OPINION – Short Sea Shipping! Did I Doze Off or What?

This article was first written in 2008. Today in 2022, the cost of fuel for the huge ships that bring our increasingly expensive essentials from far afield may indeed see us returning to local produce and coastal sail. What do … Continue reading OPINION – Short Sea Shipping! Did I Doze Off or What?

ISSUES: Are the Gulf of Maine and Bay of Fundy threatened by this?

As more and more goods are transported around the globe, ocean traffic continues to rise. As this chart shows, here in the Gulf of Maine and Bay of Fundy, traffic records show the phenomenal activity along our shores. Should we … Continue reading ISSUES: Are the Gulf of Maine and Bay of Fundy threatened by this?

SHIPS & SHIPPING: The Snow Maiden, Grand Manan, NB & Mass.

Roger Nason – In my research for the Grand Manan ferry system, I discovered the “Snow Maiden” shown in this photo, frequently acted as an auxiliary freight schooner during the First World War when the “Aurora” or first steamer “Grand … Continue reading SHIPS & SHIPPING: The Snow Maiden, Grand Manan, NB & Mass.

HISTORY: The first man to sail alone around the world was a Nova Scotian!

READ IT NOW ONLINE DOWNLOAD A FREE PDF OR BUY A PRINTED COPY   Sailing Alone Around the World, Capt. Joshua Slocum By Art MacKay in Nova Scotia 132 pages, published 7/25/2017 Joshua Slocum (February 20, 1844 – on or … Continue reading HISTORY: The first man to sail alone around the world was a Nova Scotian!

SHIPWRECKS: NEW ENGLAND Wrecked Off The Wolves Island – July 25, 1872

NEW ENGLAND Wrecked Off The Wolves Island – July 25, 1872

One of the finest steamers of the International Steamship Line was wrecked on the Wolves on Monday on her passage from St. John to Eastport. The following from the St. John Telegraph gives the particulars of the affair.
In reference to the disaster CAPT FIELD said that he was in the wheel house from the time the vessel left Continue reading “SHIPWRECKS: NEW ENGLAND Wrecked Off The Wolves Island – July 25, 1872”

EXPLORE: Sailing Atlantica with Bruce and Bonnie

Sailing the Gulf of Maine is a special adventure. We published this interesting blog post years ago. Still works today I think. For more exciting postings, visit Bruce and Bonnie’s Blog at: http://bbmarriott.blogspot.com/2008/02/bay-of-fundy.html ******************* Sunday, February 3, 2008BAY OF FUNDY … Continue reading EXPLORE: Sailing Atlantica with Bruce and Bonnie

ISSUE: Climate change and shipping–Unanswered questions

This interesting chart from marinetraffic.com shows the densities of ships travelling in the area for the year 2013. With global trade growing annually, the emissions from gigantic ships that range from huge cruise ships to giant tankers is substantial both in terms … Continue reading ISSUE: Climate change and shipping–Unanswered questions

MYSTERY: 150 years ago the Ghost Ship Mary Celeste was found empty and adrift at sea. What happened?

This great article outlines the mystery of the Mary Celeste … a vessel from Atlantica that was found abandoned on its way to Italy. There are many theories. What do you think happened? Art MacKay *********************** On December 4, 1872, … Continue reading MYSTERY: 150 years ago the Ghost Ship Mary Celeste was found empty and adrift at sea. What happened?

