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Recent Featured Articles:Some Interesting Canadian Naval Scientists
21/02/2014 A surprising number of former Canadian naval personnel have excelled in science, undertaking and publishing significant original research. This article presents some brief biographical vignettes of the naval and scientific careers of astronomers, medical researchers, social scientists and others – each them a ‘character’ in his own right – and each of them a scientist.
The Audrey B.
07/02/2014 The Audrey B. began life in the rum running trade in 1928. Throughout her working life, continuing until the early 1960s, she did valuable work for various owners in all of Canada’s major oceans. In retirement she provided a nurturing home for a family in North Vancouver. It was the vessel’s remarkable success in the Arctic, in an environment apparently unsuitable to her design and construction, that drew contributor George Duddy’s attention to this storied vessel, particularly her achievement in forwarding supplies in a very difficult ice year that allowed Captain Scotty Gall to complete the first ever navigation of Bellot Strait of the Northwest Passage in 1937.
The Gillnetter Eva on Finn Slough BC
21/01/2014 The Eva was built as a wooden gillnetter by the Suzuki boatyard for an owner who lived in the little community of Finn Slough on the Fraser River. Finn Slough is a tiny Fraser River fishing community located at the south end of No. 4 Road in Richmond, British Columbia, Canada. The community has approximately 30 residents who live in wooden houses, both floating and built on stilts, along the marshy river bank.
Two Banknotes Featuring Ship Engravings
07/01/2014 Contributor Ronald Greene is a well known expert on banknotes and numismatics. In the days before the Bank of Canada assumed control of all banknote issues in Canada the Canadian chartered banks issued their own notes. To the delight of the collector, there was a wide variety of designs in use, many of them were extremely attractive. A good number of banknotes featured engravings, "vignettes" as they are called, are of ships or of nautical themes. Greene’s article discusses two related designs for banknotes of the Royal Bank of Canada, one issued, the other not. The two designs evoke some fascinating maritime history.
Recent Featured Gallery Images:The Marleah – West Coast Troller
07/03/2014 Contributor Roland Lussier shares his experiences from 1979 when he worked on a troller off the west coast of Vancouver Island. He says that unlike most trollers that fished six or eight lines the Marleah (built by Sather Boat Works)fished with ten lines. This called for more skill and more effort by the crew.
"The Love of His Life" – The Epic Journey of the Kazu Maru
28/02/2014 When contributor Lynn Salmon lived and worked in Prince Rupert in the early 2000s she was always intrigued by a 27 foot Japanese fishing vessel housed and displayed near the waterfront. The vessel seemed nothing special but it’s story was captivating, spanning the Pacific Ocean on an unintentional journey from Owase Japan to the northwest coast of Canada.
The Wildwood 1
14/02/2014 Recently we received an email from Gord Tagg with photograph attachments of the Wildwood 1 to share with readers. She is an example of a re–purposing of a vessel to extend her life. The Wildwood is a former Canadian Naval Auxiliary vessel (YTL–553) built at Falconer Marine in Victoria BC during the Second World War. His photographs give a great insight into her former and current appearances.
28/01/2014 In 1903 sand and gravel was dredged from the gap between North and South Pender Island. This allowed the steamer Iroquois to transit the canal more quickly and avoiding the rough seas at the south end of South Pender Island. It also shortened the route from Sidney to Mayne Island. By 1911 the water was deep enough for passenger vessels to pass through. Contributor Lynn Salmon says that today its a popular route for shallow draft pleasure craft.
Recent Featured Arctic Articles:Arctic Vessels: Anti–fouling and Other Traditional Ship Bottom Covering Concepts
14/10/2013 Captain Sven Johansson, Northwest Passage mariner, shares his thoughts on bottom coverings on traditional wooden Arctic ocean vessels based on his personal experience.
Featured Reference Tables and Lists:
The Royal Canadian Naval Reserve University Naval Training Division (UNTD)
- UNTD –Nominal List (pdf) Updated 28/07/2013
- UNTD –VIP List (Alphabetical (pdf)) Updated 13/09/2013
- UNTD –VIP List (Titles (pdf)) Updated 13/09/2013
- UNTD –Deceased (Alphabetical List (pdf)) Updated 28/07/2013
- UNTD –Deceased (Chronological List (pdf)) Updated 28/07/2013
Bill Clearihue has developed and updated a definitive Nominal List for the University Naval Training Division (UNTD) of the Royal Canadian Naval Reserve which contains the names of almost 6,000 former members and details of their service. Other lists available from him detail the former members known to be deceased and a list of former members who achieved positions of note in their civilian or military careers. Clearihue will update these lists from time–to–time and they will be updated on this site.
Canada’s Admirals & CommodoresCanada’s Admirals & Commodores
14/12/2013 Canada has a rich naval heritage which tends to have a low public profile. To the detriment of the Navy and our awareness of our national culture and history, Canada’s naval contribution in two World Wars, the Korean conflict and the many United Nations and NATO operations is hidden from public view. The great contribution of the navy is both interesting and important – but it is difficult for history lovers to access the information. In 1994 John MacFarlane published the first edition of Canada’s Admirals and Commodores (ISBN #0–09693001–2–3). Since that time we have been maintaining updates to the entries in that publication as well as tracking names of all new appointments as they are announced.
Site News: Feb 22nd, 2014
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