Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Sir Robert Bond arrives St. John's

The ferry Sir Robert Bond arrived St. John's around 0900hrs Mar 29, 2011 for refit. The ship is expected to be in St. John's for over a month and will be placed in dry-dock undergoing refit.
The Bond built in 1975 is a regular visitor to St. John's for its refits dating back when she was owned by Marine Atlantic. She was built as a rail car ferry and worked the Port aux Basques run carrying trains and passengers. In 1977 after the William Carson sank the Bond when to Quebec to have passenger cabins, bar and louges added and was sent to the Lewisporte to Goose Bay run, but still when to the Gulf when the Labrador serviced stopped for the winter.

The Bond has proved she is a true work horse.

Monday, March 28, 2011


The ferry Madeleine departed St. John's today around 1230hrs after a refit that required dry-docking. The ship built in 1981, at 9,700 gross tons arrived Feb 14, 2011, her destination is Cap-aux Meules.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011


Marine Atlantic's other new ferry the HIGHLANDERS shown tied up in North Sydney, Nova Scotia.
The Highlanders (Former Stena Traveller) and Blue Puttees (Former Stena Trader) were both modified in Germany at the Lloyd Werft yard, and had the same work done. They were shortened by 12 meter's, they had a bow ramp added with clam doors, there was a second stern ramp added, and the existing stern ramp was modifed, a third bow thruster was added. There was an expansion of superstructures to accommadate 31 new crew cabins, and construction of three lounges with reclining seats for 1000 passengers, and a new bar for each lounge. There were also new elevator and new staircases added to each ship

SMALLWOOD getting underway

The JOSEPH AND CLARA SMALLWOOD getting underway from Port aux Basques March 1, 2011 on what may have been the second last departure from Port aux Basques. Photo taken by my brother

Friday, March 18, 2011

SIR ROBERT BOND arrives home port

The ferry SIR ROBERT BOND arrived back in her home port of Lewisporte, Newfoundland this morning around 0800hrs after completing the winter ferry service between Corner Brook, Newfoundland and Blanc Sablon, Quebec.

The vessel encountered ice through the Strait of Belle Isle, but as she passed St. Anthony the way cleared (information from the Captain). The icebreaker GEORGE R. PEARKES did assist the APOLLO into St. Barbe, Newfoundland as a ridge made it very difficult to get through.

A refit will start on the Bond very soon which will require dry-docking.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

SMALLWOOD departing Port aux Basques

The JOSEPH AND CLARA SMALLWOOD as shown departing Port aux Basques Mar 1, 2011 taken by my brother while he was waiting for the Blue Puttees. This may have the second last departure of the SMALLWOOD before being retired.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Ferry Update

The APOLLO departed St. John's around 1000hrs today en route to Blanc Sablon. She will take over from the SIR ROBERT BOND, the Bond will head to Lewisporte. The APOLLO will start the run on Thursday. (Thanks Barry for the update)

Monday, March 14, 2011

Mechanical problems keeps Sir Robert Bond on Corner Brook run

The ferry Apollo (built 1970) which has been in St. John's for several weeks on refit has made many attempts to depart but mechanical problems has made her return to port in St. John's at least 3 times. The Sir Robert Bond will stay on the Corner Brook to Blanc Sablon run until the Apollo arrives, which is unknown at this time.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011


Rare photos of the now retired CARIBOU and the soon to be retired JOSEPH AND CLARA SMALLWOOD.
This photo was taken in 1990 by my father who at the time worked on the CARIBOU as chief Engineer. In the photo the CARIBOU was on a planned work period and the SMALLWOOD was in service.

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Maersk Chancellor

The supply vessel Maersk Chancellor shown in this photo arriving St. John's Mar 2, 2011.
The ship was returning from the oilfield off Newfoundland. The Maersk Chancellor built in 1986 in Denmark services the Whitrose Field which is 350 KM east of St. John's, Newfoundland.

Another tug for dry-dock

 The Atlantic Cedar shown on dry dock getting a new paint job. The tug is 30.8 meters long, gtoss tonnage 400, and built in 2005.