BO-48-3590 : Massey Tunnel Site



There is a bit of uncertainty with the exact location of this image, but it appears to be roughly the location of the George Massey Tunnel from November 22, 1948. It looks like the tunnel will end up going through the field in the lower-left corner of the image. Construction of the tunnel didn’t begin until 1957 and at that time it was known as the Deas Island Tunnel.

Thanks to Bernard, we now know the main buildings in the photo are part of Canada Rice Mill.

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  1. BoydReply
    January 30, 2017 at 9:38 pm

    Dyan, you must have known the Focker Family. they lived in one of the houses too. Scott Minler also worked there.

  2. Dyan Wise StrombergReply
    December 18, 2014 at 10:21 pm

    I was so happy to see the Mill, it brought back so many memories. My Dad worked there for over thirty years. I have his retirement watch, he was so proud of it.

  3. October 21, 2014 at 11:44 pm

    The long building on the far left was torn down, they built a new building there with a loading dock so trucks and the train could load hops, dates, raisins, coconut and rice.

  4. Bill MannersReply
    October 13, 2013 at 3:28 pm

    Your B)-48-3590 Massey Tunnel site, information may be a bit off.

    I believe the indentation of water just to the east of the Rice Mill site is the current BC Ferries yard. This photo shows a road going through the middle of the watercourse, which has been removed.

    All of the trees showing a river or stream complete the accuracy of above.

    • MarkReply
      October 15, 2013 at 3:39 pm
      Hi Bill, I understand what you are saying, but if you line up the photo in Google Earth, I think your location leaves the bend of the river at the top of the photo incorrect. If the "indentation of water" is the BC Ferries Yard, then the river should bend left, not right.
  5. BernardReply
    February 14, 2013 at 11:55 am

    I think you are generally right. I think we can see 5 road running northwards and then the intersection with the Steveston Highway. I think I remember that bard in the top left as being to the west of the freeway in the late 1960s.

    I am fairly certain that is the Canada Rice Mill you are looking at.

    • October 18, 2014 at 2:17 am
      I grew up at the Rice Mill, my Dad worked there and we lived in the company house second from the left. The tunnel is about a mile or so from the houses at the foot of #5 Road.

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