Charles Francis Hayden Sr. ("Dah") was born on January 9, 1876. For forty years from 1899-1939 he served an electrician on a number of vessels and traveled around the world. Many of the vessels he served on in later years were C.P.R. Empress vessels that included:
Charles Sr. was working on an Empress vessel travelling from Ireland to New York when he met his soon-to-be-wife, Elizabeth Lucy Hayden (nee Kirkwood). They were married in St. Patrick's Cathedral in Boston, MA on October 10, 1900. Charles Sr. retired from ship service at the age of 63 and went to work at the North Vancouver Burrard Shipyards building electrical switchboards for the new corvette vessels being built at the shipyard. He died on May 13, 1958 in Vancouver, BC.
Charles Francis Hayden Jr. ("Char") was born on October 8, 1908 while his father was at sea. Charles Jr. followed in his father's footsteps and worked as 3rd and 4th electrician on board numerous vessels. In 1934 he joined the C.P.R. and would serve on a number of vessel including:
Charles Jr. served in the Merchant Navy during WWII and was awarded the 1939-1945 Star, and the Atlantic Star and War Medal 1939-1945. On August 29, 1941 he was honourably discharged from the Merchant Navy due to his mother's illness (as he was the only son). During his time at sea he traveled all over the world to destinations including Hong Kong, Shanghai, New Zealand, Australia, and South Africa.
Charles Jr. died on May 13, 1957 in Vancouver, BC and is interred with his parents in the same plot at Ocean View Cemetery in Burnaby, B.C.
The collection is comprised of records relating to the maritime careers of Charles F. Hayden Sr. and Charles F. Hayden Jr. and include maritime service records; correspondence sent and received by Charles Sr. and Jr. with family and friends while at sea; Canadian Pacific promotional materials and publications; engineering equipment brochures; publications from the Royal Canadian Navy; travel brochures from New Zealand and Panama; a newsletter from the RMS Queen Mary; nautical magazines; travel postcards from Egypt, Suez Canal, Cape Town, Hawaii and Aden; postcards of the vessels Empress of Canada, Empress of Ireland and Empress of Japan; and photographs of family and friends at holiday (destinations including Hawaii, Japan, China, and Vancouver Island); and vessels under construction and sail at various ports including Vancouver Harbour.