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!  

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 awestruck feeling of seeing a tall ship in the harbour never goes away. June 7th, 2016 was no exception when this ship graced our harbour with its presence. Today, I’m writing about the tall ship Simón Bolívar. Figurehead on the bow of the Simón Bolivar. (more…)

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 Weight: 28,388 tonnes Draught: 7.5 metres Decks: 8 Cabins: 462 Capacity: 900 Crew: 329 Speed: 22 knots Year: 1973 (more…)

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 Narrows shortly after 2:00pm. Ship Stats Nationality: Bahamas Length: 217.9m Beam: 32.3m Weight: 43,537 tonnes Draught: 7.2m Decks: 10 Capacity: 1,350 Crew: 471 Speed: 22 knots Year: 1988 (more…)

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 filled as much as they could with passengers, cargo, and crew. Most of the time, these ships would make fairly uneventful crossings. However, when things went wrong, they went very, very wrong. One of these, while en route to Quebec, Canada, ran aground off the coast of Newfoundland with a loss…

April 10, 2015 OriginalShipster

British Columbia has a long list of shipwrecks. Many of them are more recent, including decommissioned Navy ships as artificial reefs (such as the HMCS Annapolis this year), and the sinking of the ferry M/V Queen of the North in 2006. Quite a few of them, however, stem from the turn of the century, when the expansion of the Canadian west was in full swing, and steamships were the way to get people and cargo to communities along the rushing rivers. One such ship was owned by the Hudson Bay Company, and met a quick and unfortunate demise on the Skeena…