The Harland diaspora
Dr. John Harford (John) HARLAND (b .8 May 1923 - Warrenpoint Co. Down)
sp: Janet Briton Symington (Janet) MORRISON (b.28 Feb 1926 - Clydebank,Scotland. m.31 Dec  1949)
      |-Janet Heather (Jan) HARLAND (b. 7 Sep 1952-Kamloops BC Canada)
      | sp: Joseph Gordon (Joe) LOUGHLIN (b. 1 Jul 1951-Innisfail, Alberta m.14 May 1977)
      |       |-Christina Lynn (Christina) LOUGHLIN (b.13 Jul 1980-Olds Alberta Canada)
      |       +-Jillian Lee (Jill) LOUGHLIN (b.19 Dec 1981-Olds Alberta Canada)
      |-Elizabeth Christine (Chris) HARLAND (b.18 May 1954-Kamloops BC Canada)
      | sp: Lee TOPP (m.14 Apr 1987(div) d.2003)
      | sp: Dr. Stuart NEIL (b. 28 Apr 1945-Scotland m.30 Dec 1997)
      +-John Wallace (Jack) HARLAND (b.17 Jun 1957-Vancouver BC)
        sp: Lise CAZELAIS (b.20 Nov 1962-Montreal,Quebec,Canada m.31 Aug 1997)
              |-Ian Lawrence HARLAND (b. 8 Feb 2000-Vancouver BC)
              +-Mathew Robert HARLAND (b.25 Mar 2002-Vancouver,BC)
John’s family circle circa 1991 - from left, Christina  Loughlin , Jill Loughlin, Jack, Janet, John, Chris, Jan and Joe Loughlin
John was a great reader from an early age.  He developed a profound interest in ships and sailors, and his father was able to get him a Pass into Belfast Docks where he was able to pursue this hobby and develop his skills as an artist. He carved the hull of this model from a single block of wood. Here it is on display in ’The Big Room.’  at 44 Ulsterville Avenue Belfast.
  John at 80
During his childhood years he was always known as Harford; for he was named after his two grandfathers.  He came to dislike his much less well-known second name and chose the more straightforward John instead. He was educated at Methodist College Belfast, having won a Boarding Entrance Scholarship there. This meant living in the school during term time, despite the fact that the school was within sight of his family home.    

In 1938 he enrolled as a medical student at the Queen's University of Belfast. John volunteered to join the Royal Navy on completion of his 2nd MB exams in December 1941. The intense bombing of Belfast in April and May of that year may have been a spur to this career-changing decision – however temporary.

He became a Sub-Lieutenant in RNVR and served on Motor Torpedo Boats, mainly in Africa until 1946, when he was promoted Lieutenant.. After demobilization he qualified as a doctor, graduating MB BCh BAO in December 1949, exactly one year after his younger brothers.  John coupled his final examinations with his wedding plans and married Janet Morrison just after graduation.  

They immigrated to western Canada in February 1951 where John worked as a family physician. Later he undertook training as an anaesthetist in Vancouver and Duke University North Carolina. He joined a family practice based in a hospital in Kelowna, British Columbia where he converted to a full-time post in anaesthesia. He retired from medicine in 1985.

Always a prolific reader and writer, with a wide interest in several European languages, John Harland (1923) developed a huge expertise in maritime history. He was the author or many articles and five textbooks on the subject:-

Seamanship in the Age of Sail. -  With Mark Myers - (1984)
Catchers and Corvettes: the steam whale catcher in peace and war. 1860 – 1960. (1992)
The Flower Class Corvette HMCS Agassiz. - With John Mc Kay - (1993).
Ships and Seamanship – The Maritime Prints of J.J. Baugean (2000)
Capstans and Windlasses: An illustrated history of their use at sea. (2003)

This work took him seamlessly into the daily use of the modern personal computer, with all its ramifications from simple word processing, to desktop publishing, the Internet, and a worldwide range of contacts through email. (Sources)