“Gentleman’s Agreement” and how they affect professional Canadian seafarers

October 31, 2016

Ontario – “Yours to discover” We were in port unloading, nearby, a well-known ship was in the dry-dock, getting repairs done. I thought to myself, what a great opportunity to dispel some myths, and have a look at this vessel, and perhaps “drop my name in”, as I had heard of the wages and conditions being “decent”. Once on board, I found the ship was not what I had imagined…

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Thermopylae Club Annual Dinner, Victoria BC

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March 22, 2016

Wednesday 13 April 2016, Royal Victoria Yacht Club, 3475 Ripon Road No host bar opens at 6 PM Dinner at 7 PM Tickets by reservation $50. Seating limited. The Thermopylae Club of Victoria is pleased to extend an invitation to its annual dinner. The club, marking its eighty-fourth year, is named after one of the fastest and most famous clipper ships of its time. Thermopylae operated in the tea trade…

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Karma is nice

July 4, 2015

Charles Leeuwenburg wears many hats, being charitable to visiting sailors is just one more. (Picture by CL) Some people think I make a fortune off my marine engineering website. I don’t get that comment so much these days, but back when I started in 2000, there was this expectation that everybody with a website was a millionaire. No, far from it. It’s actually quite a bit of an expense in…

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Spamily – builder of ships, not nations

April 23, 2015

In a previous post I was musing about shipyards, ports, and other national assets that are often taken advantage of by being “privatized”, or otherwise utilized to enrich a select few.  Meanwhile the states, and its people, are burdened with the cost of developing and maintaining these assets. I find this grossly offensive myself. We only have to look to the Soviet State and its huge infrastructure, “sold” for fractions…

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Used but good… Almost never !

December 22, 2013

What makes you think I have more time to sort your shit out? My father in law is nearly in his nineties, having lived a full life, but with many hardships. They grew up in the time of the great depression, where all things were precious and should not be “thrown out”. I don’t entirely disagree with this philosophies, but one must come to grips with the realities of the…

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Far from home

I got home last week, but have been beset by “fires” which took priority over my online musings… but despite contracting a computer virus, not to mention the internet isolation of my last contract in the north, I hope to bring you a few steady musings over the next couple of weeks anyways. Speaking of isolation, Google has chosen to use a Marine Engineer on board a ship, to convey…

November 26, 2013
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The journey is afoot…

April 27, 2013

The Maple Leaf goes up for the first time Off we go, we should be leaving the port of Ajman, in the UAE shortly, bound for the Mediterranean Sea where I understand we might have our first job. The tug Sharon M1 has been in the shipyard for about 6 weeks now, lots of work has been done, and most of it is now completed. We’ve had hot days, been…

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The Purple Squirrel in uncertain times

April 2, 2013

I’ve been on a job search for several months now, and I must say its been really slow everywhere. It may just be me, but decent gig are rare to find these days. I ran across a couple of articles which struck a chord with me in regards to the job market of today. The first article is from Canada’s national paper, the Globe and Mail, and struck a particular…

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