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Wood instand with glass inkwell. Base (part a) is made of a low square of cut wood. Top back is flat, while front is curved concavely. The wood is painted dark brown. A round hole is bored through the centre back to hold the glass container (part b). Inkwell is round, with a thick bottom that flares toward the thick rim at top. A paper label is nailed to the front edge. Label reads: "This Inkstand is made from timber taken from the “S.S. GLAD TIDINGS”, First Methodist Mission Boat on the British Columbia Coast., 1884 - 1903".


An inkwell from the Glad Tidings Mission ship, from the collection of the missionary Thomas Crosby. The Glad Tidings was built in 1884 by William Oliver for the marine mission work of Thomas Crosby, who had travelled by canoe up to that point. For most of its existence it was stationed at Port Simpson, with either Thomas Crosby or William Oliver serving as master. Various ministers made use of the ship from 1899 until it sank in 1903.

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