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The largest Ketch sailboat in the world docked in St. John’s Harbour

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The Aquijo, the largest Ketch sailboat in the world, is docked in St. John’s. NTV’s Earl Noble was able to grab some pictures of the ship in the harbour, and had some interesting stats to go with it!

Have a look at the @NTVNewsNL St. John's Sky Cam, located in The Battery and overlooking the Harbour. #nltraffic @OfficialOZFM https://t.co/njF6WLPEFf pic.twitter.com/evibMFoxr4 — Earl Noble (@Noble41) July 13, 2023

According to Wikipedia , a Ketch is a two-masted sailboat whose mainmast is taller than the mizzen mast (or aft-mast) and whose mizzen mast is stepped forward of the rudder post.

Here is a better look at the Aquijo.

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She may be the oldest vessel in the Royal Canadian Navy, but the HMCS Oriole, scheduled to pay a visit to St. John’s Harbour this week, is still a real show-stopper.

The sailing vessel is a century old, and to celebrate the occasion, she’s visiting ports throughout Atlantic Canada.

The 31-metre vessel is scheduled to visit St. John’s from Friday, July 16, through to Sunday, July 18.

. @CityofStJohns @HMCS_NCSM_CABOT We are making progress and can't wait to sail through the Narrows! #ORIOLE100 @RoyalCanNavy @RCN_MARLANT @crowsnestnl1 @VOCMNEWS @GovNL @CBCNL @975krock @hot991fm @sjmorningshow @OnTheGoCBC @VOWR800 pic.twitter.com/rWcOxZx8V0 — HMCS/NCSM ORIOLE (@HMCS_NCSMORIOLE) July 15, 2021

Senior communications advisor with the Royal Canadian Navy, Gordon Laco, has sailed on the Oriole and says the training ship is special. As a newly-minted officer in 2008, he was put aboard the vessel to compete in the Swiftsure Yacht Race, an experience he won’t soon forget.

“Coming on watch before dawn one morning, the wind had come up and Oriole was, as we say, galloping hard heading out for the Pacific Ocean down Juan de Fuca Strait. I stood beside the man at the wheel before I took over from him to get the feel of things,” says Laco, and “he shouted to me, ‘She’s really feeling that wind!'”

Laco says when he put his hands on the wheel, he could feel the power in her weight and was rendered speechless.

He says sailing ships are often used to help train young sailors.

It teaches teamwork and team spirit says Laco. Sailing ships “pretend to teach how to sail, but what they really teach is self-confidence and courage—qualities that most people have within them, but ordinary life rarely calls upon.”

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The little-known history of one of Saint John's oldest professions

The colourful history of marine pilotage in saint john dates back centuries to the days of samuel de champlain.

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The Port of Saint John is the midst of a transformation. Demolition at  Fundy Quay . The  new breakwater  and dock at Long Wharf. The $205 million port modernization, including  two supersized new cranes.

But no matter how much changes on the waterfront, one job stays constant: the Saint John harbour pilots.

A grey-bearded former marine pilor stands at the pilot dock by the yellow pilot boats in the Saint John harbour wearing dark glasses and a baseball hat.

Every product tanker, container ship, cruise liner and large vessel that arrives in the Port City needs a pilot to bring her in safely.

But even though piloting is one of the world's oldest professions, according to Capt. Donald H. Duffy, a retired Saint John pilot of 29 years who has co-authored several books with E. Neil McKelvey about the port, most Saint Johners still don't understand much about the job.

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The first pilots

According to marine pilot Ryan McLean, the first pilots in Saint John were the Indigenous guides who assisted French explorer Samuel de Champlain when he arrived in June 1604.

"That's where they got their initial local knowledge: from them explaining the river, and the falls, and how things worked in the harbour."

In his journal, Champlain writes about the tricky entry into the river he'd named the St. John and passage through the Reversing Falls.

"This river is dangerous, if one does not observe carefully certain points and rocks on the two sides," he writes. "It is narrow at its entrance, and then becomes broader. A certain point being passed, it becomes narrower again, and forms a kind of fall between two large cliffs, where the water runs so rapidly that a piece of wood thrown in is drawn under and not seen again. But by waiting till high tide you can pass this fall very easily."

