Rule of the Road at Sea Aids to Memory in Four Verses by Thomas Gray

I.  Two Ships Meeting
When both Lights you see ahead,
Port your Helm and show your Red.

II. Two Ships Passing
Green to Green- or Red to Red
Perfect Safety – go ahead.

III. Two Ships Crossing
If to your Starboard Red appears,
It is you duty to keep clear;
To act as judgement says is proper
To Port – or Starboard – Back – or stop her.

But when upon your Port is seen
A Steamer’s Starboard Light of Green,
There’s not so much for you to do,
For Green to Port keeps clear of you.

IV. All Ships must keep a look-out and Steamships must Stop and go Astern if necessary.
Both in safety and in doubt
Always keep a good look-out;
In danger with no room to turn,
Ease her – Stop her- go Astern.

from Manual of Seamanship Vol. 1,
Printed under the authority of His Majesty’s Stationary Office, Eastcheap, 1908.

On the Sea

sail3BEST CREW EVER AWARD to Sandy: Adventurousness A++, Patience A++, Initiative A++, Bravery A++, Sail Handling A++, Alertness A++, Food Appreciation A++,  Blues Appreciation A++, Sanitation System Emergency Maintenance Assistance AA+++; Area Needing Improvement: Must Come to BC More Often.


Homefrys Channel

sail2Exploring Tenedos Bay

sail4Pendrell Sound – Warmest Water North of the Baja

sail5Swimming in Galley Bay


Night at the Museum

van6 The Orpheum Theatre opened in 1927 as a vaudeville house, at the time the biggest theatre in Canada, with three thousand seats. Following the end of vaudeville’s heyday in the 1930s, the Orpheum became primarily a movie house.  In 1973, to squeeze more cash from the operation,  owner Famous Players decided to gut the inside of the Orpheum and change it into a multiplex. A “Save the Orpheum” public protest and fundraising campaign was launched, which even Jack Benny flew in to help with, and the Orpheum was saved.   As usual, to create anything that suboptimizes profit,  joe and jane taxpayer were on the hook, with the City of Vancouver buying the theatre for $7.1 million ($3.1 million from the city, and $1.5 million from each of the provincial and federal governments.) After a renovation and restoration it re-opened in 1977 and has since been the permanent home of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra.  The theatre was designated a National Historic Site of Canada in 1979.

The Orpheum’s neon sign was donated by Jim Pattison in the 1970s.  I’d  like to believe the outrageously priced unnecessary maintenance he has done on my Toyota has made a contribution so I can feel a small sense of ownership


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How many Clarks does it take to cross the street?

van16The Theodor Seuss Geisel Exhibit

In the City


van1The Marine Building, when completed in 1930, was the tallest building in what was left of the British Empire. According to the architects, the building was intended to evoke “some great crag rising from the sea, clinging with sea flora and fauna, tinted in sea-green, touched with gold.” Built at a cost of 2.3 million at the start of the depression, the Guinness beer baron family of Ireland acquired it for $900k (ain’t capitalism wonderful?).

The building oozes Art Deco details. Inside the massive brass-doored elevators the walls are inlaid with 12 varieties of local hardwoods. All over the walls and polished brass doors are depictions of sea snails, skate, crabs, turtles, carp, scallops, seaweed and sea horses, as well as the transportation means of the era. The floor presents the zodiac signs. The exterior is studded with flora and fauna, tinted in sea-green and touched with gold.

At one time there was a lively and excellent Dim Sum restaurant in the Marine Building where many a delicious dumpling was scoffed.