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COMING SOON!!! ALL-NEW "SHIP'S LOG/WEEKLY BLOG"
having lost a lot of the past log/blog entries to 'the gremlins
from cyberspace' we will shortly return to weekly postings& updates on "pilgrim's progress" ie "the resurrection of the Historic Chief Skugaid". Please bear with us patiently (?!?)
LOTS OF NEWS&EVENTS TO RELATE IN THE LAST MONTHS
FEEL FREE TO COMMENT/CRITIQUE BLOG ENTRIES AS THEY APPEAR, AND MAIL-IN ARCHIVAL INFORMATION ie PHOTOS&CLIPPINGS esp if directed related to "The Chief"
CHIEF SKUGAID RUM COCKTAIL!
recently, 'barkeep extraordinaire' Justin Taylor
mgr @ "Cascade Room" in downtown VanCity
created 3 new&exotic rum cocktails to celebrate the 'glory days of bootlegging' when Vancouver was 'some fun city' and exporting rum and Canadian whiskey to thirsty Americans
go to the webpage and/or justin taylor's blog to view
OR GO IN&HAVE ONE!!!
Just say...."The Chief sent me"
SHIP'S LOG/WEEKLY BLOG @
EASTER WEEKEND and APRIL FOOL'S DAY 2013
Four days of 'garjus and brill' weather to coincide with an
early Easter holiday weekend and the traditional Irish high holiday of 'Easter Rising Monday' (1916) The Irish Grand National horserace is run @ Fairyhouse Racecourse in Dublin each year, Easter Monday.
SIR SAMUEL PLIMSOL
He was known as 'the sailor's advocate', introducing a bill in the British Parliament that required a 'plimsol line' painted at the waterline of all commercial vessels, to indicate if/when the vessel was approaching an 'overload' condition. This mandated 'load-line' is credited with saving the lives of thousands of seaman since it was adopted by the merchant fleets of most nations just prior to the turn of the 20th Century.
Some tall tales are true.
From the New Westminster Archives:
> An 1800 lb Sturgeon, Fraser River at New Westminster
April, 1925: Photograph shows a group of men beside a 15-foot, 1800-pound sturgeon hanging from a hook on the cannery wharf. A M. Monk & Co. truck can be seen in the background. The men in the photograph, from left to right, are Bill Adams, Bill Bordie, Bob Craig (seated in truck), Ted Kellack, Glen Edwards, Hugh Logan, Charlie Christianson, Alf Monk, and Captain Bill Philpot (crouched). This sturgeon was displayed by Dave McWater in his store on West Hastings, next to Pantages, in Vancouver until the smell of decaying fish forced him to move it. It was stored in the Nanaimo CPR depot for some time before finally being sent back to New Westminster a year after it was caught. An inebriated chicken farmer from Strawberry Hill in Surrey, nicknamed "Old Swann," decided to transport the rotting carcass back to his farm for his chickens to feed on the maggots. He tied up his cart in front of the Savoy Hotel on Columbia Street, where the odour forced Police Chief Peter Bruce to make Old Swann move his cart.
> A 905 lb Sturgeon, Fraser River at New Westminster
A white sturgeon caught in the Fraser River, displayed on the wharf at New Westminster, BC. 13 feet 6 inches, 905 lbs.