A 17th century map by explorer and colonizer Samuel de Champlin shows the area he believed was called "Ouigoudy"

Champlain describes setting out from St. Croix with 12 sailors and two Indigenous men to serve us as guides.

"The native people warned him of the dangers of Reversing Falls," Duffy said.

"Obviously, Champlain was coming in on a flood tide, the current running in, when it's dangerous up there. They were the first pilots. And they were here for 10,000 years before Champlain showed up."

Family ties and buried treasure

The Saint John pilots were officially established in 1785, according to McLean — a time when navigational know-how was passed down through families.

On May 17, 1783, brothers David and Jonathan Leavitt, who came to Portland Point in 1762 with fur trader James Simonds of Simonds, Hazen, and White, piloted the spring fleet of Loyalists into Market Slip. Many generations of another Saint John family — the Spears — worked as pilots in Saint John from the early 18th century until the mid-20th century.

A black and white photo of a painting of a 19th century pilot boat built in present-day Saint John, New Brunswick.

In the days when pilots were required to own their own vessels, "the father would have his older son with him to help with the boat," Duffy said — handing down both the vessels, and local knowledge from generation to generation.

In 1850, Edward and John Murray were among a group of five Saint John harbour pilots persuaded by a visiting English sea captain to set sail for the Turks Islands in search of buried treasure.

Gerald Keith recounts in a 1953 newspaper article the story of the secret expedition — which involved five pilots, several apprentices and two ships, the Olive Branch and Rechab.

Whether because of a faulty tip from the captain, or the terrible thunderstorms that greeted them on Sand Cay, none came back with any gold. 

Guiding lights

Even voyages close to home could present an adventure.

Before 1859, when the world's first steam fog horn was installed on Partridge Island, there were few reliable aids to navigation on the Bay of Fundy, and few lights to help orient the ships in relation to the shore. 

One of the earliest aids was the "Three Lamps" — known today at the Three Sisters — on the southernmost end of Prince William Street, which at first was merely a single oil lamp. By keeping the lamp in sight, mariners would keep the ship on course.

A wintertime scene showing the Three Sisters Lamps in Saint John covered in a light rime of frost.

"It was quite an ingenious mechanism for its time," Duffy said. "They still have those mechanisms here but they're much different, but essentially do the same thing."

Pilots still use reflective devices, called ranges, installed on Fort Howe and on land around Courtney Bay, "lined up with the centre line of the channel, so when you come up the harbour with the ship, you'll be offshore and you'll see them," Duffy said.

"Part of the skill, especially for new pilots, is to get used to putting a ship on ranges."

Risk — and reward

Today, the Three Sisters are the site of a monument to the seven lives lost in the worst piloting disaster in modern Saint John history — the loss of Pilot Boat No. 1.

On Jan. 14, 1957, sea fog in arctic temperatures led to near zero visibility, which resulted in a collision between the pilot boat and the steel bow of the Fort Avalon, splitting the pilot boat in two. There were no survivors. 

A 1957 newspaper front page describing the search underway for the lost Pilot Boat No.  in Saint John

A memorial service is still held every year for pilots who died.

"The objective of the pilots has always been … to ensure that nothing like that ever happens again," Duffy said. 

Wanted: future pilots

In recent years, many of the more experienced pilots have retired — and the port is busier than ever.

"When I started here, we had one container ship a week," said Brent Reardon, a Newfoundlander who's been at sea for 17 years, and a Saint John pilot for just over three. "Now, there's one after another. Sometimes it's just constant, right? The slow week for us now is three container ships."

There's a push on to recruit mariners to join the list of marine pilots, and Reardon said he'd recommend the job to any experienced seaman who like the satisfaction of pulling off a challenging assignment.

A fit man in sunglasses and a ball cap sits on the bridge of a ship talking to a uiniformed crew.

"It can be fun doing these jobs: to come in and spin that ship around and lay it alongside so smooth, and there you go. Or take it out — pull this thing out 180 degrees, and up the harbour.

Reardon was speaking in the pilot house in the parking lot of the Diamond Jubilee Cruise Terminal. 

