It’s okay to say no

November 5, 2018

I was asked recently this question from a visitor, that I though someone else might empathize with, or provide insight. The Question: Is it necessary to consume alcohol onboard the ship? I heard that some crew members will force me to drink, but I don’t have a habit of consuming alcohol. My answer: I think what you are asking me, is whether you are required to drink while working onboard…

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Fond memories of Doxford

October 25, 2018

In an email from South Africa, John Scofield sent this in, after visiting the Doxford Opposed Piston section of the website. “ I was third mate of the KosmosV, a whale factory ship, in the early 70s by which time she had been renamed Suiderkruis, and just as l left, L’interpeche. Built in 1948, at Tyneside, it was an absolute delight to be in engine room at sea, with those…

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“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

THERMOPYLAE
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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