Museum Presents: SS Valencia – “A Theatre of Horror”

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The shipwreck of the SS Valencia is well known as one of the worst maritime disasters in an area along Vancouver Island’s west side known as “The Graveyard of the Pacific”. Its tale lives on in Victoria through ghost stories and it has even captured the attention of an international audience. But what actually played out during this dramatic sinking? How did this “theatre of horror” drag on for 40 hours? What are the human stories behind the infamous scene of the shipwreck?

This exhibit tells the story of the SS Valencia and considers what conditions led to such a horrific ending. By meeting a cast of characters thrown together by fate, visitors will hear the human stories behind the tragedy and consider what effect trauma had on the events. Visitors will also get to see objects recovered from the Valencia wreck including some mysterious circumstances. Valencia’s story is enrapturing and will continue to live on in the lore of BC’s maritime history.

We will be hosting a one-day exclusive media open house on March 11th. Due to COVID restrictions, we do ask that you make an appointment to ensure we remain within our safe capacity levels.

If you would like to come outside of these times, please contact Museum staff and we will try to accommodate you.

Maritime Museum of BC staff will be available for comment. Photography is welcome.

Information for the Public

Exhibit Dates: 12 March – 2 September 2021

Location: 634 Humboldt Street, Victoria BC

Hours of Operation

Spring Break (March 16-27): Tuesdays to Saturdays, 10-5

April to Victoria Day: Thursdays to Saturdays, 10-5

Victoria Day to 2 September: Tuesdays to Saturdays, 10-5

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