SHIPWRECKS – HMS PLUMPER – BAY OF FUNDY -1812

Plumper Hole – site of the wreck of the HMS Plumper on the New Brunswick shore of the Bay of Fundy Click to access treasure_-the-missing-treasure-at-plumper-hole.pdf Click to access wrecksite-plumper-gun-brig-cutter-1807-1812.pdf Source: WRECKSITE – PLUMPER GUN-BRIG (CUTTER) 1807-1812 Your Donation will help … Continue reading SHIPWRECKS – HMS PLUMPER – BAY OF FUNDY -1812

LOOKING BACK: The Amazing Story of the SS Bellaventure Rescue Ship in NFLD

Source: THE AMAZING STORY OF THE SS BELLAVENTURE’S RESCUES – Payhip The strange tale of a heroic ship with ties to both Russia and Newfoundland prompted one Russian diplomat to mark the anniversary of its demise. Click to access ss-bellaventure-this-doomed-ship-saved-newfoundlanders-defended-russians-final.pdf Continue reading LOOKING BACK: The Amazing Story of the SS Bellaventure Rescue Ship in NFLD

EXPLORE: Sailing the Downeast coast in the 1930s

During the process of researching our coastal lighthouses, I ran across this publication. If you would like to experience things the way they were, then this is a really great read and source of information. Click to access anchor-to-windward.pdf https://archive.org/stream/anchortowindward006018mbp?ui=embed#mode/2up Continue reading EXPLORE: Sailing the Downeast coast in the 1930s

LOOKING BACK: What would a proposed tar sands pipeline to the Bay of Fundy mean for the area?

The following was posted back in 2016 when concerns about the proposed pipeline were being expressed. We are publishing it here again since it speaks to the impacts such a pipeline would have on Atlantica in general and, in particular, … Continue reading LOOKING BACK: What would a proposed tar sands pipeline to the Bay of Fundy mean for the area?

SHIPWRECKS: The Wreckage of SS Andrea Doria is badly deteriorated according to latest findings – 2016

The Wreckage of SS Andrea Doria is badly deteriorated according to latest findings Jul 18, 2016 As a result of a disastrous collision between a cruise liner and another ship off the coast of Nantucket six decades ago, dozens of … Continue reading SHIPWRECKS: The Wreckage of SS Andrea Doria is badly deteriorated according to latest findings – 2016

HISTORY: Arthur Kill Ship Graveyard: Eerie Graveyard of WWII-era ships

BY ARGUNNERS MAGAZINE ON APRIL 6, 2016 In the video above you’ll see aerial footage of ships left abandoned in Staten Island, NY., in a eerie graveyard of WWII-era ships nicknamed the “Arthur Kill Ship Graveyard”. The Arthur Kill ship graveyard … Continue reading HISTORY: Arthur Kill Ship Graveyard: Eerie Graveyard of WWII-era ships

MYSTERY: In 1872 the Mary Celeste was found adrift at sea. What happened?

This great article outlines the mystery of the Mary Celeste … a vessel from Atlantica that was found abandoned on its way to Italy. There are many theories. What do you think happened? Updated December 1, 2021 *********************** On the … Continue reading MYSTERY: In 1872 the Mary Celeste was found adrift at sea. What happened?

TREASURE: Pirate Ned Low, Captain Kidd and the Treasure of Isle Haute, NS

by Art MacKay, October 14th, 2015 THE VISUALSTHE STORY: Many of us believe that a mystery unexplained remains a mystery and this seems to be true for Isle Haute, a particularly isolated and rugged island lying off Minas Basin in the … Continue reading TREASURE: Pirate Ned Low, Captain Kidd and the Treasure of Isle Haute, NS

SHIPWRECKS: A collection of old newspaper articles covering shipwrecks in the Bay of Fundy

Facebook has recently added the ability to group posts into “topics” … basically categories. This adds a whole new dimension to the value of some FB sites. Here’s a booklet I created from Cathryn MacKay’s old Fundy shipwreck posts on … Continue reading SHIPWRECKS: A collection of old newspaper articles covering shipwrecks in the Bay of Fundy

SHIPS & SHIPPING: Maltese Falcon – real luxury under sail.

Imagine this in the Bay of Fundy! Learn more at: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maltese_Falcon_(yacht)   The bare hull was built and launched on speculation in 1989-1990 by Perini Navi at its newly acquired shipyard in Tuzla, İstanbul, but found no takers in the aftermath of the Gulf … Continue reading SHIPS & SHIPPING: Maltese Falcon – real luxury under sail.