William Edward Gardner (1870-1947) was born in Louisburg, Nova Scotia, and went to sea at the age of fourteen. He arrived to Victoria in 1890 and eventually became skipper of the passenger ship City of Nanaimo, sailing out of Nanaimo. Gardner later established the W.E. Gardner Towing Company, which he sold to Harold B. Elsworthy’s Island Tug and Barge Ltd. in 1926. He then bought the Turpel Marine Railway, which he renamed the Point Hope Marine Railway. He sold this business in 1938. William Gardner married Mrs. Mabel Johanna Robertson in Victoria in 1924.