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The Continuation of the Sealift Saga…

Well I can now say that my sealift is out of the crate, and into my ‘sealift room’ (some might refer to this is a pantry) in my house.  I am a bit bruised and sore, but managed alright in the end to get it inside..with a little help from a friend! Then I spent another couple of hours today–looking in boxes pulling out some items…and moving the boxes around!

I didn’t get any shots this year of the boat unloading…partly because they did it at high tide–which was at like 5am or so on Friday morning! But when my mum was here in 2009 we watched one afternoon the unloading of the sealift boat.  If you’d like to see stories and photos from that day… click HERE.

I went down to the beach before work on Friday morning.. to sign off that my crate had met the ‘high water mark’ unharmed.  All was good…I was excited to see my crate on the beach…at the bottom of a bunch of other crates!

As I went to walk to work… it was quite busy on the beach.. and I had a few obstacles to move around–and not get in the way of the unloading/shifting that was happening of crates and C-cans.

I headed home on Friday after work…and no crate at my house!  (I kind of expected this…as ‘personal’ cargo is the last to be moved to the respected homes…usually the Co-0p; Construction stuff gets moved first…).  On Saturday afternoon my crate arrived!!!

Here’s the crate in front of my house–with a shot from my iPhone!  The crate was 1.22m wide, 1.88m high and 1.88m long and weighed 1327lbs!  I waited til later that evening when my friend came back to help me open this sucker up!  I don’t have a crow bar OR a hammer here in Pang yet, they are in my ‘shipment of personal effects’ that I sent up from Winnipeg! (here’s hoping that will show up this week…)

After the lid was off then came the job of getting the boxes out of the crate!  My friend reached in with the help of a ladder and got a few boxes out… then he ended up getting inside the crate and passed them to me… I brought them into the house.  I just piled them in my boot room…and a bit in the living room.  (Only to have to move them again today (Sunday)!) It was a lot of work..but I think we managed to get the crate unloaded in about an hour and a bit… I wouldn’t have been able to do it without help!
This morning after I had some breakfast…I started the job of moving the boxes up to my sealift room.  I unpacked a few of them(this is because I possibliy might be moving into another house at some point in the future–and didn’t want to unpack all the boxes only to have to re-pack them!) I did however, open all the boxes up..and pull out some of the things I want to add to my cupboards straight away!…

Here’s a shot of my sealift closet, I think you can tell which is the BEFORE and which is the AFTER!

There’s a lot of food there…and some of the purchases are a bit funny.  But  that’s a story for another time…!

Christmas… in August?

On my way to work this morning… I looked into the fiord and saw that another sealift barge had made its way all stealth like into Pang!  (often the ships arrive in the middle of the night, and leave under the cover of darkness too–I’m not sure why…it’s just been my random observation!)  I was excited, because I was pretty certain my food order was on this boat!

Food on a boat? You might be asking yourself… this seems very odd. So let me explain and back up a bit! Everyone knows how costly it is to live in the north–especially because of food prices!  In the summer it’s ‘sealift season’ where ships from Montreal make their way north–filled with lots of things from food, to vehicles, to large machinery, to any kind of housing supplies, furniture etc… it’s the cheapest way to get goods here, everything else you have to fly in. Even the Northern and Coop do sealift orders, to keep prices low.. but after the sealift stock runs out, then they have to fly in the goods so prices go higher.

When I knew I was coming to live here, I knew I wanted to do a Sealift order…but also knew getting to Ottawa to do all the shopping and then boxing up of it and then dropping it off at the TSC (crating company) was NOT going to happen–because I was in Winnipeg!  So I contacted I Shop 4 U and they gave me shopping lists, I filled them out(imagining how much of something I needed for a YEAR) was funny, but thanks to my friend Becky…I think I managed alright! (We will still have to see once the crate is unpacked)… they then shopped for me, boxed it and delivered it to the TSC and then from there it was delivered to the docks in Montreal and then put on the Ship.  Now that ship is sitting out in the fiord!

As I left for work after lunch I snapped this shot of the ship, you can see that the tug boats are ready to make their way across to the harbour….(this is the FIRST photo I took with my new-to-me 50-500mm lens… I took it from my back porch! Thanks Ryan..I LOVE it!!)

The thing they had to wait for was ‘high-tide’… you see Pang doesn’t YET have a deep-sea port.  Right now they are working on creating one… to make it easier for ships to unload their cargo… it’s a pretty cool project, (hence all the photos of diggers in the harbour)… they are just starting the 3rd phase of the project… and that means dredging a further out, and creating a deep enough channel so that ships like this one could make it into the port!   You can see them digging in the boat/platform closest to the beach…

The ‘office’ hadn’t come across yet, so I went back to work.  Then went back to the beach mid afternoon… and visited the ‘office’…(pictured below)… Here I found out some details… like YES, my Crate IS on this Ship… but it probably won’t be on the beach until tomorrow morning at 8am!  (depending on the tides… but they hope so by then!)

You see they have an order.. and the first deck they are off loading is ‘large pieces of machinery’.. (and some housing units)… like this gravel chipper thingy (yes, that’s the ‘correct’ term for sure!) for the gravel pit…

Then they have to offload the ‘sea-cans’… and then behind those… there’s the personal cargo–that would be ME! 🙂 I get to ‘sign off’ on my crate..bright and early… and then arrange for it to be delivered to my house…

So tomorrow will be a fun day… just like Christmas, but well only I’ll be unpacking food– Flour, Sugar, Canned tomatoes, and well of course KD as well as a few more things I’m sure!!