Tag Archives: Canada

Bluenose II — No Way to Restore a Schooner

The new construction/restoration of the Canadian schooner Bluenose II has not gone well.  Years behind schedule and millions over budget. Nova Scotia Premier Stephen McNeil is calling it a “boondoggle” and is demanding an investigation into the project.  Recent lawsuits involving the … Continue reading

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Canada to Claim North Pole — Status of Santa Uncertain

Reports are that Canada is filing a claim to extend its northern sea boundary to encompass an area of over 1 million square miles of Arctic seafloor which includes the North Pole, under provisions of the United Nations Convention on … Continue reading

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UBC Wins First Prize in Safe Affordable Ferry Design Competition

In June, we posted about the Safe Affordable Ferry Design Competition, sponsored by the World Ferry Safety Association, in which student teams from six maritime universities competed to develop a ferry design for a 500 passenger ferry for Bangladesh. Recently the … Continue reading

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Bulk Carrier Cape Apricot Takes Out Largest Berth at North America’s Largest Coal Exporter

At around 1 AM on Friday morning, the Cape Apricot, a cape-sized bulk carrier, chartered to K Line, smashed through a coal conveyor serving the largest of two berths at Westshore Terminals in Vancouver, Canada.  An undetermined amount of coal … Continue reading

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Maritime Shipbuilding on CBC’s Land & Sea

The CBC’s Land & Sea is without question the favorite television program that I have never watched on television. While I cannot get Canadian broadcasting on my television, Land & Sea fortunately also puts their programming on-line. We have previously … Continue reading

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Hawaiian Tsunami Warning Lifted after 100,000 Evacuated to Higher Ground

While those of us on the East Coast of the United States have been watching the approach of the “superstorm” Hurricane Sandy, residents of the Hawaiian islands were under a tsunami warning following a a powerful 7.7 magnitude earthquake that hit Canada’s Pacific coastal … Continue reading

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Yacht Tabasco 2 Disabled off Nova Scotia – 1 Dead, 2 Injured & 3 Missing

UPDATE:  The Canadian government is now treating the casualty as an attempt at human smuggling.  Toews links N.S. yacht accident to ‘human smuggling’ There are reports of a tragic and strange sailboat accident off Canada’s Nova Scotia coast.  Nine men, reported to … Continue reading

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Japanese Fishing Trawler, Carried Away by Tsunami, Found Drifting Toward British Columbia

A 150′ foot long fishing trawler carried away last March by the tsunami off the east coast of Japan has been spotted drifting in the Pacific Ocean, 120 miles off Haida Gwaii, British Columbia, Canada.  About 5 million tons of debris … Continue reading

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The First Circumnavigation of Canada’s Ellesmere Island – Important Arctic Life Lessons

There is a wonderful article in today’s New York Times about Jon Turk and Erik Boomer, who recently became the first to circumnavigate Canada’s Ellesmere Island, roughly 1,000 miles north of the Arctic Circle.  Jon Turk, 65, is an author, scientist and … Continue reading

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Salvage Plan for the MV Canadian Miner

What is it about ships being towed to the scrap yard? The MT Phoenix under tow, on her way to the scrap yard last July broke her towing cable and drifted ashore on Salt Rocks in Sheffield Beach, South Africa.  She … Continue reading

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Barque Picton Castle Announces New Atlantic Voyage

After five circumnavigations, Captain Daniel Moreland and the Barque Picton Castle will be changing their course for this year’s voyage focusing primarily on the Atlantic visiting ports in Europe, Africa, the Caribbean and the Spanish Main. World Voyaging Tall Ship Picton Castle Announces New Voyage Around … Continue reading

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A Flood of Arks? Ark Building Around the World

If a group of birds are a flock, a group of whales is a pod, and fish gather in schools, what would one call a group of Noah’s arks?  A fleet would be the easy answer, but that somehow doesn’t … Continue reading

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The Star Spangled Banner and the Search for HMS Terror

History is full of strange connections.   This week an almost 200-year-old copy of “The Star Spangled Banner” is to be sold at auction house at Christie’s auction house in Manhattan.   The sheet music is currently valued at between … Continue reading

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33rd Annual Victoria Classic Boat Festival

The inner harbor of beautiful Victoria, Canada on Vancouver Island will be  filled with between 75 to 100 classic boats beginning today and running through the Sunday at the 33rd Annual Victoria Classic Boat Festival. Harbour plays host to classic boat fest

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The ‘impossible’ voyage of a Tamil ghost ship

Despite all odds, earlier this month, 492 Tamil refugees arrived in Vancouver in an old and barely seaworthy ship, then named the Sun Sea.  The Tamil Ghost ship, as she has been dubbed,  had been intermittently tracked by the maritime authorities of various nations as she … Continue reading

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Women on Subs – Not all that New

Julian Stockwin made a comment on Twitter this morning (what is the past tense of “to tweet?” by the way) regarding women on submarines.  He noted that Norway has had women serving on submarines for decades.   Indeed, the US … Continue reading

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Theodore Tugboat in the Big Harbor

While New York may have a great yearly tug boat race, I recently discovered that Halifax harbor has a real Theodore Tugboat. In the 1990s, “Theodore Tugboat”, was a Canadian kid’s TV show about a harbor tug in the “Big Harbor”.  In the … Continue reading

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