The Columbia Coast Mission was founded in 1904 on the British Columbia coast by John Antle (1865-1949), a Newfoundland priest, deep-sea navigator and yachtsman. Antle was commissioned by the Dioceses of Columbia and New Westminster to explore the possibilities of a mission among the lumber camps on the islands and mainland of northern B.C. In 1905, the Missionary Society of the Anglican Church of Canada gave a grant to cover the cost of Antle's first mission ship "Columbia". This ship served as a dispensary, a consulting room, an emergency ward or an ambulance, a travelling library and a chapel. In a few short years as superintendent, Antle had established seven mission ships and five mission hospitals in the area. The mission provided both physical and spiritual service to the isolated communities. It ceased activities in 1982, but still distributes various funds held in its name.