Chappell Brothers

Chappell Brothers sign - detail from photograph of Chappell Brothers office at Coal Harbour; http://digitalcollections.library.ubc.ca/cdm/singleitem/collection/chung/id/5640/rec/60; Sign reads: "Chappell Brothers Vancouver B.C., B.C. Agents for the heavy duty Acme gas engines. Boat repairs a specialty."

Chappell Brothers sign – detail from photograph of Chappell Brothers office at Coal Harbour; http://digitalcollections.library.ubc.ca/cdm/singleitem/collection/chung/id/5640/rec/60. Sign reads: “Chappell Brothers Vancouver B.C., B.C. Agents for the heavy duty Acme gas engines. Boat repairs a specialty.”

 

 

Chappell Brothers display advertisement - Henderson’s City of Vancouver and North Vancouver Directory -1910 - page 142

Chappell Brothers display advertisement – Henderson’s City of Vancouver and North Vancouver Directory -1910 – page 142.

 

Chappell Brothers operated a boat-building and boat-repair business at the north end of Georgia Street, just east of Denman Street, from about 1909 to the 1940s. Later directories give the address as 1779 West Georgia, which appears to be District Lot 185, Block 54, Lot 13.

 

Denman Street and Georgia Street - Detail from Goad's Atlas of the City of Vancouver - 1912 - Vol 1 - Plate 7 - Coal Harbour to Barclay Street and Cardero Street to Stanley Park

Denman Street and Georgia Street – Detail from Goad’s Atlas of the City of Vancouver – 1912 – Vol 1 – Plate 7 – Coal Harbour to Barclay Street and Cardero Street to Stanley Park.

 

John Graham Chappell was born on November 25, 1840, in Breaston, Derbyshire, England. He married Maria Denton in Thornes by Wakefield, England on March 5, 1865.  John and Maria stayed in England until about 1877, after which they went to Nebraska in the United States, where they had several more children. The family arrived in Vancouver about 1906.

Although many sources say that Chappell Brothers started their boat-building business in 1906, the name “Chappell Brothers” did not appear in the Vancouver directories until 1909.

 

Henderson’s City of Vancouver and North Vancouver Directory, 1909, page 563.

 

The four named brothers in the business were Ernest Denton Chappell (1870-1953); Frederick Herbert Chappell (1881-1978); Joseph Wright Chappell (1866-1925); and William Guinness Chappell (1878-1964). It is not clear that their father, John Graham Chappell, took any active role in the business.

John Graham Chappell died on January 3, 1930, at Essondale, British Columbia. He was buried in Ocean View Burial Park in Burnaby.

Maria Chappell died in Vancouver on November 25, 1922. She was buried in Ocean View Burial Park in Burnaby.

 

Chappell Brothers remained in business on this site until the 1940s.

 

Vancouver Province, March 25, 1911, page 36, columns 1-2.

 

 

Vancouver Province, January 10, 1921, page 12, column 5.

 

There are four 1921 references to this property in Heritage Vancouver Society’s database of historic building permits: http://permits.heritagevancouver.org/index.php?cID=1 [searched January 30, 2019].

 

District: Vancouver
Permit: A-43
Owner: Chappell Bros. [Boatbuilders & gasoline engine dealers]
Architect:
Builder: Chappell Bros.
Legal Address: DL: 185 Block: 54 Sub: Resub: Lot: 13
Date (Y-M-D): 1921-01-08
Street Number: 1781
Street Name: Georgia Street W [foot of Denman Street]
Value: $1,500.00
Remarks: Workshop/Factory/Warehouse; New; Machine shop, frame addition to plant, 26-ft x 39-ft, erected by owners under day labor plan [BCR]
Reference ID: VN-19215230-43

 

District: Vancouver
Permit: A-963
Owner: Chappell Bros.
Architect:
Builder: Owner
Legal Address: DL: 185 Block: 54 Sub: Resub: Lot: E 1/2 of 13
Date (Y-M-D): 1921-05-19
Street Number: 1779
Street Name: Georgia Street W
Value: $1,000.00
Remarks: Workshop/Factory/Warehouse; New;
Reference ID: VN-19215250-26

 

District: Vancouver
Permit: A-1741
Owner: Chappell Bros.
Architect:
Builder: Owner
Legal Address: DL: Block: Sub: Resub: Lot:
Date (Y-M-D): 1921-09-08
Street Number: 1779
Street Name: Georgia Street W
Value: $75.00
Remarks: Workshop/Factory/Warehouse; Repairs/Alterations;
Reference ID: VN-19215268-6

 

District: Vancouver
Permit: A-2431
Owner: Chappell Bros.
Architect:
Builder: Owner
Legal Address: DL: Block: Sub: Resub: Lot:
Date (Y-M-D): 1921-12-16
Street Number: 1779
Street Name: Georgia Street W
Value: $250.00
Remarks: Garage; New;
Reference ID: VN-19215284-23

 

In 1937, Chappell Brothers was a distributor for Bolinder oil engines.

