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The Dockyard / Re: Albatross (1900) -- Discussion: Questions and Comments
« on: November 16, 2017, 03:18:35 am »
A lot of the Coast Guard vessels would stop at Nanaimo or Comox to get coal on their way to Seattle or on their way from Seattle. They did it for years, and then they suddenly stopped. Are you the reason???  >:( >:( >:(  ;)

Dockside Cafe / Re: Dockside Gallery
« on: November 11, 2017, 05:00:58 pm »
From Mr. Wiki (who wants money)

Bear spray is a type of pepper spray or capsaicin deterrent that is used to deter aggressive bears, typically in wilderness environments.

Bear spray typically contains higher levels (typically 1?2%) of major capsaicinoids (the key active ingredients) than pepper sprays intended for self-defense against human assailants (typically 0.2?1.3%).

Studies suggest that bear spray is effective at reducing the risk of injury or death in these situations. While bear spray can be effective, authorities stress that proper bear-awareness and avoidance techniques are the best ways to minimize injuries due to human?bear conflict.[1]

A 2008 "Efficacy of Bear Deterrent Spray in Alaska" study stated:

    "Red pepper spray stopped bears? undesirable behavior 92% of the time when used on brown bears, 90% for black bears, and 100% for polar bears.
    Of all persons carrying sprays, 98% were uninjured by bears in close-range encounters.
    All bear-inflicted injuries (n = 3) associated with defensive spraying involved brown bears and were relatively minor (i.e., no hospitalization required).
    In 7% (5 of 71) of bear spray incidents, wind was reported to have interfered with spray accuracy, although it reached the bear in all cases.
    In 14% (10 of 71) of bear spray incidents, users reported the spray having had negative side effects upon themselves, ranging from minor irritation (11%, 8 of 71) to near incapacitation (3%, 2 of 71).
    Bear spray represents an effective alternative to lethal force and should be considered as an option for personal safety for those recreating and working in bear country."[5]

It is not allowed to be carried on aircraft, although when you are flying in to a very remote location, you have no option. I have a vague memory of a helicopter crashing killing all aboard when a can of bear spray went off. That may be a northern, as opposed to an urban, myth. In the north the joke is that we tell people to carry it because the bears like their meat seasoned.  ;D ;D ;D

And if you can't get it at Woolies, it is available at most stores in the north.  ;)

Old Weather and Zooniverse News / Re: Other Citizen Science Projects
« on: November 11, 2017, 03:14:35 pm »
What I meant was that I will sign up to advertise OW.
I don't need more projects either.

Thanks for the clarification. I was worried for a while there.

Dockside Cafe / Re: Dockside Gallery
« on: November 11, 2017, 03:12:51 pm »
As long as you have a warm coat and a can of bear spray it's fine. Really. Trust me.  ;D ;D ;D

Dockside Cafe / Re: Inspirational/Good-feeling
« on: November 10, 2017, 08:38:10 pm »
 :) :) :) :'( :'(

The Logs and FAQ / Re: Natural Phenomena
« on: November 09, 2017, 06:35:16 pm »
From USGC Cutter Northland, 8 September 1940

1845 - Measured height of ice berg off Disko Island (69.75,  -53.50) by means of four point bearings, distance abeam and sextant angle. Height so measured was 404.6 feet.

That's a fair chunk of ice, especially considering that only 10% of it is above water, if it's floating, that is.

Geographical Help / Re: Chat
« on: November 09, 2017, 03:33:23 pm »
Yay, team!!! :) :) :)

The Logs and FAQ / Re: Natural Phenomena
« on: November 06, 2017, 08:22:23 pm »
From USCG Cutter Northland, 12 July 1938

At 5:30, in Lat. 67o 27'N, long. 167o 40'W entered area of local magnetic disturbance and determined the magnetic variation to be 9-00E, by sun azimuth, gyro compass, and flying-bridge magnetic compass. Similarly in Lat. 67o 18'N Long 167o 50'W magnetic variation is 7o-00E, and in Lat 67o 07'N, Long 167o 55'W magnetic variation is 10o-00E.

That's the first time I've seen that.

Dockside Cafe / Re: Dockside Gallery
« on: November 04, 2017, 02:29:19 pm »
 ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D

Dockside Cafe / Re: Signs of OW addiction ...
« on: November 02, 2017, 03:33:42 am »
This afternoon I accidentally referred to my volunteer shift at the library as my 'watch'

 ;D ;D ;D

Dockside Cafe / Re: Dockside Gallery
« on: October 29, 2017, 09:48:16 pm »

For future ice hunters, this is the look of ice.

Dockside Cafe / Re: Dockside Gallery
« on: October 28, 2017, 03:45:36 pm »
Good choice, but where are our valiant and hardworking ladies???

Probably out doing the work while the men stand around talking about it.   ;D ;D ;D

Dockside Cafe / Re: Worse things happen at sea
« on: October 24, 2017, 03:14:18 pm »
 :) :) :)

Dockside Cafe / Re: Chat - 2017
« on: October 24, 2017, 03:11:14 pm »
Well, we wouldn't want you to find yourself at a loose end ....

 ;D ;D ;D

Dockside Cafe / Re: Chat - 2017
« on: October 24, 2017, 02:54:27 pm »
What, no volunteer in Vancouver?  ;D

OK, fine. I'll drag myself over on Saturday the 4th;)

It turns out that we're going over that weekend anyway for:
  • a cancer conference for the boss;
  • a visit with children and grandchildren;
  • a Cirque de Soleil show; and now it seems,
  • a trip to the museum.

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