Epilogue: Pilot Change For Lay-Up

Epilogue: Pilot Change For Lay-Up When I first began this blog, one of my early entries was about taking on a pilot to help us navigate from our shipyard in Nantong, and down the Yangtze River in China.  After crossing from the Eastern Hemisphere into the Western, it feels right to now showcase the CWB Marquis taking on a pilot to help us navigate up the St. Lawrence River to our lay-up berth in Montreal, Canada.

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Sea Smoke On The St. Lawrence

Sea Smoke On The St. Lawrence

>>> Sea-smoke is formed when very cold air moves over warmer water, condensing the warm air imediately above the water’s surface. <<<

With a full load of iron ore in her holds, the CWB Marquis is now steaming steadily up the mighty St. Lawrence River.  Our destination is Montreal, where the vessel will be “laid up” for the winter.  She’ll be “fit out” once more in the spring, to begin the 2015 shipping season on the Great Lakes St. Lawrence Seaway.

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Ready To Load In Port Cartier

Ready To Load In Port Cartier

>>> At berth in Port Cartier, Quebec. <<<

On New Year’s Day, January 1st 2015, the CWB Marquis was proud to be the first vessel to make berth in Port Cartier.  As promised, we had delivered the Marquis to Canada, and had “hit the ground running.”  We moored our vessel, and prepared her to load her first cargo ever – more than 29 thousand tons of Labrador iron ore.  

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Crossing The Cabot Strait

Crossing The Cabot Strait From the warm balm and sandy beaches of Florida to the harsh cold and rugged seaface of our country, the CWB Marquis sighted Canadian soil from the Gulf of Saint Lawrence, the largest estuary on earth!  A semi-enclosed sea, covering about 236 000 square kilometers, it is the outlet from the Great Lakes and Saint Lawrence River into the Atlantic Ocean. 

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Canadian Waters

Canadian Waters

On the morning of December 28th, the crew of the CWB Marquis awoke to an announcement on our PA-system: 

“Attention, this the Captain.  At 0720 hours the CWB Marquis crossed the La Hague Line and has now entered Canadian waters.  Congratulations to you all!  …  Attention, this the Captain.  At 0720 hours the CWB Marquis crossed the La Hague Line and has now entered Canadian waters.  Congratulations to you all!”

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Cayman Islands & Cape Canaveral

Cayman Islands & Cape Canaveral

>>> Navigating the Caribbean Sea. <<<

Upon departure from Cristóbal, the CWB Marquis was treated to the sights and sounds of the Caribbean Sea.  Having plotted a course north towards Cuba and into the Gulf of Mexico, our aim was to reach the Gulf Stream and ply it through the Straits of Florida and up the Eastern Seaboard.

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