August 16, 2017 OriginalShipster

Summertime in St. John’s is my favourite time of year for just so, so many reasons. The sun shines, the trees get their leaves, flowers bloom and for a few short months, we can forget how quickly this beautiful place will change into a frozen hellscape. The best part of…

July 28, 2017 OriginalShipster 3Comment

The Canada C3 is currently finishing up its tour of the Atlantic coast and heading to the Arctic Ocean. She stopped off here from July 10th-11th, and I was lucky enough to squeeze a tour of the vessel in before heading to work. So let’s talk about the history of the Polar Prince,…

April 25, 2017 OriginalShipster 1Comment

This past week, I was invited to speak at the Crows Nest Officer’s Club about an interesting vessel with a checkered past. For 55 years, the SS Thetis sailed from the North Atlantic to the shores of Hawai’i, and North again to Alaska before ending up back off the shores of…

February 14, 2017 OriginalShipster

Last week, I was lucky enough to sit down with Jamie Fitzpatrick of The Broadcast on CBC and chat about the importance of preserving heritage. Click here if you’re interested, and have a listen! Thank you very much to Jamie for hosting me in the studio. It was a great…

January 23, 2017 OriginalShipster 1Comment

Hi everyone, In case you missed it, yesterday I was on VOCM with Andrew Hawthorn, talking about social media, maritime archaeology, and just generally geeking out over ships. If you missed the broadcast, or you’d like to hear it again, check it out!  

August 15, 2016 OriginalShipster

Just over a week ago, a new ship came sailing through the Narrows. The M/V Arctic Sunrise, operated by Greenpeace, arrived in St. John’s on August 3rd and yours truly, curious to learn what brought her here, popped down and was able to chat with some members of her crew. Ships…

July 18, 2016 OriginalShipster

Since moving to Newfoundland, I’ve been fortunate enough to see a handful of tall ships come through the Narrows into St. John’s; each one an ambassador from their home country with special trimmings representing where they’ve come from, and all of them majestic reminders of a bygone era. Honestly, that…

May 22, 2016 OriginalShipster

Cruise ship season 2016 continued on Friday with the arrival of the M/V Boudicca of the Fred. Olsen Cruise Line. Constructed in 1973 in the Wärtsilä Helsinki Shipyard, Helsinki, Finland, she has served many owners and operators in the last 40+ years. Ship Stats Nationality: Bahamas Length: 205.5 metres Beam: 25.2 metres…

May 13, 2016 OriginalShipster 2Comment

Today the M/V Balmoral was in St. John’s, kicking off the 2016 cruise ship season! While the weather was grey and dreary (and threatened snow more than once), any passengers I saw around seemed to be thoroughly enjoying their time here. Balmoral arrived around 8:00am, and sailed back out through the…

November 29, 2015 OriginalShipster 1Comment

Hi Everyone! I know it’s been awhile so let’s just jump right in, shall we? As I’ve discussed before, and many of you will know, ships were once the only way for people to travel from Europe to North America. In the early years of these routes, ships would be…