All posts tagged: Ships

The day the Spanish came to town

As I mention in my post about the Viking ship, we’ve had a lot of visitors to our port over the years. The Spanish came with this magnificent replica galleon—the Andalucía— a few years back, and allowed visitors aboard. Sad to say, the numbers were limited to go onboard to visit the actual ship, and they were only here for a few days before heading to Montreal and then, Boston and further south. I never managed to get onto the ship itself. The queues were huge, they say at least 10k to 15k queued over the 2 day period. And why not, what a chance of a lifetime. Anyway, I did get up close in personal from the quayside and was just as happy to have seen this magnificent ship.

Let’s Sail Away

Being on the river, and a major river at that, means lots of cruise ships and shipping come our way. But also, on special occasions, we get the odd historical sailing visitor stop in port like the Queen Mary and the QEII. We’ve also had a full-on Spanish Galleon, a Viking long boat, and even the Tall Ships regatta visit us on a regular basis. Today I bring you the Viking longboat that visited us BC (before Covid), in 2018, I think. What was striking at the time was just how small it actually is, especially compared to the tug boat tied up next to it. And yes, this one did sail across the Atlantic. It recreated the route they think original Vikings might have taken to make landfall in Canada before Columbus et al. Have a great weekend everyone!