Dreamboat Turned Nightmare – Part V
Captain Byron Oxford and his eight-man crew survived a harrowing ordeal after the fishing vessel Atlantic Charger sank south of Baffin Island in September 2015.
For some of the survivors, the experience will haunt them forever. Captain Oxford said he battled anxiety while at sea for several months after the incident.
For the vessel’s owner, his battle was different and started after the loss of the Charger.
For nearly nine months following the loss of his vessel, Brad Watkins dealt ...
Dreamboat Turned Nightmare — Part IV
After tossing around in 20-foot seas in the Davis Strait for eight or nine hours, Captain Byron Oxford and his eight crewmembers heard the distinct sound of a ship’s horn. Looking through the canopy opening of their life raft, they saw a large ship in the distance. Approximately an hour later, the ship drew near and attempted to rescue the crew of the Atlantic Charger, but getting a small rubber raft safely alongside a large steel ship in heavy seas was not an easy task — let alone getting ...
Dreamboat Turned Nightmare — Part III
Jumping from a sinking ship into a bitterly cold ocean just south of the Arctic Circle was the most daunting event in the lives of Captain Byron Oxford and eight crewmembers of the fishing vessel Atlantic Charger. But they had no choice. On September 22, 2015, their vessel was filling with water and listing badly to starboard. Their only hope was to try and get into a rubber life raft and hope the raging seas didn’t kill them. This is Part III of ‘Dreamboat Turned Nightmare.’
Dreamboat Turned Nightmare — Part II
The Atlantic Charger was probably the best equipped Newfoundland vessel in its class in 2015, but the Northwest Atlantic Ocean once again demonstrated its awesome power when the Charger was trying to get home to Newfoundland after fishing turbot in the Davis Strait, east of Baffin Island. On September 22, 2015, two mighty waves overwhelmed the vessel. Captain Byron Oxford and his eight crewmembers were forced to abandon ship. Their struggle to survive rivaled scenes you only see in movies. This ...
Dreamboat Turned Nightmare
The Atlantic Charger was an exceptional fishing vessel.
Built in 2012 at a cost of $2.5 million, the Charger was the most modern and best-equipped vessel in the Newfoundland and Labrador inshore fishing fleet.
Measuring nearly 70 feet long and 26 feet wide, it was one of the largest, if not the largest, vessel of its class. But no vessel is indestructible when confronted by the decimating powers of the northwest Atlantic Ocean, whether is due to ice infested waters or rough seas.
Defying the Odds — Part II
Last month we introduced you to boat builder Val Cull from Port Saunders on Newfoundland’s northwest coast. A very interesting man who started from humble beginnings, Val was self-taught in the art of wooden boat building and later learned the skills of fibreglass construction. He was best known during most of his career for his repair and vessel maintenance skills and more recently made a name for himself as the builder of some of the largest privately owned fishing vessels ever built in ...
Tragedy Averted: Crew of Atlantic Charger Safe After Vessel Goes Down Near Frobisher Bay
The well-known Newfoundland-based fishing vessel Atlantic Charger ran into trouble September 21, started taking on water and later sank off Resolution Island, near Frobisher Bay.
The crew of nine, which was fishing turbot at the time, abandoned ship and took to a life raft and were later picked up hours later by the Danish ship FV Pamiut, the Canadian military’s Joint Task Force Atlantic reported.
Resolution Island lies at the mouth of Frobisher Bay, about 300 kilometres southeast of ...
Crew of Atlantic Charger Safe After Vessel Takes on Water Near Frobisher Bay
The well-known Newfoundland-based fishing vessel Atlantic Charger ran into trouble Monday and started taking on water off Resolution Island, near Frobisher Bay.
The crew of nine abandoned ship and took to a life raft and were later picked up by the Danish ship FV Paamiut, the Canadian military's Joint Task Force Atlantic reported.
Resolution Island lies at the mouth of Frobisher Bay, about 300 kilometres southeast of Iqaluit. Initial reports from the Joint Rescue Coordination Centre put ...