Alan Haig-Brown

Alan Haig-Brown

Alan Roderick Haig-Brown is a Canadian novelist and non-fiction writer. He specialises in commercial marine and commercial fishing writing and photography. He is a regular contributor to a number of marine publications.

VESSEL REFIT | Odyssey III – Fine dining on the Potomac

There are many fine and elegant places to dine in Washington DC, but few offer the comfort and opulence to match the Odyssey III. Her sleek, low profile superstructure designed to pass under the Potomac River bridges contains enough space to provide all the essentials of a grand evening. Cocktails, dinner, dancing and perhaps most importantly, the beauty and romance of watching the city lights from the deck of a boat on the serene river surface.

FEATURE | Thai aluminium: shape and weld

When Khun Namchai Sakunchoknamchai was seven years old he liked cars, so he built himself one out of wood. Decades later, he was building those big beautiful custom tour buses that are a feature of Thai roads. When he wanted a 30 million baht (US$900,000) machine for shaping rolled aluminium sheet, he designed and built one for less than nine million THB. This machine is just one of the impressive array of technologically sophisticated machines at his factory in Suphanburi, Thailand.

FEATURE | Extensive refit for Chao Phraya teak barge

From the early 17th to the mid 18th century the Dutch maintained a post on the Chao Phraya River near the ancient Thai capital of Ayutthaya. Today little remains of the old Dutch buildings but a fine new museum has been built on the site, Baan Hollanda informs the modern visitor of that important era.

VESSEL REFIT | Alaskan classic upgraded for tourism services

Thousands of people travel Alaska on mega-cruise ships each year, but only a handful get to cruise Alaskan waters on the immaculate Liseron. Built in Seattle in 1952 by the US Navy as a minesweeper she was sold to France, but returned to Seattle in 1990 after being lovingly converted to yacht-class in Florida.

FEATURE | Interesting launch for interesting tugs

Vancouver, BC-based Island Tug and Barge, which has just been taken over by Tidewater Transportation and Terminals, recently launched a pair of tugs that will be matched with two of its existing barges. The two boats were built with pins for use in an articulated tug and barge application.

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