13 Apr '11, 9pm

New Commentary by @captpaulwatson The Gift that Just Keeps on Giving: the Continuing Adventures of the Farley Mowat

New Commentary by @captpaulwatson The Gift that Just Keeps on Giving: the Continuing Adventures of the Farley Mowat

In 1992, Canada ordered my ship the Sea Shepherd II into Ucluelet harbor in Vancouver Island. I was returning from the North Pacific to Seattle with the intention of retiring the old vessel, and I was concerned that it was going to cost a few hundred thousand dollars to do so. I did not need to go into Ucluelet and the government had no legal authority over me to force me in but I saw an opportunity and the ship entered the harbor with a pilot where we were immediately pounced upon by the Mounties and Canada Customs. They brought dogs and all sorts of equipment to do a complete search of the ship for weapons and drugs. They of course found nothing and said we were free to go. But the pilot then presented me with a bill for $7500 for pilotage fees. I told the pilot that I had no intention of paying said fees because I entered the harbor at the request of the government of C...

Full article: http://www.seashepherd.org/news-and-media/editorial-11041...

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