Hoffar Motor Boat Company

Henderson’s City of Vancouver and North Vancouver Directory, 1909, page 742.

Henderson’s City of Vancouver and North Vancouver Directory, 1909, page 742.

The Hoffar Motor Boat Company built boats and aircraft. The firm was at 1933 Georgia Street from 1909 to 1918, and at 1969 Georgia Street from 1919 to 1925, when it merged with the Beeching Shipyard Limited to become Hoffar-Beeching Shipyards Limited at 1927 Georgia Street.

The principals behind the Hoffar Motor Boat Company were Henry Stonestreet Hoffar and James Blaine Hoffar. They were sons of Noble Stonestreet Hoffar (1843-1907), an architect who designed many buildings and houses in Vancouver in the 1880s and 1890s.

Hoffar seaplane on the water in Coal Harbour, 1915; Vancouver City Archives; Air P73.2; http://searcharchives.vancouver.ca/hoffar-seaplane-on-water-in-coal-harbour.

Hoffar seaplane on the water in Coal Harbour, 1915; Vancouver City Archives; Air P73.2; http://searcharchives.vancouver.ca/hoffar-seaplane-on-water-in-coal-harbour.

In 1925, the Hoffar firm merged with the nearby Beeching Boat Yard to become Hoffar-Beeching Shipyards Limited.

Wrigley’s British Columbia Directory, 1927, page 998.

Wrigley’s British Columbia Directory, 1927, page 998.

Yachts under construction at Hoffar-Beeching Shipyards Ltd., February 10, 1927, Vancouver Public Library, VPL Accession Number: 10767; http://www3.vpl.ca/spePhotos/LeonardFrankCollection/02DisplayJPGs/19/10767.jpg.

Yachts under construction at Hoffar-Beeching Shipyards Ltd., February 10, 1927, Vancouver Public Library, VPL Accession Number: 10767; http://www3.vpl.ca/spePhotos/LeonardFrankCollection/02DisplayJPGs/19/10767.jpg.

In 1929 the Boeing Aircraft of Canada acquired Hoffar-Beeching and prepared to build airplanes in Vancouver.

Victoria Daily Colonist, April 26, 1929, page 16; http://archive.org/stream/dailycolonist429uvic_26#page/n15/mode/1up.

Victoria Daily Colonist, April 26, 1929, page 16; http://archive.org/stream/dailycolonist429uvic_26#page/n15/mode/1up.

Boeing continued to build airplanes and boats at the Georgia Street location until the late 1930s, when they moved to Sea Island.

The Chilliwack Progress, December 7, 1938, page 4, column 6.

The Chilliwack Progress, December 7, 1938, page 4, column 6.

 

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Hoffar Motor Boat Company and Associated Boat-Building Businesses

Vessels Built by The Hoffar Motor Boat Co., compiled by John M. MacFarlane 2015; http://www.nauticapedia.ca/Articles/Vessel_Builders_Hoffar_Motor_Boat.php.

Vessels Built by the Hoffar Brothers, compiled by John M. MacFarlane 2015; http://www.nauticapedia.ca/Articles/Vessel_Builders_Hoffar_Brothers.php.

Vessels Built by Hoffar–Beeching Shipyard Ltd., compiled by John M. MacFarlane 2015; http://www.nauticapedia.ca/Articles/Vessel_Builders_Hoffar_Beeching.php.

Vessels Built by James F. [sic] Hoffar, compiled by John M. MacFarlane 2015; http://www.nauticapedia.ca/Articles/Vessel_Builders_James_Hoffar.php.

Vessels Built by Henry S. Hoffar, compiled by John M. MacFarlane 2015; http://www.nauticapedia.ca/Articles/Vessel_Builders_Henry_Hoffar.php.

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The first seaplane in Canada, built by Mr. Hoffar in 1914 at Vancouver Hoffar-Beeching; Virtual Reference Library, https://www.torontopubliclibrary.ca/detail.jsp?Entt=RDMDC-TSPA_0002716F&R=DC-TSPA_0002716F&searchPageType=vrl.

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Boeing Canada, Vancouver BC (formerly the Hoffar Motor Boat Company and Hoffar-Beeching); http://shipbuildinghistory.com/canadayards/boeing.htm.

