July 25, 2014 OriginalShipster 1Comment

For those of you who follow my Twitter, you’ll know that this has been a pretty interesting week, harbour wise. We’ve had some heavy duty ships in this week. Here’s the scoop… Leonardo da Vinci Ship Stats Nationality: Mauritius Length: 121.5m Beam: 22.4m Weight: 1490 tonnes Speed: 8.4 knots Year:…

July 21, 2014 OriginalShipster 4Comment

Ship Stats Nationality: Newfoundlander Length: 47m Weight: 439 tonnes Year: 1900 Built: Glasgow, Scotland Sailed by: Reid Newfoundland Company After covering an Eastern Newfoundland wreck last week, I decided to go right across to the West Coast for this week. The SS Ethie was a ship of the Alphabet Fleet,…

July 18, 2014 OriginalShipster 1Comment

It was a beautiful week of hot Canadian summer weather! St. John’s doesn’t usually get weather like this, so it’s definitely been welcome! And in port to enjoy this fine weather were the following Canadian ships and their crews… (more…)

July 14, 2014 OriginalShipster 2Comment

Ship Stats Launched: 1923 Built in: T√łnsberg, Norway Sunk: 1960s Sailed by: Hawke Whaling Co. (also owned by the Polar Whaling Company) Owner: Captain Johan Borgen Nationality: Norwegian, then Newfoundlander Length: 35.7m Beam: 6.6m Weight: 212 tonnes If you have ever driven along the Conception Bay Highway, you may have…

July 11, 2014 OriginalShipster 1Comment

As I mentioned in my introduction, the diversity of the ships that come through the Narrows is something that keeps drawing me back to the harbour. This week, I’m doing a breakdown of some ones I found particularly interesting. (more…)

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…

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….