August 19, 2017 OriginalShipster 1Comment

UPDATED: August 19th, 2017 Wondering what that navy vessel is in the harbour this weekend? Take a peek at this article I wrote in 2014 that tells you all about it. As of this edit, there are four other vessels of this same class under construction in Portugal – Sines, Setúbal, Funchal, and Aveiro – at the WestSea Shipyard. Sines was launched on May 3rd, 2017 and is set to join the navy June of next year (2018). Setúbal is on schedule to be launched in 2019. Funchal and Aveiro are scheduled to begin construction later this year. The Viana do Castelo-class ships will gradually replace the current…

April 29, 2015 OriginalShipster

The Canadian Pacific Railway had been expanding its range since it’s creation in 1881, increasing their portfolio to include both railways and steamships ,and creating a way from someone to travel from Liverpool, UK to Japan, China, or Hong Kong without ever needing to change carriers. In 1901, they purchased the Canadian Pacific Navigation Company and added West Coast coastal ships to their list of services. This new division, the Canadian Pacific Railway Coast Service, sailed a fleet of “Princess” ships from Vancouver, BC to Skagway, Alaska. One of these ships is the one whose story we’re looking at this week – the…

December 9, 2014 OriginalShipster 2Comment

Happy Tuesday, everyone. As I’m sure you can all appreciate, December is crunch time with a mix of work deadlines, social obligations, and preparing for the holidays. This past weekend was particularly hectic, which is why my blog is coming to you a day late. I’m working on some format overhauls for the New Year that will help me get things out to you all on time, so please bear with me! Additionally, as you have no doubt noticed, some of those changes have also included a new layout for the site. I’m trying this out for a couple of…

September 30, 2014 OriginalShipster 2Comment

At the beginning of the Second World War, it was decided by the Allied forces that perhaps Newfoundland was more strategic of a location than they had previously thought. Being closer to Europe that anywhere else in North America, and being an island, gave it an advantage that land-based ports didn’t have. Unfortunately, the effects of the Depression and the FIrst World War were still being felt, and Newfoundland could not afford to build any new defences on its Island shores. The Americans built two bases – one in St. John’s, on the site of Pleasantville (the old training grounds…

September 23, 2014 OriginalShipster

Happy Tuesday all! Sorry for the delay in posting. Continuing on with our theme from last week, I decided to go with another lesser known ocean liner from my favourite era. Back in the day, Canadian Pacific not only had a railway, but had ocean liners that left from both coasts. At one point, Canada had transportation that covered over half of the world, being able to get from Liverpool to Singapore without changing the shipping line. One of their ships was the elegant Empress of Scotland, coming into the fleet in 1921. Leading up to that however, she had…

September 15, 2014 OriginalShipster

I’ve decided to take a bit of a departure this week from smaller vessels. Since my first love is ocean liners, I decided to look to my larger ships, and tell the story this week of the RMS Queen Elizabeth. The RMS Queen Elizabeth, in her prime Ship Stats Nationality: British Length: 314.2m Beam: 36m Weight: 83,673 tonnes Draught: 11.6m Capacity: 2,283 passengers Crew: 1,200~ Year: 1938 Named after the Queen Cosort (and later the Queen Mum) the Queen Elizabeth was launched in 1938 and christened by the Queen Mum herself. On the cusp of war…

August 18, 2014 OriginalShipster

Portugal has a very rich fishing history, especially off the shores of Newfoundland. For hundreds of years, Portuguese schooners brought their fishermen to the grounds of the Grand Banks, lowering their small dories into the water. These men would fish all day using hand lines (or later, small trawl nets), returning to their ships at night to offload, salt, prepare, and store their catch. While it seems like it would be a simple life, it was dangerous. You could get trapped between your dory and the hull of your vessel, lost in the fog, or if a storm came up,…