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Welcome to the Burnaby Association of Marine Modellers or BAMM

A Word from the President

On ehalf of the members of the Burnaby Association of Marine Modellers, it is my pleasure to welcome you to our website and the world of Marine Models.

Our home is the beautiful pond in Central Park located in Burnaby B.C. surrounded by beautiful trees and walkways. Burnaby allows us exclusive use of the pond Sundays and Wednesday mornings.  Club members come from all over not only to run our boats, but most importantly to meet as friends and promote our hobby.

Whether you have purchased a ready to run boat or are a scratch built modeller our club welcomes you.  You will find that members are more than willing to share their knowledge and help everyone build the model of their dreams.

See you at the pond!


Rick E.


At the Pond slideshow:

At the Pond

Our 2024 Season Opener was a great success with lots of people bringing out their boats on a beautiful Sunday morning.  I think everyone had a very good time.  We launched both tankers and set up the bridge system with the generous help of Kyle in the chest waders.  Thanks to all the folks who helped set up and tear down the infrastructure and especially Gord and Reggie for cooking the yummy burgers.  I was too busy having fun running boats to take too many photos but I've added a few in the gallery here.


At The Pond Photo Gallery

May 19, 2024

Photos by Ulrich G.

(Click the photo above for a slide show.)

Announcements and Current Events:

The 2024 annual BAMM Regatta will be held on Sunday, August 18.  We will see many boats from many places.  There will be, among other things, static judging, steering courses, towing competition, a sailboat race and a tugboat race.  We look forward to seeing you there.


We have added a very nice model of the Shell Welder to the BAMM fleet.  With surprisingly little TLC she has become fun to run and fun to tow.

In 1976 the 10 foot 8 inch long (that is 3/4 in. per foot or 1/16th scale) highly detailed RC tanker "Shell Welder", formerly “AARDVARK”, was completed by BAMM members Bram and Alex Deruiter.  Bram is shown in the slideshow here (first picture) posing with the model at her official re-launch on May 6, 2018.  For many years the tanker sailed the BAMM pond before being sold and moved to Bowen Island.  She was also featured in the RC pond at Expo 86.  Recently, Dave Tarvin of Burnaby Hobbies acquired it and it was subsequently sold to Bram Deruiter returning it to one of the original builders.  Our president Rick Evans saw an opportunity to bring the vessel back to the BAMM pond and we have recently purchased it from Bram. It was in very good condition and only needed a gentle refurbishment and running gear update.  Here is a link to some information on the original 170 foot long Shell Welder the model was based on.

Lorne towing the Shell Welder with his tug Gillfoam.

A time lapse of the Shell Welder being hauled out of the pond.


BAMM is proud of its latest addition to its fleet, the 8’ long, 1/24th scale, Imperial Tofino built by Ted Heard (see newspaper photo below) and donated by the Heard family so that all may enjoy watching her sail the waters of Central Park Pond.

The Imperial Tofino is shown here along with another BAMM tanker, the 11 foot long Shell Welder built by Bram and Alex Deruiter and launched in 1977.

"Imperial Tofino" was built in 1973.  In 1973-1993 she was owned by Imperial Oil Ltd., Toronto ON.  In 1993-2009 she was owned by Coastal Shipping Ltd., Goose Bay NL.  In 1979 she was lengthened and she was rebuilt at North Vancouver BC.  Her Mid Body Section was built at Burrard-Yarrows Corp. North Vancouver BC in 1979.  She had a capacity of 200,000 gallons of fuel. She replaced the Imperial Nanaimo (ex-Beeceelite).  She had a cruising speed of 11.2 knots.  Sold in 1993 as "Sibyl W.".


The above paragraph is from "Auke Visser's Other Esso related Tankers Site" where you can also find some great photos of the real ship.


There is another good article to be found at the Shipfax site by Mac Mackay.



















Ted Heard 1989.jpg


We're so proud of our youngest member Reggie Merrill and his tug “Seawitch III"

Built by His grandfather Gord Merrill, Reggie is proving to be a very capable skipper.  As you can see below at the unveiling, Lorne S. has built Reggie a very nice barge to tow around.  Reggie was very pleased to say the least.

Rick E. - President and photographer


March, 5, 2023
When a nice big ice floe is sitting the middle of the BAMM pond the right thing to do is to get that thing spinning around.  We had some fun doing just that and ended up just pushing the now smaller piece in one direction causing it to eventually breakup.    
Video of the Ice Dance time-lapse can be found here.
The weather was bright and sunny on Sunday, March 10th, 2019.  There was just one big ice flow left on the pond in the shadow of some trees so Lorne M. and I decided to push it out into the sun to melt. It was attached by some thinner ice so I was able to break through and get it going. Many thanks to Mel for breaking the flow free from shore with his trusty sledge hammer and of course my lovely cameraman Rick.
Video of the move is here.
Ice Dance at the BAMM pond.jpg

Hello Everyone!

If you have come here for information and have questions and/or want to be put on the e-mail list for updates and info just head over to the "Contact" page and send us an e-mail message to that effect.

Any thoughts, corrections, complaints, or constructive criticism will certainly be greatly appreciated.  Just go to the "Contact" page and drop me a note.  I am also looking for content.  Photos, videos or articles will be appreciated. 


Thanks - Ulrich

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