The British Seagull That Wouldn’t Die.

August 20th, 2017 2 comments
The Sailboat "Po!" and it's Seagull Engine..

The Sailboat “Po!” and it’s Seagull Engine.

My dear wife Michelle owns the smallest sailboat in Cowichan Bay. I don’t know if this is absolutely true, but at nine and a half feet, her little Davidson fiberglass dingy must be amongst the contenders. She’s named it “Po!”. A short name for a little boat. Every few days or so, you may see her out on the water, a little blip in the distance tacking back and forth. The winds must be *just* so and seas not too rough. It is for her a fun little boat and not to be taken too seriously.

Until this year.

One Old Fart and a Fat Guy.

July 12th, 2015 1 comment

It’s raining nicely for the first time all summer, my favorite weather. There was a car show this morning in Ladysmith which Pete and I attended. Here is our report:

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One Old Fart and a Fat Guy

Those of you who have been following the adventures of “Two Old Farts and a Fat Guy” might be a bit surprised to see from the headline on this story, that it’s now “One Old Fart and a Fat Guy”. It is with some consternation that I’m compelled to announce the disappearance of one of the Old Farts. Before you begin offering condolences and asking where to send flowers, be advised that Brian isn’t peering at us from the other side of the veil just yet. He is more or less lost to us however in that now in his golden years, he has found a lady friend with whom he prefers to spend most of his time. Read more…

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Have I got a deal for you

May 22nd, 2014 No comments
Cowichan Bay Seafoods

Cowichan Bay Seafoods


Goodness me the prices have sky rocketed in the last few weeks haven’t they? Superstore in Duncan is asking 19.98 a pound for live dungeness crab right now. In Vancouver, recent price spikes have seen figures well over the 22 dollar mark. Some speculate that it will go past 25.

It’s not that dungeness crab is scarce, fishers are reporting good results again this season.

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SS Beaver Upright 120 Feet Down

May 15th, 2014 No comments
SSBeaver on the Bottom

SS Beaver on the Bottom

The SS Beaver (1966) a replica of the first steamship on Canada’s western coast rolled over and sank while moored in Cowichan Bay May 7th 2014 at around 8:30pm. Initially estimated to be in 60 to 80 feet of water some speculated that it was laying on it’s side on the bottom.

Today we can reveal that not only is the ship sitting upright, but also that it is in much deeper water than first anticipated.

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Elmera Tedora 100 Years Old Today

May 9th, 2014 1 comment
Launching Day 1914

Launching Day 1914

Tedora (Elmera) is back in the water… She came off the cradle at the Maritime Centre with nary a hitch a few days ago. Not bad for a 100 year old girl.

Originally named “Elmera”

Built in 1914 at Esquimalt B.C. by Donald Robertson. It is a Carvel Construction cedar on oak.
Renamed: “Tedora”
The original engine was a Palmer 24 HP which is now at the B.C. Forest Discovery Centre, Duncan.
Tonnage: 14.72 Length:10.7 meters
Depth: 1.3 meters Breath: 3.2 meters

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Beaver on the Bottom

May 7th, 2014 3 comments
SS Beaver April 29th 2014

SS Beaver April 29th 2014

The replica of the SS Beaver which has been tied up in Cowichan bay since last June,  rolled over and sank Wednesday (May 7th 2014) evening at around 8:30pm. It is currently estimated to be in 60 to 80 feet of water. Nothing much visible above the water, it is speculated that it’s laying on it’s side on the bottom.

Some wreckage evident on the surface, however observers from the motor-vessel Kalisa reported no fuel or oil slicks thus far. Obviously it is a bit early to begin assessing environmental damage at this point. Light was fading on the scene shortly after the ship took her plunge. Previous reports seemed to indicate that there was no fuel and very little lubricant aboard the vessel.

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And so to Bacon.

February 5th, 2014 1 comment
It's MINUS 5!

It’s MINUS 5!

It’s cold out. Not a cloud to be seen, the sun is shining with that miserly winter’s light and it’s cold out. Not cold by anyone’s standards but our own mind you, but it IS below zero on the Celsius scale.

Water taps are freezing up all over the place on the docks. Not a single otter is to be seen sunning him or herself today.

Even Timmy de Vries, (our Siamese feline companion) who normally loves to sit on the couch with the window open, shrank back from the chill today, and is now on a chair in front of the gas fireplace.

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