The new plaque unveiled by Premier John Horgan and Mayor Maja Tait is the latest in a series of monuments that celebrate the region’s history. (Tim Collins/Sooke News Mirror)

New plaque unveiled in Sooke to mark shipbuilding history

Premier John Horgan joined Mayor Maja Tait and representatives of the Sooke Historical Society on Friday to unveil the latest in a series of commemorative plaques denoting important historical sites in Sooke.

The latest plaque designated the spot where, in 1861, the schooner Ann Taylor was built. At the time, it was the largest vessel built on Vancouver Island.

RELATED: Muirs early pioneers in B.C. shipbuilding

“This is another example of the tremendous history of the Sooke community. Monuments like this remind us of the extraordinary things that have taken place here,” said Horgan.

It took more than 10 years of investigation to determine where the Muir family built their ships, said Elida Peers, spokesperson for the historical society.

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