"There's lots of history in here," he said. "A lot of old photos all around all these walls."

History is intertwined with the present in Saint John, according to Duffy.

"The world has changed and it continues to change," he said.

"But safety is why pilots exist. The safety of the vessel, safety of the people, safety of the general public. That's why there's a strong case to be made that the pilots will be here for a long time."

A yellow pilot boat on mildy choppy seas.

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Nice floating docks. Great dockhands. Courtesy car. Incredible high pressure showers. Very nice bathrooms. We were originally planning to anchor out but our windlass quit so it was late (right at 6pm) and we found and called St Johns Harbor and they stayed late to get us on the T-head. We were very grateful. The staff was fantastic. We will definitely stop here again. Some tide but manageable.

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We had a wonderful one night stay at St. John's. Adam was very helpful when we called to see if they had a slip available. He gave us clear instructions as to where to dock and was there to catch our lines. He checked us in quickly and gave us a tour of the facilities. We borrowed the courtesy car to do a provision run. The bathrooms are the best we've seen so far (great showers) and a laundry room complete with 2 ironing board & irons. The pool area is just lovely with a bbq AB's fire pit. We loved our stay here. Highly recommend it.

I just spent 10 days at St. John's Yacht Harbor while my husband flew home for business obligations. When we were researching available marinas (based on boater's reviews) near the Charleston airport which were safe, clean and convenient, SJYH was an easy choice. It is hands down one of the best marina we have stayed in out of the hundreds we have visited over the years. The marina facilities are top notch. There are wide stable floating docks which are well lit after dark. The restrooms are professionally maintained with five private toilets and five private spacious showers with great water pressure in the ladies room. The laundry has four washers, four dryers, two irons and ironing boards and a long table to fold your clothes. The ship's store is well stocked with ready made sandwiches, snacks, drinks including, wine, beer, slushies, and cold brew on tap. The pool area is lovely and the water is the perfect temperature. There is a pump out boat that comes quickly to your slip. The marina is very dog friendly with E's two gentle goldens greeting you when they are there. And while the marina is not within walking distance of much, the is a loner car available which had only four thousand miles on it and was available often during my stay. The community of boaters were wonderful! Offers to drive me for provisioning or to join them for a cocktail were plentiful. Yet, it is the staff, led by the very capable Dockmaster, E, that are the best part. They are all professional, personable and helpful in every way. They are always walking the docks and available for any task, large or small. They also have a staff member overseeing the marina at night. We had a major storm come through one night and Steve, the night time staff member, came to check on me before it got really fierce (with rain, hail, thunder, lightening, 60+ winds) and offered me his cell phone number with the promise that I would call him, no matter the time, if I needed anything. E was also always readily available by phone and text for instant communication. Thank you E, Daniel, Steve and the rest of the fabulous crew at SJYH! You've set the bar high as a world class marina.

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This place isn't cheap but wow what a facility and staff. (By not cheap, I mean I bought 2 ice cream sandwiches and was surprised when it came to $12!) Somehow the Snag a Slip reservation wasn't conveyed to the dock staff (manager was out for the day). Luckily I phoned when we were 45 minutes out. The staff bent over backwards to get us on a dock (the fuel dock). The bathrooms belong in a yacht club! Laundry superb but $6 a load. There is a pool, grill, and outdoor picnic area. There is also a courtesy car. All top notch. Beware the tide but we thought St John was great.

I mirror the sentiments of the previous poster regarding the professionalism and friendliness of the staff. They were extremely helpful with docking and leaving and I would be remiss to not inform you there is a pretty significant current which will make docking and leaving a bit of a challenge. The facility is maintained well and the courtesy car can get you to area grocery stores for an re-provisioning needed. There isn't anything walking distance from the marina so if you're looking for a quiet place for the night with helpful staff, this is your place but again be advised about the current.

