Saturday, 31 March 2018

CCGS Pierre Radisson in the Welland Canal - March 30, 2018

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Above:  Not a lot of room for this ship, either
Below:  Pollution containment & cleanup equipment
carried on board all CCG capital ships.
Who was Pierre Esprit Radisson?
For more information, Click Here.
 Above:  Wheelhouse top, aka "Monkey Island"
Below:  Newish helicopter for CCG.
Fleetwide supply of Bell 429s which replaced the fleet of
Messerschmitt-Bolkow-Blohm BO 105s.
 More info on these helicopters, Click Here.
Clear of Lock 3 and upbound toward Lake Superior to assist with
icebreaking and escorts of commercial ships.
 Gross Tonnage:  5775
Deadweight:  2865
Length:  98.3m
Beam:  19.5m
Built:  1978
Main Engines:  6 x Alco M251F
Power:  10142 kw
Props:  2 x fixed pitch
Bow thruster:  Yes
Emergency Generator:  1 x Caterpillar 398
Generators:  3 x MTU 400
Diesel Electric AC/DC
Above: Helicopter on the pad with hanger retracted.
Also, Red & White structure for the duty Quartermasters
when the ship is tied up and
the QMs are standing security watches.  (QM = Wheelsman)
Below:  On the way to the flight locks.
Below:  Map of Radisson's wanderings about Lake Superior.
Notice also the red track of Alexander Mackenzie to the west coast.
He made it to the Pacific 12 years before that Lewis & Clark crowd.
Sir Alexander Mackenzie was the first European to traverse
the North American continent north of Mexico.

Thursday, 15 March 2018

March 7 to 14, 2018. Iceland, England & return.

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Generational Change.

My uncle, Patrick R. Beesley, was the last surviving member of my parents' direct families.  When he died I decided to travel to England to attend his funeral in England and to meet with several cousins and other family members.

It is important to have an agreeable travel companion, and this particular one (below) is a fairly consistent, yet quiet,  guest in my luggage.  

Below: Met me at the Air BnB in which I stayed.
Below:  32 Saddlebow Road, King's Lynn.  The house in which I was born.
This house belonged to my maternal grandparents.  View of the back yard.
 Below:  Curried salmon.  A lovely repast. 
"Typical" English food has changed dramatically.
 Below:  The public library in King's Lynn.
Many years ago King's Lynn was a major port and was a member of the Hanseatic League, an organization founded by north German towns and German merchant communities abroad to protect mutual trading areas.  The league dominated  commercial activity in northern Europe from the 13th to the 15th century.
Above:  Notice that the small buoy-tender, Saint Edmunds, is sitting on the bottom of the river.  Spring Tides in King's Lynn reach 6 metres.  To see better photos of this ship, Click Here.  
IMO:  8947797
Call Sign:  MMUD4
Flag:  GB
Gross Tonnage:  72
Length & Beam:  20.3m x 8m
Built:  1990
More about the port of King's Lynn, Click Here.

Above and Below.  Sunroom &  Kitchen of BnB where I stayed in King's Lynn.
And, breakfast companion.

 Floral tributes and the Wake location.
My uncle had been a member of the British Army.
As such he served in Palestine, Korea and other unfriendly theatres.
Almost 100,000 British troops fought in the Korean War.
More Here.
Above:  Family & friends.
All Saints' Church.
Where my parents were married & where I was baptized.

 Local entrepreneurs.

 Captain George Vancouver, native of King's Lynn.
Despite living only 41 years he served with Captain Cook on both his 2nd & 3rd voyages and completed one of the most difficult surveys ever undertaken, that of the Pacific coast of North America from San Francisco to British Columbia.
More on George, Click Here.

 St Nicolas' Chapel, inside views.  
 Much more about St Nicholas' Chapel, Click Here.

 More history, this time from St Nicholas' Chapel.

 King's Lynn history.

 Castle Rising views.

Built in 1138.  Click Here for more about Castle Rising. 

Above:  Cousins.
Above:  In 1953 there was a major flood on the east coast of England.  
This is where we lived at the time of the flood,
and how high the water was in our house at Portland Place.
The water was up to the bottom of the windows, and started seeping under the front door, before my parents realized what was happening. We took shelter upstairs for two or three days before the waters receded enough for the army to come along and rescue people all along the street.  I recall two things;  watching the wooden dining room table, with a bottle of milk on top, float around at the bottom of the stairs; and a dead pig that floated into a broken window across the street.

More about this flood, including a number of photos, Click Here.

At the top of Portland Place is a mailbox.  At some point during the rising waters a lady held on to this mailbox and, according to the story, in doing so she saved herself long enough for others to rescue her.  This mailbox is still marked "GR"; it has not been replaced with an "ER" box.

 King's Cross rail station.  Train travel in England is a wonderful  way to move about.

Above:  Puffin at Keflavik airport; just hangin' around.
Below:  Good eats in Iceland.

Above:  Perlan Glacier & Ice Cave exhibit.  Complete with a man-made ice cave.
Below:  Statues outside Perlan Ice Museum.
There are four large tanks on which the museum is built.  These tanks serve as hot water reservoirs for the city; the water comes from thermal sources.

More on the Perlan Ice Museum Click Here.

 Some of the wall art in Reykjavik.

 Hmmmm.  The Grim Reaper, but somehow different.

Above:  Time on my hands.
Above & Below:  Places to Eat in Reykjavik.

 Above:  Targeted advertisement at a pharmacy.
Below:  Around the world there are many words used to describe Washrooms, Restrooms, Bathrooms, WCs etc.  I think we should all adopt the Icelandic word; "SNYRTING".

Our preferred method of travel was on WOW Airline, an Icelandic discount carrier.
That's a nice way of saying it's cheap.  But, you do get to visit Iceland!
Below:  From their in-flight magazine, two ads.
Interesting country.

Below:  More on the Icelandic Phallological Museum.  Don't worry, there are no human exhibits and it is all quite scientific.  Click Here.

Above:  More on Metal Festival Eistnaflug, click here.