History of TAP
 

What began in 2000 as one man’s vision to create a simple memorial for the men who served on HMCS Alberni is now a year round memorial and exhibit located in Comox BC.


While on vacation, Seattle resident Lewis Bartholomew took the Queen of Alberni ferry from the BC mainland to Vancouver Island.  It was on this vessel that Bartholomew first saw a painting by Pat Burstall of HMCS Alberni.  Below the painting was a plaque which told of the 59 men who were lost when Alberni was torpedoed and sunk in 1944.  Bartholomew returned to his home in Seattle and began a web based memorial to these men. 


By 2002 Bartholomew had quit his job and immigrated to the Comox Valley on Vancouver Island, transferring all his web files from the US based servers to Canadian servers.  When Bartholomew met some of the veteran survivors of that ill fated day of HMCS Alberni in 2004, he was encouraged to develop a mobile memorial to the men of Alberni which could be taken to various communities and schools on Vancouver Island.


TAP exhibit grew in scope and attention, appearing at Canada Day, Heritage Festivals, Fall Fairs and Remembrance Week observances from tip to tip and side to side of Vancouver Island. TAP purchased a cargo trailer to house the mobile memorial and exhibit and was soon grabbing the attention of national media with its sharing of the story of HMCS Alberni and U480.


In 2013, after approximately 6000 people (in person) had visited TAP exhibits at the Comox Valley and Vancouver Island since 2005, Bartholomew took the next step to move into a permanent facility in the Comox Centre Mall to provide a year round venue for the Memorial. Total 2013 attendance was just over 3100 visitors from BC and beyond.


Operated by The Alberni Project Society (formed 2013), a registered non-profit society, TAP maintains the main exhibit hall and museum, a mobile unit which takes a smaller memorial and exhibit to various locations on Vancouver Island, develops educational programs, and encourages community involvement with a variety of veterans commemorations and events.


TAP is not affiliated with any government agency nor with the Royal Canadian Legion. TAP relies on public and private donations, corporate and organizational sponsorships/grants and community support.


Volunteer positions are open for fixture construction, staffing museum or mobile unit, fund raising, artifact collection and restoration.


Corporate sponsorships are encouraged.  For more information please visit :CORPORATE SPONSORSHIP

2013 - Move into our new museum facility. Repairs, Remodel, Renovate!

2011 - Pt. Alberni Fall Fair          2011 - Remembrance Day - Ladysmith

2014  Cumberland Heritage Days       2010 Courtenay Naval Centennial Exhibit

2013 Canadian Forces Day  CFB Comox   2013 BOTA exhibit Berwick Comox

2008 Canada Day  Courtenay          2011 Campbell River Heritage Day

2011 BOTA exhibit Nanaimo              2009 Remembrance Day - Comox

2010 Canada Day - Courtenay - TAP presents Our Forces On Parade, Veterans Tribute