SHIPPING NEWS: Maritime treasure hunt

Lots of opportunities to find that perfect bit for your boat

Anyone looking to make some marine-oriented purchases and who wasn’t able to find what they were looking for at last week’s annual consignment sale in Deep Bay needn’t despair.

It takes a bit longer to get there, but there’s still an opportunity to find that maritime treasure at the 10th Annual Massive Marine Garage Sale this Saturday at Ogden Point.

The event, slated to run from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. will feature more than 60 vendors who will have a whole range of maritime and outdoor items for sale.

“Sailboats on trailers, dinghies, kayaks, engines — anything to do with boating,” said volunteer and sale coordinator, Ann Jones. “We even have cutlery and china.”

Admission is $5.



• This is the time of year to start planning your boating schedule for the summer.

To that end, all yacht club members from Vancouver Island are being invited to attend an Interclub Corn Roast on Thetis Island, sponsored by the Nanaimo Yacht Club.

The event is slated to run from Aug. 30 to Sept. 2 and has room for 60 boats.

For more information call Linda Manarin at 1-800-246-6011 or e-mail her at

•  The action on the water continues in Schooner Cove this weekend, with the kickoff of their annual Bay Race on April 21.

The following weekend will see the club hold their Spring Single Handed Race.



• April 18 was just another day at war in 1941, but a tally of the ships lost at sea give an indication of just how tough those days really were.

The British Science was sunk in the Kithera Channel by Luftwaffe aircraft on that day, but all the crew were rescued by HMS Hero. The Greek ship CHios was bombed and sunk off the coast of Eretria by Luftwaffe aircraft.

The Royal Navy ship HMS Fiona, an armed merchant cruiser, was bombed and sunk by Junkers JU 87 aircraft, with the loss of 53 crew.

The Greek cargo ship Fokion was bombed by Luftwaffe aircraft. The Italian cargo ship Franco Martelli was torpedoed and sunk in the Mediterranean by the Royal Navy’s HMS Urge.

The Greek cargo ship Moscha L Goulandris was bombed and damaged by Luftwaffe aircraft and was later beached as a total loss.

The Vorpostenboot of the Kriegsmarine was torpedoed and sunk in the Bay of Biscay.


Finally, HMT Young Ernie. a Royal Navy trawler, collided with another vessel in the Tyne and sank.