Albion Iron Works

albion Iron Works had been making cast iron stoves and architectural elements. To prevent the American domination of Vancouver Island’s shipbuilding industry Sir James Douglas, Governor of Vancouver Island, passed laws in the 1860’s favouring Victoria’s shipbuilding industry. Albion purchased slips on the east side of the Point Ellice Bridge and expanded to manufacture and installation of boilers, steam engines, and plumbing for Victoria’s vibrant steamship construction industry. Albion Iron Works would expand and evolve into Victoria Machine Depot and would move to the Outer Harbour before, many years later, contracting in size and moving back to its original property on Bridge Street before closing its doors.