Sailing to Shirley. (Urban Core Ventures)

A nearly $6-million Victoria house has found a new home after being lifted and carried across the sea on a barge.

Originally built in 1928, the Sea Lion was relocated along with a one-bedroom guest house to Shirley, B.C after a 19-hour journey down the Strait of Juan de Fuca.

The luxury Gonzales property was relocated by Urban Core Ventures to make room for four new waterfront homes in the area.

Leonard Cole, Urban Core Ventures president, said his history with Shirley made relocating the home a particularly special job.

“Saving and preserving this beautiful home … was very important to me, and especially where I found its new home,” Cole said. “Shirley, B.C. is near and dear to my family. Edwin Clark, my great grandfather settled the area and owned property. My grandfather Ray Clark and my mother Shirley have fond memories of Muir Creek and the surrounding area.”

“I am very proud of Urban Core Ventures legacy of saving and recycling homes,” he added.

The home was relocated with the support and resources of Pridy Brothers House Moving, Pacific Industrial Marine, North Arm Transportation, Victoria Tug and Barge, RKM Crane, and Advantage Crane.

We’ve even got some photos of the moving process!

Crews prepare to move the Sea Lion onto the barge. (Urban Core Ventures)
The Sea Lion moves onto the barge. (Urban Core Ventures)
Ready for a long journey. (Urban Core Ventures)
Sailing to Shirley. (Urban Core Ventures)
The Sea Lion arrives. (Urban Core Ventures)
(Urban Core Ventures)

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