MP against a tanker ban

It may be deep winter, but that didn’t stop members of the Schooner Cove Yacht Club from duking it out on the waves.               Submitted Photo by Tim Rann -
It may be deep winter, but that didn’t stop members of the Schooner Cove Yacht Club from duking it out on the waves. Submitted Photo by Tim Rann
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James Lunney doesn’t support a ban on tanker traffic off the B.C. west coast and the Nanaimo-Alberni MP says he had a good reason for voting against such a ban.

“That was not a realistic motion,” he said. “It failed to recognize we already have tanker traffic coming out of Vancouver — millions of tons of product, for years.”

As well, he noted more than 1,000 tankers set sail to and from Kitimat every year.

“There is an exclusion zone for tankers coming from Alaska,” Lunney said. “They have to stay 25 to 80 kilometres offshore.”

The real issue, he said, involves access to the Asian markets for Canadian resources.

“There’s a big demand for Canadian products and resources in Asia,” he said. “Currently, the only outlet for resources from Alberta beyond Canada is the United States.”

• Sunday, Jan. 23 saw the intrepid Schooner Cove Yacht Club racers back on the water, duking it out in the second race of 2011.

Peter Milne reports that after a hair-raising start, where Island Fling found itself sandwiched uncomfortably between Amazing Grace and Rambunctious, skippers settled their boats down over a fast course in 10 knots of ESE wind.

On corrected time, Richard Hudson and his crew on Island Fling took first place followed by Tim Rann on Amazing Grace. Third place was secured by Bill Walters on Rambunctious.

One race wasn’t enough for Tim Rann. For an hour after the race, Captain Bligh put his crew through several drills, polishing and practising their skills for the Van Isle 360 in early June.

Wreck of the week

The only people who know what happened to the City of Boston on January 28, 1870 took that knowledge with them to their watery graves.

The 1,650-ton, 305-foot steam and sail ocean liner stopped at Halifax harbour to take on coal, mail and passengers while on her regular run between New York and Liverpool and then set sail — never to be seen again.

Although friends and relatives of the 207 passengers and crew held onto the hope that the ship had run into engine problems, as the weeks passed with no word, they began to lose hope.

Sure enough, almost all hope was lost when there was still no sign of her in June.

However, it was said that the wife of Captain Halcrow considered her husband as being merely overdue for 20 years and she used to leave a light burning every night, in case he came home.

Some say she hit an iceberg and went down like the Titanic did, some 40 years later. Others say she likely foundered in a storm.

Still others whispered of a so-called “dynamite fiend,” who planted a bomb on board in order to collect insurance.

However, no sign of the ship — or why she disappeared — was ever found.

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