 

Vancouver Province, May 1, 1937, page 31, column 3.

 

In 1945, a fire destroyed the Chappell Brothers shipyard.

 

Vancouver Sun, August 9, 1945, page 11, columns 1-3.

 

Vancouver Sun, August 9, 1945, page 1, column 1; page 2, column 3.

 

In 1946, Robert Clifford Sangster bought Chappell Brothers and he announced plans to establish a small boat service station and garage.

 

Vancouver Province, December 3, 1946, page 28, columns 4-5.

 

Chappell Boatworks later made boats in Richmond, British Columbia.

Sangstercraft Boat Works was at 1779 West Georgia Street until 1964, when the company moved to Granville Island. [see Sangstercraft; http://www.fiberglassics.com/library/index.php?title=Sangstercraft.]

 

John Spurr Chappell died in Vancouver on July 5, 1964.

 

Vancouver Sun, July 6, 1964, page 35, column 2.

 

Vancouver Sun, November 6, 1964, page 26, column 3.

 

Chappell Boatworks ended its Richmond operation in 1966.

Vancouver Province, August 9, 1966, page 13, columns 2-4.

 

Devonian Harbour Park

The Chappell Brothers site at Coal Harbour became part of Devonian Harbour Park.

Further information appears on the page for 1997 Georgia Street: https://westendvancouver.wordpress.com/streets-a-to-h/georgia-street-2/1900-block-georgia-street/1997-georgia-street/

 

Devonian Harbour Park, 1800 and 1900 Block, north side of Georgia Street, looking north-east; Google Maps; 3D view; searched December 15, 2019.

 

Sources

John Graham Chappell

John Graham Chappell, Rootsweb, http://worldconnect.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=:a15436&id=I163

Free BMD Births, John Graham Chappell, December quarter 1840, Shardlow district, Derbyshire, Volume 19, page 522; http://freebmd.rootsweb.com/cgi/districts.pl?r=3644033&d=bmd_1380573949

“England and Wales Census, 1871,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/VBCB-QQC : accessed 09 Oct 2013), John G Chappell, 1871.

“United States Census, 1880,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/M8YN-SVV : accessed 09 Oct 2013), John G. Chappll, Highland, Lancaster, Nebraska, United States; citing sheet 370B, family 0, NARA microfilm publication T9-0752

1911 Census of Canada, British Columbia, Vancouver, 44 Vancouver City, page 22, family 218, lines 8-13, http://automatedgenealogy.com/census11/View.jsp?id=62725&highlight=8&desc=1911+Census+of+Canada+page+containing+John+G.+Chappell

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/FL2Z-LP8 : accessed 09 Oct 2013), John Graham Chappell, 1930.

British Columbia Death Registrations, Registration Number: 1930-09-442427, John Graham Chappell.

John Graham Chappell, death notice, Vancouver Sun, January 3, 1930, page 18; Vancouver Province, January 3, 1930, page 21: “Chappell – Passed away Jan. 3rd, 1930, John Graham Chappell, late of 1987 West 7th, in his 90th year. Mr. Chappell leaves six sons, John S., Frederick H., George C.; Ernest D., William G., city; James G., New Westminster; two daughters, Mrs. William Corcoran, Bellingham Wash.; Miss Mary M. Chappell, city to mourn his passing. Funeral services will be held in Center & Hanna’s chapel, Monday afternoon, January 6th, at 1:30 o’clock, under the auspices of Ebenezer Lodge No. 1589, L.O.L. Interment Ocean View Burial Park.”

 

Maria Denton (wife of John Graham Chappell)

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/FLKN-1MH : accessed 09 Oct 2013), Maria Chappell, 1922.

British Columbia Death Registrations, Registration Number: 1922-09-302303, Maria Chappell.

Maria Chappell, death notice, Vancouver Province, November 27, 1922, page 17; Vancouver Sun, November 27, 1922, page 12: “Chappell – Passed away on Nov. 25 at 1:40 p.m. at the residence, Maria, beloved wife of Mr. John G. Chappell of 1987 7th Ave. W. Deceased was a native of England and 79 years of age. She leaves to mourn her loss besides her husband, two daughters and seven sons, all of Vancouver except Mr. James Chappell of New Westminster and Mrs. W. Cochrane of Beach, Wash. The funeral will take place on Tuesday, Nov. 28, at 4:30 p.m., from the residence to Ocean View Burial Park. Rev. Gordon Dickie will officiate. The T. Edwards Co., 2421 Granville St., have charge of the arrangements.”