Absolutely top notch marina and staff. We had an extended stay to tend to some maintenance and upgrades and we were actually a little sad to leave when the time came! The docks are in great shape, and were getting redecked during our stay. The heads and showers were clean and well kept. Probably one of the better showers I've had anywhere on the ICW, plenty of hot water and pressure. The laundry room is spacious, with a folding counter and ironing boards. The dockmaster's office/ships store is small, but has a great selection of drinks and snacks. Even has a coffee bar with cold brew on tap! And the staff? You couldn't put together a better crew if you tried. E, Stan, Bailey, Austin, Mitch, Bobby and the rest of the crew made us feel welcome from the moment we arrived and they went well above and beyond to help us. Their generous hospitality was remarkable. I won't stay anywhere else when I'm in the area.

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We stayed 2 nights and did a pump out. The staff were exceptional and the courtesy car was clean, fairly new, and convenient. Great location and beautiful.

We stay overnight 10/24-25. We have no complaints! The marina is very nice, restrooms and laundry are top shelf. The staff is extremely helpful and courteous. We will make St John's Yacht Harbor a stop on our route.

Sad customer service . Tried to book a slip. 3 phone calls, said they would have to call back. Never returned call. Even called again and left message. No return call. Tried to book online. No response . That's what you call service.

The staff is top notch, they have sound advice while docking, and responsive to our needs during our extended stay. The courtesy car is new. The Bath house is immaculate and large cleanest I have ever been in. Laundry has large folding area and iron. The pool area is complete with a grill fire pit and tables beside a creek. The store has been recently updated.The staff always made us feel welcome and were responsive to our needs. Steve has great dining suggestions. This will always be our place to stay when in Charleston. The staff made it like home.

This marina is great! We had spoken to Steve and Stan prior to arrival, as we were concerned about current. We had great help with docking. All of the staff was fantastic. The bathroom and shower facilities are the nicest we have seen. They have a new courtesy car, also best we had ever used. To top it of they have a beautiful pool area.

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We had a wonderful stop at St. John's Marina and highly recommend it. The new owners purchased it in December 2021 and retained the former staff. As stated in other reviews, Harbormaster Steve is very friendly and helpful. He caught our lines under really windy conditions and made sure that we had a nice visit. This marina has the cleanest bathrooms, showers and laundry room that we have ever seen. It is about 5 miles away from Charleston and a loaner car is available. The new owners plan to add an on site restaurant and yacht club.

New rates $2.5' or $15' weekly. No longer gives the Boat US discount. Military rate -10%. Courtesy car is still available so can go for provisions with it. Clean and nice restrooms and showers. Nice swimming pool and laundry facilities. Boaters lounge is very nice and even has a pool table. Came at slack so docking went well but I could see some difficulty if you came at wrong time with the current. Staff friendly and very helpful. Dog friendly marina.

We broke down on way to Beaufort and had to be towed from North Edisto River. No other marinas wanted to take us since we were not under own power. Tow Boat US recommended them and they welcomed us even though after hours. Steve came out to help us in and get set up. They provided a free courtesy car for 3 hours so we could provision. Recommended a great restaurant Wild Olive and entire staff very helpful including the repair parts that came they brought right to our boat. The marina is great now and they are doing additional upgrades. Can't wait to see it in the spring on way back up North. Would plan a couple days to try other restaurants, breweries and distillery an Uber away.

The marina has fuel, pump out, ice, excellent laundry facilities, floating docks, good WiFi, but what sets it apart are the courtesy cars. We often provision here at the nearest Harris Teeter, a large supermarket in the area. There's some current when docking but the dockhands are used to handling the incoming boats and I've never had a problem.

St Johns is a great place to stop. Staff was outstanding in securing us upon arrival and helping us depart with the swift current. Bathrooms as noted by other reviewers were outstanding, WiFi was great, and the use of the courtesy car was a major plus. Would definitely recommend staying here as an alternative to downtown Charleston.

Very nice Marina a little bit outside charleston. We chose it for the affordability and the comfort. Did get some waking there from small boats traveling the Stono River, but nothing unmanageable. The staff, Steve particularly, we're extremely helpful and hospitable. Has a loaner car which is a super plus. Will stay there again. There's also a lovely pool area that you can enjoy as well. Only reason it didn't get five stars was because of the conditions of the docks, they were good floating docks, would some of the screws were coming out and it made it a little more difficult for the pets to walk. The bath house is probably the finest I've seen. Clean, large and well air conditioned.

