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Happy Birthday to Me

August 16th marks the 9th Birthday of Halifax Shipping News – Which began on this day back in 2008.

In Celebration, from now until midnight Saturday, Anyone who subscribes will get a free PDF electronic copy of out tall ships photo book. Subscription help cover the costs of running this site, and since you contributed directly, also render it Ad Free*.

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New Feature – The Port Report

we have launched a New Feature on our site – The Port Report. you can Reach it at http://halifaxshippingnews.ca/portreport.php

This report generates on demand, and updates every 2 hours. It currently features the latest posts on HSN,  Weather, Wind & Sea Conditions, and Arrivals & Departures.

We will be looking to add new information and features to the report, and are happy to entertain requests and comments.

 

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Busy Day at the Cruise Terminal


Today brought the arrival of 3 cruise ships. Insignia tied up at pier 20, Maasdam tied up at pier 22, and Seven Seas Navigator at pier 23.

Also at pier 24 is the fishing vessel Atlantic Preserver, which belongs to Clearwater Seafoods.

Unfortunately all the cruise ships parked with their stern to public camera view..

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Shipspotting 101: Sailing vessels

Cat Boat

catboats are simple, and feature only a main sail. the Opti or the Laser are common Examples. Not restricted to small dingys, the  Hinterhoeller built Nonsuch is a cat rigged keel boat that was built in lengths of 22-40 feet.

 

Sloop

sloops feature 2 sails – a Main sail behind the mast, and a Jib forward. a Jib will not extend rearward beyond the mast, however a Genoa will. Genoa’s are also known as an overlapping jib, and can be seen on the examples above. this is also a Simple fore and aft rig (with a sail infront, and behind the mast) which will be repeated on larger vessels.

Yawl / Ketch

Dorothea is a ketch. Both vessels add a second “Mizzen” mast behind the main sail, the difference in name comes from whether that mast is located Fore or Aft of the Rudder post. In Dorothea’s case, the rudder is on the Transom, So its a Ketch. The Mizzen mast on a Yawl is typically much smaller then the main, and as far to the rear as possible.

a famous yawl was Joshua Slocum’s vessel Spray

Schooner

Schooners are a complicated sail plan, because there can be so much variation. Bluenose is an example of a Gaff rigged schooner. A schooner is a ship rigged the main sail (largest) on the main mast, and a foresail on the foremast. The Gaff rig refers to the the spar member at the top of the sail, which allows for more sail area as the sail doesn’t need to be triangularly shaped to come to a point at the mast.

3 masted schooners are also common, and simply add an additional sails. (the largest schooner featured 7 masts) topsail schooners feature additional top sails on the masts, as seen on the Pride of Baltimore II.

Finally a Bermuda rig schooner features triangular sails off the fore and main masts, as you would see in a sloop. – Not surprisingly, the Bermuda rig is found on the 3 masted schooner Spirit of Bermuda. This Ship also Shows the relative hights of the Masts – the Main Mast (the center mast, carrying the largest sail) is Tallest, the foremast is next, and the mizzen is shortest. The Spirit of Bermuda’s masts are also Raked – or angled rearward. this was done to improve performance of the ship.

Brigantine

A brigantine is like a schooner, however it features a Gaff rigged main sail on the main mast, and is Square rigged on the foremast. While many historical examples exist, the only current examples I know both belong to Bytown Brigantine, The Black Jack, and Fair Jeanne (pictured)

Brig

A brig features 2 square rigged masts. the Main Mast features a Small Gaff rigged sail as well to improve maneuverability. the US Brig Niagara is a replica of Oliver Hazard Perry’s relief flagship on the great lakes durign the war of 1812.

Barquentine

A Barquentine is a vessel with 3 or more masts – the foremast being Square rigged and the others being gaff rigged. Peacemaker (above) is an example.

Barque

A barque is a vessel with 3 or more masts, the foremast and main mast being square rigged, and the Mizzen mast gaff riged. The Picton Castle is a good example of a barque.

Full Rigged Ship

A full rigged ship features 3 or more masts, all square rigged. The Italian Navy vessel Amerigo Vespucci is a full rigged ship, though I don’t have a photo of her with her sails up.

 

Finally, In Summary:

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Preserver Departs for the Scrap Yard

Preserver sailed for the Great Lakes today, under tow from the tug Lois M. As of noon, she was passing the Museum Wharfs.
As previously reported, she is on her way to be scrapped.

Top photo captured via NovaScotiaWebcams.com. Others from MARLANT, via twitter.

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Parade of sail undocking times

Note these are estimates and may change

Bluenose II 10:15 am

Tree of Life 9:35 am

Katie Belle 9:40 am

Larinda 9:45 am

USCGC Eagle 10:30 am

Vahine 10:30 am

Spaniel 10:30 am        

Atyla 10:30 am

Oosterschelde 10:20 am

St. Lawrence II 10:25 am

Regina Germania 10:30 am

Peter von Danzig 10:40 am

Spirit of South Carolina 10:45 am

Alexander von Humboldt II 10:50 am

El Galeon 11:00 am

Rona II 11:00 am

Jolie Brise 11:05 am

Impossible Dream 11:10 am

Geronimo 11:15 am

Silva 11:00 am

Spirit of Bermuda 11:20 am        

Mist of Avalon 11:25 am

Wylde Swan 11:30 am

Blue Clipper 11:35 am

Theodore Too                

Gulden Leeuw 11:40 am

HMCS Oriole 11:30 am

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