In The Harbour: CCGS Ann Harvey

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.

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Over the Waves: SS Hungarian

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. Our ship this week was one such wreck; the SS Hungarian.

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In The Harbour: October 4th-October 10th

This week unfortunately we only had one large ship come in - the Royal Caribbean cruise liner Legend of the Seas. We were supposed to also have the M/S Insignia, but she cancelled on Monday due to a massive weather system that is supposed to hit sometime this weekend. So while my post will be short this week, I'll try to make it as interesting as possible! M/S Legend of the Seas.

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In The Harbour: September 27th-October 3rd

Hello folks! I hope you all had a great weekend so far. This week was pretty quiet in the harbour, but we saw a few come through. The first one was...

Chokyu Maru No. 21

  • Nationality: Japanese
  • Length: 52.6 metres
  • Beam: 9.2 metres
  • Weight: 499 tonnes
  • Draught: 4.5 metres
  • Speed: 10.9 knots
  • Year: 1994

Twice or so a year, you can find a Japanese fishing boat in the harbour. This week was the Chokyu Maru No. 21. One of a fleet of fishing vessels of the same name, the Chokyu Maru No. 21 arrived on Wednesday and left this morning. She is currently located just off of St. John's.

"Maru", which means circle or round, is often attached to Japanese vessels (think of the Ryou-Un Maru, the fishing vessel that washed away during the tsunami of 2011). There are a few theories behind this, including "maru" being a circle surrounding a castle (like a moat) or the idea of a ship leaving and returning back to port, making a circle. This was applied to non-warships over the last few centuries.

Maersk Clipper

  • Nationality: Canadian
  • Length: 84.4 metres
  • Beam: 22.6 metres
  • Weight: 5,500 tonnes
  • Draught: 6.8 metres
  • Speed: 10.4 knots
  • Year: 2014

The Maersk Clipper arrived in St. John's on September 26th, fresh from the Chilean port in which she had been built. On the 28th if you were downtown you may have smelled something burning. One of the containers on board the Clipper, holding cardboard and empty drums being brought ashore, caught fire. The fire was put out pretty quickly, and the ship didn't sustain any damage. She is the latest addition to the North Atlantic fleet, and like the Atlantic Kestrel last year, will be making St. John's her new home port.

That, unfortunately, is all we have for this week. It was exceptionally quiet. Hopefully next week I will have more to report.

Have a great week everyone!

Images this week are my own.

In The Harbour: September 12th-September 19th

This week was busy in the Narrows! Let's keep the introduction this week to a minimum because we have a lot of ships to cover.

M/S Amadea

The Amadea moored in St. John's. Photo by Heather Elliott.

  • Nationality: Bahamas
  • Length: 190 metres
  • Beam: 24.7 metres
  • Weight: 28,856 tonnes
  • Draught: 6.2 metres
  • Capacity: 624 passengers
  • Crew: 292
  • Speed: 21 knots
  • Year: 1991

Built in a shipyard in Nagasaki, Japan, the Amadea went into service in December 1991. Originally holding just over 600 passengers, she went through a refit in 2006 adding more cabins and more passenger space. She was visiting St. John's on the end of her "Greenland and the New World", cruise, which involved two transatlantic crossings.

National Geographic Explorer

National Geographic Explorer moored at Pier 17 in St. John's. Photo by Heather Elliott.

  • Nationality: Bahamas
  • Length: 112 metres
  • Beam: 16.5 metres
  • Weight: 6,471 tonnes
  • Draught: 5 metres
  • Capacity: 148 passengers
  • Speed: 15.3 knots
  • Year: 1982

I love all things National Geographic; I'm just going to say that right off the bat. So when I found out that the NatGeo Explorer was going to be in, I was very excited. She was finishing a circumnavigation of Newfoundland, and finishing her cruise in St. John's. She was in port from Wednesday to Thursday, leaving for another cruise to the Azores and Morocco. She has 81 cabins and is outfitted with a chart room, a fleet of 39 kayaks, an observational lounge and an ROV capable of diving to 1000ft. The Explorer is the flagship of the National Geographic fleet, and is one of six ships in the fleet. Additionally, she is specially fitted for ice-excursions with a reinforced hull and travels routes through Antarctic, Arctic, Norway, Greenland, and the Canadian Highlands.

M/V AIDAbella

The AIDAbella brightened up Harbour Drive this week. Photo by Heather Elliott.

  • Nationality: Italian
  • Length: 251.9 metres
  • Beam: 35 metres
  • Weight: 69,203 tonnes
  • Draught: 7.5 metres
  • Capacity: 2,500 passengers
  • Crew: 646
  • Speed: 19.5 knots
  • Year: 2008

Sister to the AIDAluna, the AIDAbella arrived in the afternoon on Wednesday, bringing with her a group of international tourists. The windowed area amidships can double as a nightclub on board, and she even has a nude sunbathing area near her stern (if you're into that sort of thing). The bonus to her arriving so late was that when she left, it was already dark and she looked even more stunning against the city skyline. From here she was heading for Halifax, and then onto New York a city, completing her transatlantic crossing.

M/S Ruby Princess

The Ruby Princess managed to arrive on a gorgeous sunny day. Photo by Heather Elliott.

  • Nationality: Bermuda
  • Length: 288.6 metres
  • Beam: 36 metres
  • Weight: 113,000 tonnes
  • Draught: 8 metres
  • Capacity: 3,080 passengers
  • Crew: 1,200
  • Speed: 23 knots
  • Year: 2008

The final ship of the week was the Ruby Princess of Princess Cruises. Larger than any of the other ones we had seen this week, she towered over the buildings of the city. She usually sails Norway, the North Sea, and the rest of the area. This particular cruise had her going to Norway, over to Newfoundland, and then to New York City. In 2015 she will start sailing out of Seattle along with the Crown Princess. She caters mostly to couples, and was actually christened by a couple from The Bachelorette.

We had a couple of other ships come in this week, but I'm saving them for later on! Hope you all have a fine weekend.

Images this week are my own.