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also known as Bill Garden



Company: Bill Garden Yacht Design
Office in Toads Landing, Victoria, BC

William Garden was born November 5, 1918 in Calgary, Alberta. His family moved to Oregon in 1924 where he started school, but by 1928 they had relocated again to the Montlake District of Seattle. In January,1935, upon graduation from high school, he enrolled at the Edison Boatbuilding School where he learned new construction for both sail and power; then went to work for Andrew's Boat Company on Portage Bay, not far from his home. His next project was construction of his schooner GLEAM which he sailed throughout the San Juan Islands, around Vancouver Island, and along the coast of British Columbia when time permitted.

By the age of 24, he had already completed 51 designs when he was drafted to the US army base in the Aleutians Islands repairing ships.  After the war, he was licensed as a naval architect and established his own design office, setting up shop in Washington State.  In 1968 he relocated to Victoria, BC in order to raise his family.  He bought a private island nearby, named Toad's Landing and since then did all his design work out of Toad's Landing. 

William Garden is a prolific naval architect and marine engineer. Over the period of six decades, he designed watercraft ranging from commercial fishing vessels and tugboats to motor and sailing yachts. His work celebrates the art of ship design, instantly recognizable as exceptionally seaworthy, sensibly built, and of distinct proportion and grace. He has produced over 650 designs from which thousands of boats have been built around the world, and his design work is featured in maritime museum collections throughout North America. A valued mentor and inspiration to generations of Canadian yacht designers, he has helped put Canada at the forefront in this field.

Achievements and Honours:
The Honourable Iona Campagnolo, Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia, presented the insignia of Member of the Order of Canada to Mr. William Garden on behalf of Her Excellency the Right Honourable MichaŽlle Jean, Governor General of Canada, during a private ceremony held at Government House on July 24, 2007. Mr. Garden was appointed on October 5, 2006

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