Hawryzki John Neckolas

John Neckolas Hawryzki Born November 19, 1934 Passed peacefully May 26, 2020 Survived by daughter Wendy (Randy), son Russ (Lyne) and brother Allan (Phyllis) Pre-deceased by his loving wife of 41 years, Marion Ruth Hawryzki (Sale) and parents Neckolas and Mildred.

WELCOME to the new ANCIENT MARINERS of BC website.

Submitted by admin on Tue, 03/24/2020 - 15:11

March 24, 2020

WELCOME to the new ANCIENT MARINERS of BC website.  It has been designed by D'Arcy McKee to be easily read on all devices, cell phones and tablets included.

Relevant pages in the old website are preserved as a legacy and is a valuable read, as it serves to maintain the heart, soul and humour of the original band of characters, from the beginnings of the club, back in the late 1990's.  Kudos to the MacPhersons (Ian/Mona) for designing, building and maintaining it until 2005. The Crossing of the Bar remains a tribute to all who have passed that have been a part of working in the BC marine industry.

The ANCIENT MARINERS of BC is a social club for both retired and working marine transportation personnel, and keeping with the tenants of the founder of the Port Kells Club, Captain Harry Thiessen, "anyone involved in or who has grown up in the marine business, 19 years and up."  Dues are paid at monthly meetings, to maintain the website, and on several occasions there has been a lucky recipient of a scholarship, for educational pursuits, to the Marine Institute in N.Vancouver.    

This new software, which is replacing an outdated and cumbersome admin process, is infinitely better to administrate, build upon, and will represent the club for decades to come.  Although there will be additional features and embellishments added to the pages, as time goes on, the format will remain the same.

Thank you for your patience while we took the time needed to build this site.  D'Arcy has volunteered a tremendous amount of hours between day and night shifts in the marine industry and raising a young family, in this creation.

We hope you like it.  Keep Well. Best of Luck. Keep in Touch.

Rick McKee, President

Bob Fiorillo, Vice-President

Diane Brown, Secretary/Historian

Al Gibson, Director

Russ Cooper, Director

Rien Van Der Velden, Director


When COVID-19 is under control JOIN US FOR A LUNCH MEETING!

Ancient Mariner Clubs that hold meetings every month include:


Lower Mainland Chapter: Centrally located in Langley

The next get-together will be held 3rd Wednesday of month  @ 11:00am at the ANDREAS RESTAURANT

The address is 20227 - 56 Avenue, Langley, BC

MENU: www.andreasrestaurant.ca Tel: 604 533 0111

PARKING AT SIDE & BACK OF BUILDING, with 4 steps up to dining platform.

(2 long blocks East of 200th St. on 56th Avenue, on left hand side before 203 Street)


Vancouver Island (Chemainus) Chapter

Located in the Horseshoe Bay Inn Chemainus  

1st Tues. of every Month @ 11:30 Hrs. 

Contact: Jim Goodwin 1-250-758-6727



Mid Island AMC Group Last Monday of Each Month @ 11:00 AM

FRENCH CREEK: Boar's Head Pub, #1, 1025 LEE ROAD, PARKSVILLE, BC (250-248-3713)Contact:  Earl Emery @ 250~591~0661 or MARK1157@shaw.ca  Ian MacPherson @ 250~334~0857


Mariners of the Okanagan 

Contact:  Stan Marshall @ 250-498-4400 or stanmarshall@persona.ca