Green Sea Shipbuilding Establishment

Saturday, July 28, 2007


On September 9, 2005, the R.C.S. KAMLOOPS sailed on what would become a fateful voyage. It was a very windy late afternoon when the ship set upon Chapparral Lake in Scottsdale. A single-channel ship at the time, she sailed steadily to the south and the end of the lake. Then, fatefully, she turned north to return to her starting point. The ballast had been placed in her hull to defend against a wind on her starboard side. When she turned north, she became vulnerable to the wind, and before long, she CAPSIZED, much like the QUEEN MARY 2.

For nearly 2 years, the event was hidden in secrecy. No mention was made on RCGROUPS.COM, or here on the Green Sea website. In October of 2005, a new and identically-sized hull was constructed and fiberglassed for a NEW KAMLOOPS, but it would sit by for nearly 2 years collecting dust.

Now, I am pleased to report, the KAMLOOPS has returned to service! Several elements of the original KAMLOOPS model (like the pilothouse) were preserved on this new hull.

The NEW KAMLOOPS made her Maiden Voyage on the quiet morning of Sunday July 22, 2006 on Mercado Lake in Scottsdale. It's good to have her back.

Ironically, the real KAMLOOPS was a 250-foot package freighter that sailed Lake Superior from 1924-1927 and was lost in a storm with all hands.

Barrett Hochhaus


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