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Eric Jamieson Receives Heritage Advocacy Award

Posted: February 17, 2010

Harbour author Eric Jamieson has been singled out for another honour. On February 15, he received the 2009 North Vancouver District Heritage Advocacy Award for his book, Tragedy at Second Narrows: The Story of the Ironworkers Memorial Bridge. Jamieson’s book also won the Lieutenant-Governor’s Medal For Historical Writing from the British Columbia Historical Federation last year and hit the BC bestseller list when it was released in 2008.

In Tragedy At Second Narrows, Jamieson unravels the worst industrial accident in Vancouver history, when the new bridge being built across the Burrard Inlet collapsed in the flooding tidal waters of Second Narrows, killing eighteen workers. The shocking thing was that the bridge was not an old, decrepit structure, but a new one just in the midst of being erected with all the support and security modern engineering could provide. That somebody had made a colossal error seemed obvious, but it would take a Royal Commission to discover how and why. Jamieson has returned to the scene of the tragedy and reconstructed the tragic event with scrupulous care, introducing the entire cast of politicians, construction bosses, engineers and ironworkers.

For over thirty years Eric Jamieson made his living as a banker, working around the province in Victoria, Campbell River, Prince George, Fort St. John, Vancouver and North Vancouver. He has served a total of eighteen years on the boards of museums, most recently with the North Vancouver Museum and Archives. Tragedy at Second Narrows is his second book; he is also the author of South Pole—900 Miles on Foot. Jamieson lives in North Vancouver, BC with his wife Joan.

The North Vancouver District Heritage Awards are announced every year during Heritage Week (this year is February 15-21, 2010). They are awarded by the District Community Heritage Commission, and recognize and honour special projects and accomplishments in the field of heritage conservation.