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…


Bridging the waters of BC

September 24, 2013

I have a special fondness for the Marine Branch of the British Columbia Ministry of Transport. They accepted me as a Marine Engineering Apprentice a long time ago, when very few companies chose to invest in training future Marine Engineers. The Marine Branch ran all the provincially owned ferries in the province until the 60’s, when BC Ferries was created. The ferries in the province where then separated into Fresh…


West Coast pirate spotted in Dubai

July 24, 2013

The ridiculously large giga yacht Dubai On my last “hitch”, I ended up in Ajman, near Dubai, picking up an ex Swire Pacific Offshore tug that my current company bought, and brought back to Canada. While there, I ran into an “old friend” unexpectedly. We took the day off from the busy shipyard, and went ‘touristing’ in Dubai. One of the sights we went to was the Palm Jumeirah, where,…


Night at the museum

January 23, 2013

Maritime Museum in Victoria, BC The BC Maritime Museum is holding a special exhibit to celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of the Canadian Coast Guard. Located on the second floor of the museum, you will find videos, pictures, and dare I say, artifacts from the Coast guard, many of which I recognize from time there – model coast guard ships, fog horn, a Marconi radio station – where kids can decipher…


Tombstone design

April 14, 2012

Tombstone design; that’s what my maritime school instructor use to characterize the maritime regulation making mechanism. Probably no bigger set of regulations has ever been imposed on the seafaring world, than the ones resulting from the sinking of the RMS Titanic. Unless you are a cavemen, having recently awoken from your long icy slumber, then I am sure you are well aware that the Royal Mail Ship Titanic, sank 100…



February 8, 2011

I have a strange fascination with all thing nuclear, especially ships. I came across this interesting pictorial of the world’s first nuclear powered ship. The Soviet icebreaker Lenin. Check out the rest of the pictures here. Here is another photo album as well. Murmansk is featured in this series of arctic pictures. From Wikipedia… ” NS Lenin is a Soviet icebreaker launched in 1957, and is both the world’s first…


Steaming Master

October 27, 2010

The SS Master Society is an all-volunteer non-profit group of dedicated individual that today is navigating in troubled waters. Unless new revenue streams are identified and maintained, the SS Master just may find herself without the funds to continue on steaming. For years the society has always been able to rely on a small gaming grant from the BC Lottery Foundation which has now been cut off. The grant was…