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The SAGA of our new Mariner 10 HP Outboard

The SAGA of our new Mariner 10 HP Outboard

The SAGA of our new Mariner 10 HP Outboard   We purchased a brand new Mariner 10hp outboard from Arisaig Marine in Arisaig, north of the Ardnamurchan Peninsula on the west coast of Scotland, as our old Johnson 9.9 was proving to be unreliable. The people there were very co-operative, and when they realized none
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The Battle of Navarino (Greece)

The Battle of Navarino (Greece)

The Battle of Navarino (Greece)   On shore the streets of Pilos were decorated with triangular pennants of British, French and Russian flags to commemorate the Battle of Navarino. In July of 1827, the Treaty of London provided that Greece should be autonomous, “but under the control of the Turks”, as the Greeks had been
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The Battles of  Cape Matapan and Actium (Greece)

The Battles of Cape Matapan and Actium (Greece)

The Battle of Cape Matapan (Greece)  In March of 1941, Admiral Cunningham in HMS Warspite was attempting to draw the Italian battleship Vittorio Veneto, flagship of the Italian fleet, into battle between the NW coast of Crete and Cape Matapan. Not having radar, he lost track of it, but not until after it was damaged
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The Cremation of Sam McGee

The Cremation of Sam McGee

The Cremation of Sam McGee By Robert W. Service There are strange things done in the midnight sun       By the men who moil for gold; The Arctic trails have their secret tales       That would make your blood run cold; The Northern Lights have seen queer sights,       But the queerest they ever did see Was that
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Living the Dream in Retirement

Living the Dream in Retirement

Mission to Seafarers, Toronto Nov. 1, 2010 To:    Renaissance From:         Aubrey Millard Retired teacher District 16 Below please find an article I have written regarding my (our) retired lifestyle fulfilling our dreams of cruising and travelling around the world. I offer it in the hopes of motivating retirees, or those anticipating retirement to
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Conrad Black Re Canadian Miltary

Conrad Black Re Canadian Miltary

Conrad Black  November 27, 2010 – 9:39 am Cpl Shawn M. Kent / Canadian Forces Canadian and U.S. warships escort an American amphibious assault carrier in the Arabian Sea. “For Chrétien, no amount spent on defence was ever small enough“ Recent weeks have featured extensive debate about Canada’s future role in Afghanistan. Both major parties
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New Mercury problems

New Mercury problems

Veleda IV Boot Key Harbor, Marathon, FL Mercury Marine Customer Service PO Box 1939 Fond Du Lac, WI 54936-9912 January 11, 2012 Re: Mercury 9.9 outboard engine Serial # 0R 319144 Dear Sirs: I wish to register in the strongest terms possible my unhappiness, frustration and contempt for your product, the above engine purchased just
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New Marina in Belize

New Marina in Belize

Sapodilla Lagoon, Belize March 5, 2012 To: Barbara Theisen, Editor, SSCA Commodore’s Bulletin From: Aubrey Millard, Veleda IV Re: Letters from Our Members Hi Barbara, We are cruising Belize and have just discovered a great hurricane hole here in Belize and especially the development of what is planned to be a very good marina in
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Veleda an Ontario 32 – Specifications

Veleda an Ontario 32 – Specifications

Hull Type:  Fin w/spade rudder Rig Type:  Masthead Sloop LOA:  32.00′ / 9.75m LWL:  26.50′ / 8.08m Beam:  11.00′ / 3.35m Listed SA:  481 ft2 / 44.68 m2 Draft (max.)  4.50′ / 1.37m Draft (min.)   Disp.  9800 lbs./ 4445 kgs. Ballast:  3977 lbs. / 1804 kgs. SA/Disp.:  16.86 Bal./Disp.:  40.58% Disp./Len.:  235.09 Designer:  C&C
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RV life in a 26 foot trailer compared with the Cruising life in a 32 foot sailboat

RV life in a 26 foot trailer compared with the Cruising life in a 32 foot sailboat

RV life in a 26 foot trailer compared with the Cruising life in a 32 foot sailboat Aubrey and Judy Millard have been full time liveaboards on Veleda IV, their 1978 Ontario 32 sloop, from July of 1998 to September of 2009, having done two Atlantic crossings, a year in northern Europe, five years in
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Ataturk’s Requiem

Ataturk’s Requiem

Ataturk’s Requiem   Those heroes that shed their blood And lost their lives You are now living in the soil of a friendly country Therefore rest in peace. There is no difference between the Johnnies And the Mehmets to us where they lies side by side Here in this country of ours. You the mothers
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Mercury Outboard problems again (reply from Mercury)

Mercury Outboard problems again (reply from Mercury)