 

 

John Spurr Chappell (boatbuilder)

John Spurr Chappell (22 October 1875 – Deceased); https://www.familysearch.org/tree/person/details/LQRQ-617.

“England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JMK6-Y4V : 11 February 2018, John Spurr Chappell, 08 Mar 1875); citing , index based upon data collected by the Genealogical Society of Utah, Salt Lake City; FHL microfilm 6,343,669.

“United States Census, 1880,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:M8YN-SVT : 16 August 2017), John G Chappll in household of John G Chappll, Highland, Lancaster, Nebraska, United States; citing enumeration district ED 247, sheet 370B, NARA microfilm publication T9 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.), FHL microfilm 1,254,752.

“United States Census, 1900,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MM5M-6SC : accessed 31 January 2020), John S Chaple in household of John G Chaple, Chuckanut, Crescent, Lake, Park, and Lummi Island Precincts, Whatcom, Washington, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) 233, sheet 4B, family 81, NARA microfilm publication T623 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1972.); FHL microfilm 1,241,753.

“Washington, County Marriages, 1855-2008,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QPMK-HZH3 : 28 November 2018), John S Chappell and Ethel Strickland, 10 Sep 1905, Bellingham, Whatcom, Washington, United States, Washington State Archives, Olympia; FamilySearch digital folder 007190712.

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986; 1992-1993”, database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FLTK-K52 : 8 November 2017), John Spurr Chappell, 1964l http://search-collections.royalbcmuseum.bc.ca/Image/Genealogy/a5320a6a-6a42-4915-ae32-e6e6764cf9a6.

 

 

Ethel Strickland (wife of John Spurr Chappell)

“Washington, County Marriages, 1855-2008,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QPMK-HZCZ : 28 November 2018), John S Chappell and Ethel Strickland, 10 Sep 1905, Bellingham, Whatcom, Washington, United States, Washington State Archives, Olympia; FamilySearch digital folder 007190712.

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986; 1992-1993”, database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FLT1-CTM : 8 November 2017), Ethel Chappell, 1966; http://search-collections.royalbcmuseum.bc.ca/Image/Genealogy/70795001-02b5-43b6-9abc-5724b43ca57d.

 

 

Robert Clifford Sangster

“Recensement du Canada de 1911,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QV95-3MVB : 16 March 2018), Robt C Sangster in entry for Chas Sangster, 1911; citing Census, Vancouver Sub-Districts 51-76, British Columbia, Canada, Library and Archives of Canada, Ottawa, Ontario; FHL microfilm 2,417,663.

British Columba Marriage Registrations; Registration Number: 1933-09-408465; Robert Cliff Sangster and Margaret Ruth Bennett; BC Archives Microfilm Number: B13765; GSU Microfilm Number: 2135984; date of marriage: February 1, 1933; ; place of marriage: Vancouver;  http://search-collections.royalbcmuseum.bc.ca/Image/Genealogy/6704a8bc-20d2-4eab-93ef-1ade4a33216e [“Marriage dissolved at Vancouver, B.C. on December 4, 1969,. File No. D.C.O. 7087/135. May 13, 1960.]

“Nevada Marriage Index, 1956-2005”, database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:VVMZ-QL7 : 20 September 2019), Robert Cliff Sangster and Audrey Merle Anna Snell, 5.

British Columbia Death Registrations; Registration Number: 1989-09-009704; Robert Clifford Sangster; BC Archives Microfilm Number: B17133; GSU Microfilm Number: 1709276; date of death: May 27, 1989; place of death: Sechelt; age at death: 82; http://search-collections.royalbcmuseum.bc.ca/Image/Genealogy/866360c9-ae95-4ce6-a109-83b359e7ebba; medical certificate of death: http://search-collections.royalbcmuseum.bc.ca/Image/Genealogy/0c662d46-e06b-4d5d-8067-a889c2ac5b3d

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986; 1992-1993”, database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FLTT-2D8 : 8 November 2017), Margaret Ruth Sangster, 1966.

 

Margaret Ruth Bennett (wife of Robert Clifford Sangster)

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986; 1992-1993”, database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FLTT-2D8 : 8 November 2017), Margaret Ruth Sangster, 1966.

 

Audrey Merle Anna Snell (wife of Robert Clifford Sangster)

“Nevada Marriage Index, 1956-2005”, database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:VVMZ-QLW : 20 September 2019), Robert Cliff Sangster and Audrey Merle Anna Snell, 5.

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