 

Noble Stonestreet Hoffar (father of Henry Stonestreet Hoffar and James Blaine Hoffar)

Biographical Dictionary of Architects in Canada, 1800 to 1950; Hoffar, Nobel Stonestreet (1843-1907), http://dictionaryofarchitectsincanada.org/node/1519.

Noble Stonestreet Hoffar, Biographical Dictionary of Well-known British Columbians; with a Historical Sketch, by J.B. Kerr; Vancouver, B.C., Kerr & Begg, 1890, page 197; https://archive.org/stream/biographicaldict00kerr#page/n288/mode/1up.

“Pioneer Died at Mount Pleasant; N.S. Hoffar, Well Known Architect, Passed Away This Morning—Built Courthouse and Other Buildings,” Vancouver Province, November 12, 1907, page 1, column 1.

N.S. Hoffar, obituary, Vancouver Province, November 13, 1907, page 5.

N.S. Hoffar, death notice, Vancouver World, November 13, 1907, page 2.

N.S. Hoffar, obituary, Vancouver World, November 13, 1907, page 6.

“Find A Grave Index,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QVV5-3VQC : 13 December 2015), Noble S. Hoffar, 1907; Burial, Vancouver, Greater Vancouver Regional District, British Columbia, Canada, Mountain View Cemetery; citing record ID 26281069, Find a Grave, https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/26281069: “Noble S. Hoffar; Birth: unknown; Death: 12 Nov 1907; Burial: Mountain View Cemetery,Vancouver, Greater Vancouver Regional District, British Columbia, Canada; Plot: HORNE1/3/04/006/0010; Memorial ID: 26281069.”

 

Mary Ellen Odum (“Annie”) (wife of Nathaniel Stonestreet Hoffar)

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986; 1992-1993”, database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FLGB-QGS : 8 November 2017), Anne Hoffar, 1931.

“Mrs. N.S. Hoffar, City Pioneer, Dies; Widow of Architect Who Built Many Vancouver Landmarks,” Vancouver Province, December 19, 1931, page 1.

Anne Hoffar, death notice, Vancouver Province, December 21, 1931, page 17.

 

Henry Stonestreet Hoffar

“British Columbia Marriage Registrations, 1859-1932; 1937-1938,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JD81-RNH : 11 March 2018), Henry Stonestreet Hoffar and Lillian Alice Olsen, 04 May 1907; citing Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, British Columbia Archives film number B11373, Vital Statistics Agency, Victoria; FHL microfilm 1,983,530.

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986; 1992-1993”, database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FL1V-V49 : 8 November 2017), Henry Stonestreet Hoffar, 1978; http://search-collections.royalbcmuseum.bc.ca/Image/Genealogy/95816000-5fdb-42f3-8218-b82cf1285b23.

 

James Blaine Hoffar

“British Columbia Marriage Registrations, 1859-1932; 1937-1938,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JDZL-3ZV : 11 March 2018), James Blaine Hoffar and Lovina Pethick, 18 Feb 1916; citing Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, British Columbia Archives film number B11379, Vital Statistics Agency, Victoria; FHL microfilm 1,983,707.

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986; 1992-1993”, database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FL52-WWR : 8 November 2017), James Blaine Hoffar, 1954.

“Flying Boat Builder Dies at 63,” Vancouver Province, February 20, 1954, page 18. [James Blaine Hoffar.]

“Flier of First City Seaplane Dead at 63,” Vancouver Sun, February 22, 1954, page 23 [includes photograph of James Hoffar].

James Blaine Hoffar, death notice, Vancouver Province, February 20, 1954, page 29; Vancouver Sun, February 20, 1954, page 32

 

Lovina Pethick (wife of James Blaine Hoffar)

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986; 1992-1993”, database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FL1C-H7S : 8 November 2017), Lovina Hoffar, 1980; http://search-collections.royalbcmuseum.bc.ca/Image/Genealogy/91749acf-b603-4e1b-a2de-f35537297651.

Lovina Hoffar, death notice, Vancouver Province, April 24, 1980, page D4; Vancouver Sun, April 23, 1980, page G1.