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Old 29th November 2011, 20:20
Jocko Jocko is offline  
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I read an article today on The St Lawrence Seaway and was surprised to find out that it was only opened on 25th April 1959.
On September 1961 the first CPR ship to go up the lakes was MV Beaverfir. I did two trips on her in 1962 and I didn`t realise that we were practically pioneers. No wonder people were waving to us at the bridges.
Speaking of bridges was there any of those bridges where you needed your topmast folded down. I seem to recall being up the mast with one leg wrapped around a stanchion splitting some frozen nuts with a hammer and chisel so as to lower the mast. This was when we were still in the Atlantic, one minute you were over water, then the deck then water again. What amazes me is the fact that I enjoyed it. I can assure of one thing, I couldn`t do it now.
Another thing I didn`t know was that the Beaverfir was the smallest of the Beaverboats and she was only 2900 tons. No wonder those North Atlantic winter rollers looked so bloody big!!!!!!!!!!
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