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New tugs for the Navy. this time for sure.

The Feds have another tender on the street for the construction for 4 large navy tugs to replace the glen Class. this one has been working through procurement circles for a number of years, they first tried for 6 tugs in 2012. that went nowhere, so in 2015 they went looking to bareboat or time charter commercial tugs. that too went nowhere and now they are looking to buy again.

the request is for an off the shelf design, and the tender requires bidders to present a working example of the design, not more then 10 years old, with more then 1000 working hours.

this tender reads:

the Department of National Defence (DND) has a requirement to replace the Royal Canadian Navys (RCNs) five Glen-class tugs and two Fire-class fireboats with four Naval Large Tugs (NLTs). The procurement strategy is to award a single contract for the design and construction of four commercial-off-the-shelf tugs through a competitive process on

Two tugs will be delivered to Canadian Forces Base (CFB) Esquimalt in British Columbia and the other two tugs will be delivered to CFB Halifax in Nova Scotia.

DND is seeking to acquire four NLTs of a proven, in-service, commercial off-the-shelf design. The primary mission of the new NLTs will be to provide a platform to conduct moves of larger RCN vessels, along with providing towing and afloat firefighting capability, in the harbors on both coasts. Each new vessel is expected to have a minimum 25-year life expectancy. In addition, as part of this procurement, DND will also acquire the necessary technical data packages, operator and maintenance training, and two years worth of spare parts for each vessel.

the tender also mentions that The vessels must be delivered with no more than 500 hours on the main engines and that The vessels shall not be towed from the shipyard to the delivery points.

Masterpiece in Focus: Halifax Harbour 1918

Harold Gilman, Halifax Harbour, 1918. Oil on canvas, 198 x 335.8 cm. National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa. Transfer from the Canadian War Memorials, 1921. Photo: NGC The Painting looks to be looking south, from Dartmouth cove.


The paintings Halifax Harbour, the largest and most ambitious work executed by British artist Harold Gilman, and Winter Camouflage, by Group of Seven co-founder Arthur Lismer, are at the heart of the new exhibition Masterpiece in Focus: Halifax Harbour 1918. The show, which marks the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War, is presented at the National Gallery of Canada from October 12, 2018 to March 17, 2019. It is organized in partnership with the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, where the exhibition will be on display from April 12 to September 2, 2019.

Harold Gilman, Halifax Harbour, 1918. Ink and watercolour on paper, 33.5 x 54.5 cm. Gift of Mrs Harold Gilman (no.VAG 31.57). Collection of the Vancouver Art Gallery.


In 1918 the Canadian War Memorials Fund (CWMF) commissioned artists Harold Gilman (1876–1919) and Arthur Lismer (1885–1969) to depict the war effort at the port of Halifax. The assignment came after the most destructive explosion of the First World War, when a freighter collided with a munitions ship in the Halifax harbour in 1917 killing nearly 2,000 people and injuring thousands more.

Arthur Lismer, Winter Camouflage, 1918. Oil on canvas, 71.5 × 91.6 cm. Purchased 1918. National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa. © Estate of Arthur Lismer. Photo: NGC

Featuring 35 works, including preparatory paintings and drawings, sketches, prints and photographs, Halifax Harbour 1918 explores how these two painters-turned-war-artists approached their respective missions during a critical moment in the history of Canadian landscape painting and the challenges they faced while working in Halifax in the aftermath of the tragedy. For the first time, Gilman’s monumental canvas can be viewed alongside his preparatory works.

the gallery magazine has an article on the Exhibit.

A bilingual and fully illustrated catalogue, as well as essays by Anabelle Kienle Poňka, Lily Foster and Sarah Fillmore accompanies the exhibition. Co-published with Goose Lane Edition. Available at the Boutique at the price of $35, or online at

Halifax Harbour, 1918, organized by Kienle Poňka and Gilman scholar Lily Foster,   includes loans from the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, the Canadian War Museum, Beaverbrook Art Gallery, the Vancouver Art Gallery, the British Council, the Higgins Art Gallery & Museum in Bedford, England, and private collections. Following its run at the Gallery, the exhibition will be on view at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia from April 12 to September 2, 2019.

