Kees ‘Case’ Koster stands with his largest project, The Irene, formerly known as The Grasshopper. Koster spent 30 years, on-and-off, building this ship completely by hand. The finishing touch on the ship was the Dutch flag placed atop the boat. (Sobia Moman photos)

PHOTOS: South Surrey resident keeps Dutch nationality close to his heart by hand-making large-scale model ships

Kees ‘Case’ Koster is from Holland and has found a love for re-creating historical model ships


MV Sea Lion, which was built in 1905 and was B.C.'s oldest wooden tugboat, is being scrapped at a shipyard in Nanaimo. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)

B.C.’s oldest wooden tugboat being scrapped at shipyard in Nanaimo

MV Sea Lion, built in 1905, had a part in 1914 SS Komagata Maru incident


A Seaspan Vancouver Shipyards worker walks past a barge under construction in North Vancouver, B.C., on Wednesday November 2, 2011. Canada’s sharply divided shipbuilding industry was dealt a surprise this morning as two competing yards announced plans to team up to win a multibillion-dollar contract to build a new polar icebreaker for the Canadian Coast Guard. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

B.C., Ontario shipyards team up to win multibillion-dollar icebreaker contract

The two companies said they will work together if they are awarded a contract