Veleda IV Boot Key Harbor, Marathon, FL January 11, 2012 Mercury Marine Customer Service PO Box 1939 Fond Du Lac, WI 54936-9912 Re: Mercury 9.9 outboard engine Serial # 0R 319144 Dear Sirs: I wish to register in the strongest terms possible my unhappiness, frustration and contempt for your product, the above engine purchased just
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OLD FART PRIDE

OLD FART PRIDE

 I never really liked the terminology “Old Farts” but this makes me feel better about it. And if you ain’t one, I bet ya you know one! I got this from an “Old Fart” friend of mine!   OLD FART PRIDE I’m passing this on as I did not want to be the only old fart
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Royal Canadian Navy Re: Maritime Security

Royal Canadian Navy Re: Maritime Security

This is an article from a conference  of the Atlantic Conference of CanadaI attended in Toronto in late May of this year, 2012. The several speakers gave a very good account of the role of Canada’s Navy in the modern world, and implications for Canada’s security From: FrontLine Defence I Issue 4, 2012 I www.frontline-canada.com
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The Shooting of Dan McGrew

The Shooting of Dan McGrew

    The Shooting of Dan McGrew                                                                                A bunch of the boys were whooping it up in the Malamute saloon; The kid that handles the music-box was hitting a jag-time tune; Back of the bar, in a solo game, sat Dangerous Dan McGrew, And watching his luck was his light-o’-love, the lady that’s known as
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The Ballad of Blasphemous Bill

The Ballad of Blasphemous Bill

The Ballad of Blasphemous Bill By Robert W. Service I took a contract to bury the body of blasphemous Bill MacKie, Whenever, wherever or whatsoever the manner of death he die — Whether he die in the light o’ day or under the peak-faced moon; In cabin or dance-hall, camp or dive, mucklucks or patent
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BATTLE OF TRAFALGAR 2005 Version

BATTLE OF TRAFALGAR 2005 Version

Your recent pictures have prompted me to respond by sending you this piece that was told by a naval friend on the occasion of last year’s celebrations.  Please enjoy the smile and consider yourselves fortunate being out of contact with this crazy world we are now living in.  Trust you are both well and looking
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U S Pirate Hunting Ship – The new Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) USS Independence

U S Pirate Hunting Ship – The new Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) USS Independence

U.S. Pirate Hunting Ship. – How’’d you like this monster pursuing you? The US Navy’s New Pirate Catcher Here are some recent photos of the LCS-2 (to be named the USS Independence). Here she is at sea trials running at only HALF-power at 43 knots! NOTE the absence of a bow wave Also turns tightly
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Building the bimini in June, 2013

Building the bimini in June, 2013

Building the bimini in June, 2013 This will be our third hard bimini. We built the first one in Venezuela in 2006. We made that one with three sheets of 3/8ths inch plywood, mounted on our old soft dodger and bimini frames we had since leaving Toronto in 1998. Even though epoxy-treated and painted, it
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About My Logs

About My Logs

About My Logs  I began to write these logs to keep friends and family in touch with us and Veleda IV as we continued our cruising lifestyle. As more people began to read them, I realized that this was a way to encourage readers to “Go ahead and live your dream”. Many people envy what
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The Charge of the Light Brigade

The Charge of the Light Brigade

The Charge of the Light Brigade Half a league, half a league, Half a league onward, All in the valley of Death Rode the six hundred. “Forward, the Light Brigade! “Charge for the guns!” he said: Into the valley of Death Rode the six hundred. “Forward, the Light Brigade!” Was there a man dismay’d? Not
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Our 16th anniversary!

Our 16th anniversary!

Port McNeil, B.C. July 3, 2014 Hi Folks, Today is our 16th anniversary of full time live aboard cruising! We left the Toronto Hydroplane and Sailing Club at 8:00 pm on July 3, 1998 in Veleda, for an overnight crossing of Lake Ontario to the Welland Canal, and are still cruising after over 54,418 nautical
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Itinerary for Sept. to March 2015/2016

Itinerary for Sept. to March 2015/2016

Itinerary for Sept. to March Aubrey and Judy will put Veleda IV away for the winter on Thetis Island in the Gulf Islands of B.C. on Sept. 20th. They will then go to Vancouver where they will catch the Statendam, a Holland America Line cruise ship, for a 30 day cruise to Singapore, visiting several
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Living the Dream – A Comparison of Lifestyles

Living the Dream – A Comparison of Lifestyles

Living the Dream – A Comparison of Lifestyles of Liveaboard Life on a 32 foot Sailboat and Full Time in a 28 foot RV Judy and Aubrey Millard retired and sold their house in Toronto in 1998 and have been living full time in their Ontario 32 foot sailboat, or part time in the past
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