We are weekly visitors to St Johns for fuel, ice and beer. Great staff and always on spot when we pull up for fuel. We once had a battery issue not far from the marina and couldn't get a hold of friends to help. We called St Johns and they came out and gave us a charge. Locally owned marina and it shows. So glad to have them here on Johns Island-they are great neighbors.

Top notch dockmaster and staff made for a very enjoyable stay at St. John's Yacht Harbor. Arrived on a Saturday and was met by the dockmaster and another line handler. Current runs swift so pay attention to the dockmaster's advice. Our one week stay was easily extended to enable us to continue to visit with our daughter. Courtesy car used during our stay that allowed us to resupply food and to pickup parts at a local marine supply. Had several maintenance issues to address while there. Local knowledge of good service people to assist was appreciated. Pump out boat arrived every Monday to empty our tank. Again, the dockmaster and staff are on the top of their game. Thanks again for a great stay. We will stay at SJYH again.

Great staff and excellent assistance. Very clean and spacious showers. Nice pool and laundry. No restaurant on site. Lyft and Uber were non-existent at diner time and cabs needed to be reserved. The courtesy car is available during the day until 6:00 PM. There is food delivery available via popular apps, but may take some time. An excellent overnight stop if you plan ahead to deal with the remote dinner availability and challenging currents.

Excellent staff and facilities. Courtesy car for 2 hours allows easy access to Charleston, Folly Beach and lots of stores/restaurants. Recycling at marina.

A must stop on the AICW. The facilities here are incredible. Very nice pools, and the best showers I have seen at any marina. The current rips through here so plan accordingly. Great beer selection in the ships store.

Great dock hands. Friendly and very knowledgeable. Super nice facilities with the nicest laundry room you will find. Good place to walk the dog. Swimming pool looks great.

Best part is the dock crew. They are all helpful, friendly and competent. Stan is the dockmaster and he was very accommodating, allowing us to stay on the fuel dock one night to make it easier when having some work done. Steve, Molly, E, and Austin all helped us during our 4 night stay. Deep water. Strong tidal current but E was very good helping us dock. Pump out boat comes to slip. Sturdy docks. Very nice large restrooms and showers. Four washers and four dryers in laundry room. Pool. Courtesy car.

Undeniably the most knowledgeable and helpful dock master I've encountered! The care given and his communication was great. Facilities were nice and well maintained. Will visit again.

This is the cleanest marina we have seen! The staff was very professional and knowledgeable.

Ditto the review below - would give 6 stars if I could! Wonderful staff - Stan, Steve and E went above and beyond to help us and had great recommendations for the area, and are truly friendly people - and the bathrooms/showers were so nice I could’ve slept there lol. Same care with laundry room ($1 machines)! Free pump outs either at the fuel dock or served by the pump out boat. There’s a nice pool, and post Covid I’m sure the other gathering spaces will be lively. The night time lighting was comfortable and not glaring. The location was fairly low on boat traffic, so not a lot of rocking, had such easy boating access to waterways, anchorages, islands, beaches and creeks that we will go back for more exploration. A walk from the marina between the only two nearby neighborhoods passes a bird filled marsh and was a nice way to start my day. Courtesy car, easy access to shopping (Muddy Waters Coffee and Normandy Bakery; both two thumbs up!), and of course all the attractions of the Charleston area are a bonus.

This has been one of our favorite marinas to stop at so far and would not hesitate to recommend or come here again in the future. They have the cleanest facilities from the bathrooms to laundry to the docks. And they have the friendliest and most helpful staff all around. They were knowledgeable and so friendly. We originally planned for a short stopover but got waylaid by some weather but this marina was exceptionally helpful and accommodating. Also have a courtesy car that can use to run into town; number of grocery stores, Walmart, propane refill options, and a West Marine all within short driving distance.

Would give 6 stars if possable, agree with all the rest reviews, great amenities and helpful staff

This is the nicest marina in Charleston. The staff are knowledgeable and friendly. The facility is kept spotless and the amenities are fantastic. More than fair pricing for what you get. A pleasure to stay here.

This has got to be one of the nicer Marinas in the area. The staff is very friendly and the Marina is so clean. Lots of showers and washer/dryers.

