Walking Dead settlement found

February 28, 2014

Old jet fighter, center of town In the previous posts I talked allot about isolation and prisons, well, because it feels like that for me right now. I am on a small tug near the town of Stephenville, in western Newfoundland. We are docked at the site of the old pulp mill, abandoned a few years ago.  I was coming back from town the other day, after paying the cab…

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Regular Sex

February 24, 2014

NYC: March 2003 As it turns out, my latest hitch aboard another old tug, has taken me clear across the country, to Newfoundland. Unfortunately, as many in Eastern North America have experienced, the weather is brutal, and not conducive to many maritime operations.  With no civilization nearby, and with no other entertainment options, we’ve been passing the time watching quite a few movies, now well into my “second choice” library,…

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Missing link(s)

February 15, 2014

Another day in Newfoundland, another blizzard Yes, I am back online, after a brief one week stint at home, from a salvage job in Ontario back in early January, I’ve been dispatched clear across the country, to Newfoundland. The first time I’ve spent any time Designated onboard smoking area in this far flung place, unfortunately, the near constant blizzards and remoteness of the dock has meant little sightseeing. The boat…

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Evans’ riveting story

January 17, 2014

Evans McKeil We are just wrapping up cargo operations in Hamilton, the cargo is of wheat, lightered off the grounded Orsula, off Cape Vincent in late December. The ship made it to Montreal albeit with some damage to her propeller, but the “salvaged” cargo has been a long experience on its own, challenged by numerous weather, and “administrative” fronts. My workplace, and home, for this particular adventure has been the…

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Wanted: Passion, experiences, discoveries

January 15, 2014

Marine Engineering – The New Wave is looking for you: the sparkle in your company’s portfolio, the passionate debater, the champion of maritime matters, the creator of ships, the whiz of solutions, the grand visionary, the energy innovators… Yes, The New Wave wants you all! Technical Conference and Marine Exhibition The New Wave is a technical conference and exhibition occurring June 2014, in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. Western Canada is…

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Cold and desolate

December 10, 2013

Pulling up the barge’s spuds on a very chilly day We pulled stakes – literally, the barge was “staked” in – from Deception Bay about three weeks ago (as written at the time when I had no internet service). However the weather deteriorating, and not having an anchor on the barge, meant we steamed around the bay doing circles for three days. Yes, there is no more fun a sailor…

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Tenacity will lead to Friendship in Nanaimo

December 2, 2013

Island Tenacity, readied for Nanaimo Picture IFSL Tonight, the City Council of Nanaimo is holding a special meeting to hear from residents, about the proposal before them, by Island Ferry Service Ltd of Victoria. They are seeking approval, and some concessions, from the city in a bid to bring back foot passenger ferry between the Harbour City and Vancouver. In the past, several ventures have failed at this, for various…

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O NSPS, NSPS! wherefore art thou NSPS?

November 28, 2013

I was asked recently to make a comment in a forum between two seasoned mariners, now working ashore in senior level positions. Of course there is no way I want to be in between two sailors looking for “blood”, but it did make me think about expressing my thoughts on the federal government’s National Shipbuilding Procurement Strategy, aka the NSPS, that have been tumbling around in the old vacuous cranium…

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