This post will include all of my favourite maritime related photos from the last year including general shipping and boating, and should be my last "2015 in review" posting on the blog. Some photos may appear more because they lead into a bad pun or joke than with any particular quality of the image itself.
Case in point would be this image of Gotland Carolina, and the words "Super Ice" on the hull, which may have been a forecast of our winter to come.
Very soon we were into a harsh winter with lots of snow, ice, and cold temperatures as this image of the pilot boats attests. The sea smoke in the background usually appears when the temperatures reach -17 degrees Celsius or below.
|Halifax pilot boats partly covered in ice and snow. A crewmember with a hammer is removing some of the ice.|
Sea smoke often makes for interesting photography, assuming ships are actually coming and going, and that the camera battery doesn't die in the cold.
|Chebucto Pilot passing George's Island.|
I have also discovered a new vantage point near the waterfront that provides slightly elevated views, from the top of a nearby parking structure. It's great, as long as you don't mind the 8 flights of stairs. It was from there that I took the following image.
It was so cold, in fact, that even some of the ships were blowing their noses:
As the sun starts to rise earlier in the morning during the later winter and spring, I can be guaranteed some nice dawn skies on my morning commute at some point during the season.
As always, the ferry can provide some interesting views of harbour shipping when the timing is just right. It was good to get some photos of the ACL ships, some of which have already gone to scrap, as their new fleet comes on line. We have yet to see any of the latter yet, but the former were still going fairly strong this year, like Atlantic Companion below.
|Tugs Atlantic Willow and Atlantic Larch.|
|Tidewater's Jones Tide.|
Photographing from the south end of the waterfront, you can also capture ships with only the horizon behind them, somewhat disguising the fact that most of my photos are taken from the shore.
|Herring boat reflections.|
|Veendam approaching the cruise ship terminal.|
The small cruise ship Pearl Mist was actually built in Halifax a number of years ago, although it was a fairly troubled birth. She made several visits to Halifax this year, as well as other ports like Lunenburg.
|RMS Queen Mary II.|
|QM2 is lit up as she approaches Chebucto Head.|
|Bluenose II (Mk.2).|
|Bluenose II leading L'Hermione into Lunenburg.|
|L'Hermione firing her cannon.|
Framing ships can be difficult, but sometimes you can actually use the hulls of other ships for this purpose, as in this image of Nolhanava framed by Queen Mary 2.
|Theodore Too and Saga Sapphire.|
|CCG Ships Captain Goddard M.S.M. and M. Charles M.B.|
|CCGS M. Charles M.B.|
|CCGS Cape Roger.|
|CCGS Sir William Alexander.|
|CCGS Spray and Macao Strait.|
I had the opportunity to capture progress on two separate wooden boat building enterprises this year, one in Lunenburg and one in Halifax.
In Lunenburg, the Blue Dream project is building a new schooner from scratch in the former Smith & Rhuland shed, the same structure in which both Bluenose and Bluenose II (Mk.1) were built (Bluenose II (Mk.2) was built in a temporary structure nearby).
In Halifax, at the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic, the schooner Hebridee II is undergoing a more-or-less complete rebuild.
On that note, of a rebirth of sorts, it seems appropriate to end this recap of my 2015 nautical images and wish everyone a happy and productive 2016!