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1. Harbour Hoppers.
After my article about the safety of the Harbour Hoppers, Halifax Today and the Herald ran articles on the safety of the Vehicles. Indecently the preliminary report from the NTSB has been released. U.S. Coast Guard announced that it was convening a Marine Accident Board to investigate the accident.
2.Trade War and Boats
Apparently the Trump trade war is Causing headaches for US Boatbuilders – Both driving up their input costs, and adding 25% cost to buyers. Since Canada has free trade with Europe (And a large supply of aluminum) this could be good news for domestic industry.
3.New Scallop Vessel
Comeau’s Sea Foods, based in Saulnierville NS, has ordered a new Factory Scallop fishing vessel. The ship will be built in Spain, but was designed by Bedford based Allswater Marine. It is expected to be delivered in 2020. The ship will be named Lady Comeau III after Thérèse Comeau, the wife of Comeau’s Sea Foods founder, Bernardin Comeau.
1. GTS Katy Incident
This Twitter thread is interesting- it tells the story of the GTS Katie, a commercial ship carrying military equipment back to Canada. A dispute among the ship owners and the company hired by the military to bring our kit back, so the ship was ordered not to enter Canadian Waters by her owners.
In the End the ship was Boarded, arrested, and escorted to a Canadian port.
#HISTORY: 30 July 2000, #RCNavy destroyer HMCS Athabaskan received orders to close with GTS Katie about 225 km off Newfoundland.
14 Sailors began a heli-borne assault to take control of the ship. @RLitwiller
I took this horrible external 50 foot elevator lift, with other SMEs pic.twitter.com/6TlSFqY0qG
— Rasta ™ (@NSRasta) August 3, 2018
3. Hiding Ships
We are all familiar with dazzle schemes used in the first and Second world wars. It was meant to Disrupt the eye and make ships courses harder to determine. It was Proposed by Painter Norman Wilkinson (who painted Canada’s Answer), In part to Discredit the Cubist Movement. (How can it be art, if its Utilitarian) Clever – but then I came across this Tweet
In 1942, while stranded in enemy waters, the Dutch warship HNLMS Abraham Crijnssen evaded detection by the Japanese and escaped to Australia while disguised as a tropical island. pic.twitter.com/iVwOinS5bs
— Quite Interesting (@qikipedia) July 31, 2018
Aug 7, 1996 – After spending 26years on the bottom, the Oil Barge Irving whale is raised, and the hulk towed into Halifax. She still sails today as the deck barge Atlantic Sealion
Aug 6, 1942 – HMCS Assiniboine rams and sinks German submarine U-210 south of Greenland
Aug 3, 1492 – Christopher Columbus, working for Spain, sailed for the Orient, But found south America
Aug ,1 1798 – The battle of the Nile – The British defeat the French fleet.