Ship Piracy: R. v. Bob Nanaimo Courthouse

  • February 01, 2015

Art McCulloch, an Alberni lawyer, frequently sent Ron MacIsaac unusual (and difficult) cases to defend, e.g. R. v. Hertel where an escaped lion attacked and killed the Times Colonist delivery girl.

Another one of these unusual cases was of a man charged with piracy in 1949. The man stole the hospital ship docked at Alert Bay’s wharf to return to his own island. Ron, who was still under articles at the time, was allowed to take the case due to the small number of lawyers in BC. Before the trial, Ron gave his only suit to the accused to wear. Ron then put on robes and proceeded with Canada’s only ship piracy case.