This Week in the Herald – taking pictures with sound

This week, I talk about Leeway Marine and Kraken Sonar partnering to drive down the cost of High quality Surveys. Kraken Supplies the sonar system, and Leeway Marine supplies the Vessel.

having talked about Leeway Marine in the past, its worth showing off what Kraken Can do.below are images from Kraken’s website, of the Volvos on the bottom of the Bedford basin.


compare these images with the Side Scan Sonar image created by NRCAN from around 2007.


for another Comparison, see the shipwreck image below from  Kraken, and compare that to the side Scan Sonar image of the ferry Governor Cornwallis (also from around 2007, via NRCan)

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1. This week in the Herald

Leeway Marine and Kraken Sonar partner to drive down the cost of High quality Surveys. I’m sorry for the lede. it was my editors idea. He surfs.

2.Chinese parts
CBC reported that the feds were asking about chinese parts in the AOPS. By coincidence, this story came out in Business Week about the Chinese adding chips to Motherboards also came out the same day.

3.Alderny or Purdy’s
Global reports on the potential location for a new cruise terminal.

4. Asterix and Oblix

with the recent Tsunami in Indonesia, its worth bringing up that the NRU Astrix has a sister ship, the Obilix available for conversion and sale at a price of 600 million Canadian. The federal goverment should procure the second conversion, and out fit the ship as a disaster response vessel.

the Asterix can power 10000 homes, and generate enough drinking water for a city. Add beds to the hospital, and Canada could have a formidable tool for international assistance, and give the US Navy’s Hospital ships a run for their money.


5.Moby DIck
The Canadian Press reports on the Nova Zembla, a sunken Whale ship thought to be close to shore off Baffin Island.

6.Thats All Folks!
Ocearch has concluded their expedition, tagging 7 sharks off Mahone Bay


1.Old Ships Log Data

Via twitter

Ship log data from 1622 to 1855 was digitized as a way to study climate, since the logs contained daily weather observations.  (get the data at

whats interesting is you can really see how winds optimized the routes of ships

2.Caligula’s giant pleasure barges.

this thread on twitter is amazing, in that these were built by the Romans in the first place, found, recovered and then lost.


Oct 10,1801 James Morris arrives at Sable Island to setup the first rescue station

Oct 9, 1942 – Canadian merchant ship Carolus was sunk by U69

Oct 8, 1944 – HMCS Mulgrave damaged by a mine and beached near LaHavre France. she was later salvaged, but declared a total loss.

Oct 8, 1885 – J. M. Blaikie, the first four-masted barque built in Canada was launched at Great Village.

Oct 6, 1801 The first group to settle on Sable Island sailed from Halifax.

Oct 4, 1944 – Frigate HMCS Magog is torpedoed in the St. Lawrence river. She survives, and is towed to Quebec for repairs.

Busiest Cruise Ship Day of the Year.

(Above) 5 Ships are packed in at the terminals, bringing over 11000 passengers to port today.

(Above) Norwegian Dawn at pier 20 taking bunkers from Algoma Dartmouth. (below) Royal Caribbeans Anthem of the Seas at Pier 22.

AidaDiva (Left) Norwegian Jade(right) Not shown is Seabourn Quest at Pier 24.

HMCS Sackville Re-enters the water.


HMCS Sackville Re-entered the water this morning, and was floated off the synchrolift at the dockyard.

CCGS Pachena Bay on trials


The new build CCGS Pachena Bay was on trial over the noon hour in the basin. Built By Chantier Naval Forillon, of Quebec, she arrived in Halifax on the 7th.

the vessel along with CCGS McIntyre Bay (Also tied up at BIO) will be sent to BC, and are scheduled to go into operation in 2019. The CCGS McIntyre Bay will be stationed at Prince Rupert, and the CCGS Pachena Bay will serve the Port Hardy.

French Rubis Class Sub.

the Noon hour brought the arrival of the French Rubis class submarine. the exact identity is currently secret, but it would have to be one of the 6 boats in the class.

  • S601 Rubis
  • S602 Saphir
  • S603 Casabianca
  • S604 Émeraude
  • S605 Améthyste
  • S606 Perle

Powered by a nuclear reactor, she tied up at Shearwater.

The Tug Glenivis met the sub off Maugher’s beach with a barge, and recovered a towed array. this suggests the array may have gotten stuck in the deployed position and this was an unplanned stop to deal with that.

UPDATE: Marlant tweeted that the sub is FS Améthyste, and is here to re-supply.

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