Tuesday, October 10, 2006
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Anonymous said...

Was this ship formerly known as the CCGS Parizeau? I also want to know whether the Parizeau was formerly named Dawson.
Thanks to anyone who may know.

Anonymous said...

This ship is presently anchored in the outer Arichat Harbour. Does anyone know what she is doing these days and/or who owns and operates her?

Anonymous said...

This Ship Destiny Empress, is in Chaguaramas port (Trinidad & Tobago).

I can say that, now is in better conditions than the picture here.

Anonymous said...

The Dawson was then sister ship of the Parizeau. The Parizeau was part of the Canadian Hydrographic Service, DFO based in Patricia Bay, Vancouver island, BC from 1961 to about 1990. She was transfered to Halifx where she remained till decommissioned and sold. She was named after the famous West Coast Hydrographer Henri D Parizeau.

Anonymous said...

I was the Chief Engineer on her when we left Shelburne NS in
march 2009 in way to Antigua.

The owner put her for sale for approx 1,5 millions usd.
The owner do not get enough money to run or operate her. Yves

Anonymous said...

Is she coming back to Canada? When?

Anonymous said...

She was arrested today (22 December 09) about 100 miles off Spain while on a drug run to Europe.

Anonymous said...

And what has become of the crew?

Anonymous said...

arrested today with $600M worth of Cocaine. 1.5 tons!!!

Anonymous said...

where in the west indies was she coming from?

Gary LeDrew said...

Antigua
see other destiny empress post in catagories

Anonymous said...

Lol, I can tell you who ownes it now and what is was doing.

http://www.cnn.com/2009/WORLD/europe/12/23/spain.cocaine.ship.bust/index.html

C . Burnie said...

This is not a laughing matter there is an innocent man from digby nova scotia in jail in spain that was set up by the owners of this vessel he was highered to take across the atlantic.I know this man and I gaurantee he knew nothing of its hidden cargo.We need to get him home to his family.

Anonymous said...

Any new news on the Destiny Empress crew?? A man from my town was among the people arrested and detained:(:(:( Everyone is so worried!

Anonymous said...

Destiny Empress left Antigua in july and was sailed to trinidad .
I was on board as chief engineer
the boat was in a very sorry state when I left her there.
somebody must have spent money on her to make her seaworthy again

Cassandra said...

You know the ship might look arfull, on the outside, but inside she is a real beauty, I have never seen something more spacious. Take it from me I know

Cassandra said...

I dont know why you all cannot leave the owner alone, when she was in Arichat, or Shelburn, or Louisburn, she had no bad intentions , I just wished you would have leaved them alone, will they were in our country.

Cassandra said...

I am so happy the owner finally was able to sale the ship, he will finally be at peace, but I hope the drug bust will not affect his case.

Anonymous said...

I would simply like to know who the engeneer that worked on the empree is, please contact me on my email : sandranellie@yahoo.ca, maybe I know you some how, anyway, get in touch.

Emma said...

Does anybody even know the name of the owner, and the name of his family, And can anybody tell me if it is truly opssible to condict that ship with only two people, I am told this was the case when the destiny empress was a private investment, plus what happened to the owner after the sae, and if transport canada felt his back. Thank you.

Gary LeDrew said...

I watched the ship come into the wharf at Louisbourg. The Man was on the bridge, His wife threw the messenger to us and I looked in amazement as this slight lady and 2 children a girl of 11 or 12 and a boy about 5. they all pushed the hawser to us. The Hawser was bigger around then the boy.
Same crew when they left

Anonymous said...

When the Destiny Empress was a private investment, its main engineer was: the owner, who was the captain and the head of the family. His beautiful wife was aide engineer, mother and first mate. So as you can see, I guess it is truly possible for two determined adults to conduct such a ship.

Anonymous said...

did the owners liveon that big ship

Gary LeDrew said...

The original owners when it came to Louisbourg did. The children went to school here

Anonymous said...

so what happened to the innocent man from digby???

Anonymous said...

Does anyone have any updates on the past owner of the Destiny Empress? Was he a real Captain, or just someone playing skipper? Just curious...

Gary LeDrew said...

Sheree Halliday got some good news.
The man who first got her husband Philip involved with the ‘Destiny Empress' has been ‘acquitted on all charges this week.’
That according to an email sent by lawyer John Henry of Joseph Hill & Co in Tottenham, England. Henry has been representing Michael McDermott.
McDermott was the captain of the ‘Destiny Empress” who first hired Halliday aboard in 2009 in Shelburne.
McDermott wasn’t aboard the vessel however when Halliday was arrested. He missed the trip from Trinidad due to broken ribs.
“One of the big things they had against Philip was a phone call he made to Michael to tell him they would be in Spain in two days,” says Sheree. “Because Michael had offered to take Philip on a tour around when he got in.”
Before Philip could land though, he and the rest of the crew were arrested for drug trafficking off the coast of Spain on Dec. 21, 2009. McDermott was arrested later in the U.K., along with an another dozen suspects, in February 2010 in connection with the same trafficking case.
“We’ve been writing and speaking to his lawyer on the phone since they told us a long time ago now, that they had some information that would prove Philip’s innocence,” says an audibly hopeful Sheree. “Well now that he’s been acquitted and his case is over with I really hope he will step up and do the right thing and help Philip.”
McDermott’s court proceeding took place in England.
Philip has been in a string of Spanish jails for the last 18 months and is suffering from liver disease. Doctors told him when he was first incarcerated that he needed to have his gall bladder out.
But as he was transferred from jail to jail, his medical records did not follow him. Finally this March he had gall stones removed but now has a tumour on his kidney and is still waiting to have the gall bladder removed.
“It would be one thing if he was overseas and in jail,” says Sheree, “But he’s sick too and that is what scares the hell out of me.”
Sheree says Philip trusted McDermott like a friend. They had made two trips together, one to Antigua and one to Trinidad and Philip felt comfortable with him as captain. Then when Philip arrived in Trinidad to take the empty ship to a German buyer in Spain, as he was told, McDermott wasn’t there.
A group in Digby has organized two different communication blitzes to persuade Canadian politicians and embassy staff to intervene on Halliday’s behalf.
In vain. They have recently launched their third blitz and a petition drive on the Facebook page, “The Friends & Family of Philip Halliday”.
“We are asking people to email, phone, fax or send letters to the minister of foreign affairs, the prime minister, our MP Greg Kerr and to the Canadian ambassador to Spain,” says Teressa Faessler who runs the Facebook page. “Ask them to please give us some help, to stand up for Philip’s human rights.”
Faessler wrote McDermott’s lawyer on Friday June 17 and got this answer back the same day:
“mr mcdermott was acquitted of all charges this week. he is no longer in prison. we will fax the relevant documentation to the fax number provided by sheree this week”
Sheree says she isn’t sure what this will mean for Philip.
“This has been such an emotional rollercoaster. We get some good news and then we get a bunch of bad news in the back of that. It’s just been insane.”

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