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The Halifax Based Barge ShovelMaster (Tied up next to pier 9) Ran into trouble and Capsized in Heavy weather of Yarmouth, wed. From the Halifax Chronicle Herald:
A CH-149 Cormorant hovers over the barge Shovel Master. The helicopter from 413 Squadron based at 14 Wing Greenwood was returning from training in Summerside, P.E.I., when called to assist the vessel. The Cana dian Press reported rescue officials got a call late Wednesday afternoon that the barge, towing a dredge, was taking on water about 50 kilometres west of Yarmouth on the Lurcher Shoal. The rescue centre in Halifax says that seas were four to five metres high with winds up to 90 kilometres an hour. The helicopter lowered a rescue technician into the water. One by one, the three crew members on the barge were lifted into the helicopter and flown to the Yarmouth hospital where one was treated for minor lacerations. The barge was still floating Thursday.

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Fire!!

The Canadian Navy fireboat, YTR 561 Firebird, battles a blaze aboard MV Caruso, Ex CCGS Sir Charles Tupper, moored at Dartmouth’s marine slips in Dartmouth, N.S. on Saturday, Oct.11, 2008. (Photo THE CANADIAN PRESS / Andrew Vaughan)

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Woodside

The Woodside Area is home to several wharfs 

Google Map of Woodside
Woodside Industries
A Division of Irving Shipbuilding, They are currently working on the PSS Chemul Accommodation Platform. Their facilities are outlined bellow, from the Irving shipbuilding website.

  1. Main Assembly Shop – 114.5m x 29.9m x 23.7/12.2m. Complete with 2 x 40 tonne, 2 x 20 tonne, 2 x 15 tonne overhead cranes and 2 x 1 tonne crane
  2. Pipe Shop – 46.1m x 18.5m
  3. Warehouse – 40m x 24.6m, complete with heating & sprinkler systems
  4. Additional stores – 15m x 15m
  5. Laydown Area – 2,200m2
  6. Offices – 600m2
  7. Load-Out wharf – total length 229m
  8. Module Assembly Pad – 13,600m2
  9. Module Shop – 2500m2

Ferry Terminal and IEL Wharf

Metro Transit has the Woodside Ferry dock on the left, And to the right is the IEL Warf, Home to Atlantic Towing tugs Atlantic Larch and Atlantic Oak. Also in the picture are Atlantic Elm, And the brand new Atlantic Beaver.

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PSS Chemul


Under repair at Woodside Industries, the Accommodation platform was previously under repair in the Mobile river when it slipped off a barge during hurricane katrina, and floated downstream until it got stuck under a bridge.

More Details via RigZone
Arrived on April 12, expected to stay a year. 
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Search Resumes for Franklin Expedition


The CCGS Sir Wilfrid Laurier will begin a 6 week search on Aug 18th for the remains of HMS Erebus and HMS Terror which are believed to have become stranded in ice in 1848, causing Franklins crew to set off over land to seek help. Over the last 150 years, numerous attempts have located some bodies, and other artifacts, but never the actual ships themselves. 
Painting above is the HMS Terror in the Arctic during the winter of 1836/1837 and from the National Maritime Museum
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Welcome

So .. I pondered setting up a blog on the comings and goings in Halifax Harbour, I’ve set it up, lets see if it takes off.  If your a haligonian, and want to write for it, Please drop me a line, or also send me a note if you have a hot tip about what’s going on.

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