March 10, 2015 OriginalShipster

The May 24th Long Weekend is one of my favourite holidays. Over time, the focus has shifted from celebrating the birthday of Queen Victoria to celebrating the arrival of summer, but one thing has remained the same – it’s a chance for people to get out and enjoy the first of the summer weather! This sentiment certainly isn’t new, but not every May 24th has ended a happy one. In 1881, this holiday was marred with one of the worst tragedies that London, Ontario has ever suffered. Today, we’re looking at the story of the Victoria. (more…)

January 5, 2015 OriginalShipster 3Comment

Hello everyone, and Happy New Year! I hope you all had a safe and happy holiday season. As I mentioned in my last post, I was back in Ontario visiting family. It was a wonderful visit, and it came to an end far too quickly (as holidays tend to). (more…)

November 5, 2014 OriginalShipster

As some of you may have heard, September was a very busy month for shipwrecks. The Canadian Government, working with Parks Canada and different agencies, finally located the HMS Erebus from the fabled Franklin expedition. Shortly after, a four-man team located the wreck of the Nisbet Grammer, a steel cargo ship that collided with another ship and sank to the bottom of Lake Ontario almost 90 years ago. (more…)

October 27, 2014 OriginalShipster

This week, we are going to leave the East Coast and venture along the St. Lawrence Seaway to the Brockville narrows. Just offshore of Cockburn Island lies the wreck of a drilling scow that met a quick and violent end – the John B. King. Ship Stats Nationality: Canadian Length: 42.7m Beam: 15.2m Weight: 684.1 tonnes Crew: 42 Class: Drill scow, wooden (more…)

August 26, 2014 OriginalShipster

Sorry for the delay this week, folks! We had some visitors in from out of town so I wasn’t able to get the article up on time. This week I decided to feature a wreck from my home province; one that anyone who has visited the Niagara region is probably familiar with. Anyone who has visited Niagara Falls (either the Canadian or American side, though your vantage point for this would be better from Canada) has probably seen the large, rusting wreck in the middle of the rapids leading the way towards the Horseshoe Falls. I remember being a kid…

July 8, 2014 OriginalShipster

Ship Stats Sailed by: Canada Steamship Lines Length: 22.5m Beam: 9.3m Weight: 508 tonnes The SS Alexandria was a steam paddle boat that travelled along the Great Lakes from 1866-1915. She was originally constructed as a freight vessel, but was then refitted and extended to allow for passenger travel, making runs all along the Canadian shores with the occasional trip across to the United States. Towards the end of her career, however, she was changed back into a freight ship, moving goods from one port to the next. (more…)

July 6, 2014 OriginalShipster 2Comment

I’ve been interested in ships and shipwrecks since I was a kid. I distinctly remember learning the story of the RMS Titanic when I was four years old, and then driving my grandfather crazy while belting out the song “They Built the Ship Titanic” over and over again for hours. She was the first ship I fell in love with, and I was hooked. (more…)