From Rum running to Gun running – the Customs Cutter Margaret

Question: What does smuggling booze into a dry Canada have in common with a revolution in Brazil? Answer: The Margaret. The Canadian Customs Preventive Service was established in 1892 but it was not until 1914 that it received its first vessel built specifically for customs patrol purposes.  That vessel. the Margaret, was built by the English firm, Thornycroft at […]

Surveyors in the Gulph – Margaretha Stevenson Comes to Charlottetown

Not Launched from Prince Edward’s Isle The photo is a dramatic one. Against the background of the early 1860s Great George Street and the Charlottetown waterfront a ship, completely rigged, stands ready to be launched. But the picture is not what it seems… The trim little vessel was not built in a Charlottetown ship yard, nor […]

The many survey ships called the Gulnare

In my work on charting and surveying of the waters of eastern Canada I often encountered the survey vessel Gulnare  and on further work I found there had been a multiplicity of vessels with the same name and the same role. In 2015 I posted an article on the Gulnare(s) and thought I was done […]