SHIPPING NEWS: Mary Ann coming to Qualicum Beach

Quality Foods’ Ken Schley is the owner of the famous boat from Gilligan’s Island, the SS Minnow. - Neil Horner photo
Quality Foods’ Ken Schley is the owner of the famous boat from Gilligan’s Island, the SS Minnow.
— image credit: Neil Horner photo

From Quality Foods comes some exciting news for boating fans — and for fans of the classic 1960s TV show Gilligan’s Island.

Girl-next-door, Mary Ann Summers, is taking a two- hour tour of Qualicum Foods on Saturday, May 25.

Dawn Wells, who played Mary Ann in the 1960s classic, will be reunited with another castaway cast member, the SS Minnow, which now plays the role of a charity fundraiser for Quality Foods.

The refurbished SS Minnow tourist attraction is a hit at many auction-style events where the successful bidder books a “three-hour tour” of local waters, mimicking lines from the famous Gilligan’s Island theme song.

Wells will be in Qualicum Beach as part of the store’s annual customer appreciation day, to meet customers during a tropically themed appy hour special.


For more on the SS Minnow contact Dianna Rivard at Quality Foods, 250-248-4004 or



The visit runs from 4 p.m.  to 6 p.m. at Qualicum Foods, 705 Memorial Ave., Qualicum Beach, Saturday, May 25.



• The crew of an RCAF Cormorant helicopter was called to assist four boaters who ran aground on rocks near Port Renfrew after losing an engine on Tuesday morning, May 7.

The aluminum boat ran aground near the mouth of Port San Juan Inlet approximately 300 metres offshore and sent a distress call.

This distress call was relayed shortly after 11:10 a.m. Rescue coordinators tasked a Cormorant helicopter from 442 Transport and Rescue Squadron to respond.

“The passengers and captain were all safe on the rocks, but had no way to get off safely,” said Search and Rescue Technician, Master Warrant Officer Gavin Lee.  “We landed the Cormorant on the rocks and loaded the people on board.”



• The Deep Bay Yacht Club has a new executive.


Bill Chubb is Commodore, Jim Hamm is Vice-Commodore, Derrick Ward is treasurer, Charlie Cropper is social coordinator, Don Mannes is Fleet Captain for sail, Jim Leggett is Fleet Captain for power, Les Clegg is website coordinator, Ron Mayhew is Fleet Captain for cruising, Rick Nickerson is Staff Captain, Fran Thorburn is newsletter coordinator, Kelly MacFarlane is secretary and Phyllis Chubb is membership coordinator.



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