Coastal Missions Society

Vessel Coastal MessengerCoastal Messenger tied to mooring buoy in Desolation Sound.

2021 Vessel Schedule

The Coastal Messenger is usually away from home port on missionary voyages from mid-January to early December except for annual March maintenance. Due to Covid, the 2021 vessel Schedule was placed on hold.

See the planned 2021 Vessel Schedule


The mission vessel Coastal Messenger is a fully original design by Roy Getman, Coastal Missions Society. Design standards are equivalent to the American Bureau of Shipping. Design checks and stability and hydrostatic studies were conducted by Robert B. Harris, Naval Architect, Vancouver.


Coastal Missions workers and persons hired or contracted under supervision by Coastal Missions built the vessel without certification. Hull fabrication took place at Jenkins Marine, Victoria, BC. Joshua Enterprise in Calgary, Alberta built the pilothouse. Other fabrications and constructions were done at the Coastal Missions shop in Chemainus. The final assembly took place in Victoria.

The completed ship launched at Esquimalt Department of National Defense facilities September 10, 1998. She was commissioned into missionary service April 3, 1999.

If you are interested in the whole story, enjoy reading the 1994-1998 Vessel Construction.


The Coastal Messenger operates under the Constitution of the Coastal Missions Society, a Limited Corporate Society in British Columbia, and a charity in Canada and the United States since 1980.

Vessel activities are fully charitable and non-commercial - she is not leased, hired, or chartered for passengers or freight.


The Coastal Messenger is crewed by missionaries in scheduled Christian outreach ministry.

The Coastal Messenger is skippered by Brian Burkholder and crewed by any combination of Anne Burkholder, Joan Getman (Petunia), Tom Maxie and Debbie Maxie.