Chief Petty Officer James Vinicombe
Chief Petty Officer James Vinicombe, HMCS Galiano's boatswain, was among those who perished when the ship sank in an October 1918 storm.
A handwritten caption identifies Vinicombe as "the bos'un". As boatswain (a word spelled in a wide variety of ways including "bos'un"), he was responsible for Galiano's rigging, cables, anchors, and deck crew. The 53-year-old Vinicombe, likely photographed aboard the Galiano, was one of 40 lost when the ship sank off the British Columbia coast. Like the majority of the crew, he was a resident of British Columbia, although he had been born in London, England.
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