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    *Fate of former DQ 'Cape' boats revealed*

    Steamboating colleagues:
    Fate of the former DQ CAPE MAY & CAPE COD cruise vessels has been revealed in both a business B=Mail and a squib in the winter issue of PowerShips from Steamship Historical Society of America. Frank Prudent, and others on this web, are subscribing members.

    Both boats left Green Grove Springs, Florida near Jacksonville for northern and British waters with doubts they will ever return. CAPE MAY LIGHT departed on June 11, 2011 for Deception Bay, Canada as an accommodation vessel for 160 port construction workers there. The name Deception Bay gives me chills. Previously she had served in Port au Prince, Haiti following the disastrous earthquake in 2010. CAPE COD LIGHT depated in August, 2011for Barrow-in-Furness, England also to serve as an accommodation ship for port workers. A number of boats, ships/liners in recent years have been retired and put in such service around the world as basically barracks.

    Both are managed by 'Comfort At Sea,' joint venture between 'Blue Water Shipping A/S of Denmark, and ISP of Miami, Florida.' I never laid eyes on either but some here may have. What a disappointment they never lived up to their potential here as cruise vessels under 'Coastal Voyage' logo.

    R. Dale Flick
    Coal Haven Landing, Ohio River, Cincinnati.

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    *Where just is Deception Bay, N. Canada?*

    Steamboating colleagues:
    Okay, a question here by E=Mail as to "Just where is Deception Bay, N. Canada?" Not steamboats as such but part of the saga on how a company can rise and fall. Follow the 'paper chase' with the current holding companies and you'll learn a lot. Follow the money and you'll learn even more.

    Former CAPE MAY LIGHT deployed to Deception Bay at Lat: 62.17 N./Long. 74.45 W. in the Arctic north of Hudson Bay. Due east is the Labrador Sea and Greenland. One forbidding location where the summer is short and adventurers hunt or fish for their breakfast. The port formerly shipped out asbestos until that product banned for obvious reasons. There's also heavy mining for copper and nickel; thus the aging port is being expanded, deepened. 'Deception Bay' one of several. The above named by early Northwest Passage explorers who came to grief and tragedy seeing the water route to the Pacific. Read about the ill-fated Franklin Expedition from England and you'll see why. No Gulf Stream moderating currents there.

    I've been in those waters of the Labrador Sea along with flying over. Even in high summer the Labrador Sea is the funnel for Arctic/Greenland ice packs, bergs, 'growlers' flowing by current south at a faster pace than you'd expect. The TITANIC found this out April, 1912. I trust the CAPE MAY LIGHT is well insulated with a good heating plant. Brrrrrrrrr. Well, what do I know?

    R. Dale Flick
    Coal Haven Landing, Ohio River, Cincinnati.

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