Image via CBC News


Saturday evening, an ocean-going tugboat, Barbara Foss successfully tethered the Russian container ship Simushir, adrift since losing power Thursday, and is towing the disabled ship away from the Canadian coast. [CBC News reports]

Canadian Coast Guard ship Gordon Reid had managed to tow the ship 24 nautical miles out to sea before the towline got detached, setting the ship adrift again for six hours Saturday.

CCGS Gordon Reid towing Simushir Friday , 17 October, 2014. Photo via Maritime Forces Pacific facebook


CBC News: A large oceangoing tugboat has arrived to help a Russian cargo ship carrying hundreds of tons of fuel that is once again adrift off the west coast of Haida Gwaii.

A Canadian Coast Guard vessel began towing the incapacitated ship Friday evening, but lost the first two tow lines and then finally its third tow line late Saturday morning.

Barbara Foss. Photo by onyxman via


A spokesman with the Canadian Forces’ Joint Rescue Co-ordination Centre in Victoria told CBC News at 11:30 a.m. PT that the Canadian Coast Guard vessel Gordon Reid had tried three times to attach lines to the Simushir, but that all three lines had snapped.

Read more from CBC News here…

 by Mai Armstrong


F/V Sherman Zwicker, Maine Maritime Museum. Photo by Jacklee via wikipedia

Have you been aboard F/V Sherman Zwicker yet?

This historic wooden schooner, transformed from her fishing boat roots, has been making waves on the Hudson waterfront as a chic and trend-worthy floating oyster bar called Grand Banks.

Photo via Business Insider

Moored at Pier 25 on the Hudson River, the 145 capacity vessel sports a menu that includes “sustainably sourced oysters” and “nautically inspired cocktails”.

Photo via

Unless you want to wait until next April to check out their Engine Room, you’ll want to get to Pier 25 before the end of the month. F/V Sherman Zwicker will be heading south for the winter at the end of October.

Photo via

Read more about the history of the F/V Sherman Zwicker at

by Mai Armstrong



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