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…

August 18, 2015 OriginalShipster 6Comment

One of the most important rules when it comes to being on the water is that if someone else is in trouble, and you can help, you do it. It doesn’t matter if you and the skipper on the other boat don’t get along, or if you’re competing for the same catch. If someone is in trouble, you help. This is even more evident with this week’s story. The crew of a fishing boat got into trouble off the coast of Cape Breton, and radioed for help. Ships nearby responded, including a Canadian National Railway (CNR) railcar ferry that was…

July 19, 2015 OriginalShipster 1Comment

Shipwrecks litter the shores and banks of any coastal area. Sometimes they lie just below the surface, or as washed up wreckage on the shore. Occasionally the rusted out skeletons remain above the surface, serving as reminders of time past. Previously I’ve covered the SS Charcot, SS Florizel, SS Kyle, HMS Calypso and the SS Ethie, all wrecks that are visible from land. This week, we look at the wreck of a cargo ship on the shores of Gander Bay, the SS Ahern Trader. (more…)

June 15, 2015 OriginalShipster 2Comment

Hi everyone! I’m sorry for the delay in posting here over the last couple of weeks. Two weeks ago I was in Ottawa, and this past week I have been brutally sick. Today, we get back on schedule, so here we go! Back to the shores of Newfoundland, where in the 1600s North America was still new land and the French and English were fighting over who had rights to what. In one standoff in Bay Bulls Harbour, a ship was sank to prevent it from being captured by the French. Today, the wreck is a protected archaeological site. This week, we’re looking…

January 9, 2015 OriginalShipster 2Comment

Last week, I received a message from Martin LeDuc, Chief Engineer on the McKeil Marine owned tug Beverly M I. The Beverly was in St. John’s for some maintenance and was moored at NewDock – Martin wanted to know if I was interested in a tour of the tug. I jumped at the opportunity, so Saturday afternoon, myself and Scott Humber of Scott Humber Photography headed down to the dock and met up with Martin for a tour of the ship. (more…)

November 28, 2014 OriginalShipster 2Comment

Continuing with this theme of ships that are in the harbour for the winter, and following up with the icebreaker Louis S. St-Laurent from last week, I decided to do a profile on the first Coast Guard ship I ever saw. When I still lived in Ontario, I remember watching the show “Mighty Ships” on Discovery Channel. They showcased one of our heavy icebreakers that also doubled as a supply vessel, heavy tug, and all around multi-purpose vessel. That ship was the CCGS Terry Fox, and she is our ship for this segment of “This Week”. (more…)

November 20, 2014 OriginalShipster 2Comment

Hello everyone! I know I’m a couple of days late but this week has just been crazy! I’m happy finally be able to sit down and tell you about a well known Newfoundland ship. The first time I came across this wreck was a few years ago, when I was an intern living in St. John’s for the summer. I was on a day-trip out to the community museum in Carbonear, and it was one of my first trips out of the city. It was also very early in the morning, and I was making a desperate effort not to…

November 1, 2014 OriginalShipster

This week, as you all know, was Hallowe’en! In honour of what is, honestly, my favourite holiday, I decided to seek out a story that tied in marine history and an excellent ghost story. For help, I reached out to the ever-fantastic and helpful Dale Jarvis – folklorist, storyteller, and creator of the St. John’s Haunted Hike. Dale sent me in the direction of the story of the SS Blue Jacket, a story that combines heroism, terror, and the a ghost story that has continued on from 1862 to present day. Ship Stats Nationality: British (Newfoundland) Class: Steam packet-boat Crew: 7 Capacity: 12…

October 25, 2014 OriginalShipster

Hello all! The traffic in the harbour has started to slow as we move into the autumn, so I’m going to be changing the format a bit. Every Friday I will be showcasing one particular ship that calls St. John’s home. I will report any new ships that sail in, of course, but this way I’d like to focus on ships that are more local rather than visiting. To start this off, I’m going to feature one of my favourite Canadian Coast Guard vessels, the CCGS Ann Harvey. (more…)

October 13, 2014 OriginalShipster 1Comment

Happy Canadian Thanksgiving! I hope all my Canadian friends have had lots of time for love and laughter this weekend, as well as super food! This week, we are starting off with the earliest wreck that I have covered so far; the Lady of the Lake, which sank in 1833. Ship Stats Nationality: British Weight: 650 tonnes Class: Transport brig Year: 1827 Built in Aberdeen, Scotland, the Lady of the Lake was a (more…)