This has got to be one of the nicer Marinas in the area. The staff is very friendly and the marina is so clean. Lots of showers and washer/dryers.

We arrived after hours and Steve, who lives there, helped us dock, which was good because of the current. It runs diagonal to the docks. The bathrooms were the cleanest and nicest we've seen in 3 years of cruising, and the everyone was friendly. They provided us with a splitter for our power cord. We got a nice Boat US discount, which was a pleasant surprise. Will absolutely stay there again.

This has been our home marina since Feb 2018. It's a great place with a helpful and friendly staff. The docks are in good condition, the electrical power is fine and the WiFi is strong on the docks. The heads and showers are luxurious and there are plenty of them, no waiting. There's a nice swimming pool, open in warm weather. There's nothing within a reasonable walking distance but there's a courtesy car for transients. A grocery store and home center are about two miles away, as are several restaurants. Fuel prices are competitive.

Laundry was reasonably priced, (unlike some, it's not a profit center for them). Got fuel, pump-out and overnight. Was on the fuel dock as It was blowing a little that day and I think they were not sure what was able to do. It made for easy in and out in despite of the current. Wifi was great (although I was parked under the office, so I can't say what it ids like at outer dock.)

Faulty electrical on the outside dock.

They have a courtesy car for your use for 2 hours. Their laundry facilities include four washers and four dryers, all spin types and new. The docks are ipe wood and in good shape. They have a captain's lounge with a full sized pool table for use by those docking. You can also rent a car from Enterprise, they will pick you up. There can be current to spice up your docking, have your lines ready, they will meet you at your dock.

Stopped here with engine trouble May 2018. Had such a great stay - nice docks, bathrooms, staff, laundry - and luxurious pool at the end of a long hot day! It was perfect. Highly recommend St Johns.

Best facilities and friendliest staff on the ICW. New docks in late 2017 replaced hurricane damage. Great restrooms and laundry. Courtesy car is good since it's a little remote. The car bridge has been replaced. The current runs strong here at mid-tide so time your arrival to slack water, if possible, and have all your lines ready. That said, the dock hands will help make your landing as safe and easy as possible. Highly recommend it for a day or a couple of months.

Great facility, but remote. There is a courtesy car which is great for errands. Would get 5* if the internet was functional, but it really is marginal.

Stopped in for fuel, very friendly staff and super great dock hands. Highly recommend.

Best facilities on the waterway. Unfortunately there access bridge is broken and you have to walk a long distance to the parking lot. Not close to anything walkable, and the restaurant is closed. However they have a nice courtesy car to go stores, restaurants, etc.

Staff very friendly and helpful. Excellent prices. Very clean facilities. We will stay here again

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The Saint John compulsory pilotage area consists of all the navigable waters within a line drawn across the Saint John Harbour from a position at Latitude 45°15’48” N., Longitude 66°04’48” W., 136° (True) to a position at Latitude 45°15’42” N., Longitude 66°04’36.8″ W. and all the navigable waters within a line bearing 180° (True) from Cape Spencer for a distance of 1.6 nautical miles, thence 270° (True) for a distance of 4.16 nautical miles, thence 295° (True) for a distance of 5.3 nautical miles to shore

  • Pilot Boarding Station: 45° 10′ 48″N / 66° 03′ 42″W
  • First ETA UTC (Hours): 12
  • Confirm or Correct ETA (Hours): 4
  • Departure / Movage Local Time (Hours): 4
  • Pilot Boat R/T Channel No.: 16 / 12

For Tankers and Liquid Natural Gas Carriers, the Compulsory Pilotage Area is extended: The area above, plus all the navigable waters within a line drawn from a position at Latitude 45°10.7′ N, Longitude 66°02.64′ W, thence to a position at Latitude 45°08.8′ N, Longitude 66°03.65′ W, thence to a position at Latitude 45°09.5′ N, Longitude 66°05.8′ W, thence to a position at Latitude 45°11.38′ N, Longitude 66°04.58′ W.

  • Pilot Boarding Station: Inbound 45°09.5’N / 66°05.8’W / Outbound 45°10’48″N / 66°03’42″W

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