A&R Engineering: Metal works, design, welding and powder coating
N&G Engineering: Main Engines and Generators
Décor Modern Metals: Metal works, design, welding and pipe work
Hull Technologies: Welding and Modifications
Premier Marine (Halifax): Canadian Agent
Blue Water Shipping: Greenland Agent
Alaska Yacht Services: Alaska Agent
Steve Hubbart: Captain M/Y Indigo
Pemba Marine: Paint and Varnish
Saltwater Boat Works: Carpentry and design
Dennis Boat Works: Carpentry and design
Island Marine Electronics: Nav equipment and overall electrical work
Cote Marine: Electrical work
GBR Marine: Atlas Tech
ABT TRAC: Justine Rhodes
ION: VSAT internet service provider
Paradise Marine: Electronics
Maritime Summit Shop: Sarah (cold weather gear)
Seven Seas Yachts: Scout dealer
Andrew Lebuhn: Broker (Camper and Nicholson)
Kardinal Marine: Management
Murray and Associates: Naval Architects
Pete’s frootique: Halifax
Newson Provisioning: Beth and Brian Fresh fruit and veg
Streamline Computing: All I.T. and A.V. work done on Fortrus
The whole team
Amanzi Marine: Yacht provisioning, fueling and overall planning
Blog design and hosting.
As the Captain of Fortrus, I recommend all the above people or vendors.
Thanks for helping to make this trip a success,
Captain Scott Newson
After we left Pond Inlet we went on a search for the infamous Narwhal. The crew has put a lot of research into finding them. All sources pointed us to a place called Bruce’s Head in Koluktoo Bay. We anchored there for the night in the hopes of seeing the unicorn of the sea. After no sightings, we decided to head out on the morning of the 27th.
We had to do a little more exploring and decided to head up into Croker Bay to see some Glaciers. As we approached the first glacier werealized that there was a lot of ice floating around in the fjord.As Fortrus crept towards the Ice wall, Paul spotted a polar bear swimming in the water. We quickly turned the boat around and followed her as she swam towards an Iceberg. The cameras were flying on the bow as she climbed up the Iceberg and disappeared down the other side.
Steve spotted her again as she swam towards the glacier. Charlie brought the little boat around and we began to hunt her down for some closer photos. The ice was thick and the scout was banging through some very big bergs. The current was ripping and the ice tried to grab us a few times. Ice flows are definitely not something to play with.
The tender caught up to the bear and we took some great photos of her with some magnificent backdrops. In the moment and not reallythinking, we noticed that we were under at least ten stories of ice that could fall on us at any moment. Very dangerous and extremely scary but the end result was, getting some Ridiculous photos and video.We have no idea what’s next.
We’ve now cleared the Straights of Belle Isle. Looks like we just made it through in time. Twenty four hours from now brings 35 knot winds and short 12 ft seas.
We’re heading into some serious fog as we start our three day trek across the Labrador Sea. The winds are 25 knots and the seas are starting to freshen up. The big wind and bumps should stay behind us. We’ve got a little current running so we’ll only be able to average 8 knots till we reach the warm northern current that runs north along the west coast of Greenland. We’re hoping for a blistering 10 knots close to the shore.
The outside air temperature is down to 52 degrees and the water temp has dropped into the low sixties.
The whales and dophins have been all around us. Absolutely amazing…
We are not expecting to see another boat for the next three days. The coast of Greenland will be a welcome sight.
Halifax is a great town. It has a ton of great pubs, nice restaurants and it’s full of helpful friendly people. The buildings are old, beautiful and the streets are super clean. The Fortrus crew had a great time.
Brian from Premier Marine helped us organize everything that needed to be accomplished in such short time. We discarded, shopped, loaded, and bunkered. Fortrus is now fully loaded and sitting very deep in the water. Sarah from the Maritime Summit Shop helped us with our cold weather gear. The staff was extremely helpful and had everything organized and ready for us to pick up as soon as we hit tall ship quay.
We left Halifax on the morning of August 9th. It is now day two of the crossing and with the long range weather looking good, we’ve decided to do a straight shot to Nuuk Greenland. It’s a 1300NM run that will take us around Newfoundland, through the straights of Belle Isle and up Iceberg alley.
We had another great dolphin send off and we’ve seen a few whales that also seemed to wish us a safe trip.
From this point on, everything becomes unfamiliar and extremely exciting. We’re all looking forward to see the first sign of Ice.
The seas have been flat calm and we had the opportunity to see more whales on the way to Halifax. This time we got to see some Humpbacks. They didn’t come too close but it’s always a welcome and exciting sight.
As usual, the fog came in thick coming around Nova Scotia. The bow completely disappeared as the fog took on the consistency of Pea Soup. The burgee pole that stands just 25ft from the bridge window was no longer visible. Fortrus had her Fog Horn sounding as we weaved through small fishing boats just a few hundred meters around us. We never even saw a light.
On the morning of August 6th, we’re hoping that the fog lifts before we start our entrance into Halifax.
We now have 370NM between Fortrus and Halifax Canada. That’s where we will spend some time provisioning and getting ready for the north. We will acquire a new freezer that will fit up on the sundeck. This will help Michael with the massive job of provisioning Fortrus for the ride across the Arctic. It will have a secondary purpose of becoming a cold garbage locker once the provisioning has been depleted. We will be removing our dirty oil and taking on clean lube. Fortrus will also be fully toped up with northern diesel to handle the trip. We will definitely have a few very busy days in Halifax, nothing that a few poutines and some Timmy’s will get us through.
With our arrival in Annapolis on the 9th, the first step of our voyage is complete. Fortrus has now accomplished 5% of her trip around the continent. We departed from 26 degrees north, are now at 38 degrees and the hope is to make it all the way to 75 degrees north of the equator.
|Captain Scott Newson|
Our first leg is familiar, only 850NM up the east coast from Fort Lauderdale to Annapolis Maryland. The seas have been beautiful and we were lucky enough to have a massive dolphin send off.