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…

February 24, 2015 OriginalShipster 2Comment

Hi All! I hope you’re all having a great week so far. For this week’s “Over the Waves” we’re heading to the waters around Nova Scotia. I know I’ve covered Coast Guard ships before (usually ones that have been in the St. John’s Harbour), but I decided to look a bit further back, to when they were considered Canadian Government Ship (or Dominion Government Steamer). And, not surprisingly, I found a ship that caught my interest. This week I bring you all the story of the CGS Aberdeen. (more…)

October 21, 2014 OriginalShipster

Hello all! Sorry for the lack of Friday post but there wasn’t anything new in the harbour this past week. I’m working on some segments for the winter when traffic slows down, and I should have the first instalment ready by Friday. Thanks for your patience and support! This Monday, we’re going off the coast of Nova Scotia to a small stretch of land. Famous for its wild horses and rugged beauty, Sable Island also has a darker reputation. Wrecks litter its shores and the shallows surrounding the island, a testament to the dangers of uncharted shoals and swift currents….

October 7, 2014 OriginalShipster 2Comment

Hello everyone. For this weeks Over the Waves I decided to focus on a Canadian Navy story from the Second World War. Personally, I knew there had been U-boats off Canada’s shores during wartime, and I knew about a couple that had been sunk (such as the one off of Bell Island, near St. John’s). What I didn’t know was the story of the HMCS Esquimalt and U-190, something that happened right in Canadian territory with one of our own ships. So, for this week, that’s the story I am bringing to you all. U-190 Stats Nationality: Nazi Germany Length:…

September 8, 2014 OriginalShipster

Usually, when people hear the name White Star Line, their minds go to the RMS Titanic and then maybe to her sister ships, Olympic and Brittanic. Before this steel giants sailed the seas, however, they had a number of predecessors. One of the most important of those is the SS Atlantic. Ship Stats SS Atlantic at full sail Nationality: British Length: 128.4m Beam: 12.4m Weight: 3,707 tonnes Draught: 3.4m Lifeboats: 10 (more…)

September 1, 2014 OriginalShipster

The M/V Christmas Seal was a medical ship that provided medical services and screenings for isolated outport communities in Newfoundland from 1947 to 1970. She was originally an American Naval Crash Rescue Boat, used to rescue air crews and pilots from crashed airplanes.

The M/V Christmas Seal at sea. Photo from
Ship Stats Nationality: American/Canadian Length: 32m Speed: 18 knots Year: 1943 Crew/Staff: 12 Patients: 23 (more…)