The Bramble was built in 1943.  The vessel measures 180′ overall and had a beam of 37′ at the extreme. She has a displacement of 935 tons and draws 12′.  A notched forefoot, ice-belt at the waterline, and reinforced bow give the vessel icebreaking capabilities. Extending the superstructure to the ship’s sides increased the interior volume above the main deck.

A single propeller, turned by an electric motor powered by twin diesel generators, gives her a 12-knot cruising speed; at 8.3 knots the cruising range  is 17,000 miles.

All of the 180’s were named after trees, shrubs or flowers. This was a continuation of the longstanding lighthouse service practice of naming vessels after foliage found in the intended area of operation for that vessel.


The “Bridge” is the control centre of the ship.  Here the Captain and Sailors steer the vessel with the help of the navigation instruments.


The Captain’s Quarters are the most “luxurious” although still spartan by hotel standards.


The “Mess” is anything but!  This is the dining area where the crew eats.  There’s always lots of food and snacks and a fresh pot of coffee.


The “Galley” is the ship’s kitchen where Chef Marlon whips up delicious meals.  Not easy on a rocking ship at sea!


Quarters for one of the ship’s officers.  Nice to have private space but very tiny and spartan.


Crew bunks below deck.  Not very luxurious but this area is the most comfortable place to sleep as there is less ship roll.


One of the ship’s electrical generators.  There are two of them to provide the vessel with electrical power.


One of the ship’s massive engines.  They generate electricity for the drive motors that propel the vessel, much like a diesel-electric train.


At the lower front part of the ship is the “Hold”, where supplies are stored.  A thirsty crew needs LOTS of water.


The ship has a small laundry area below deck with three washes and dryers.  However, it seems one of them is always on the blink at any time!


The halls, or “passages” on the ship are very narrow and full of equipment.  Navigating them while the ship is rolling is challenging!


Finally, we have an indispensable piece of equipment:  the ship’s bathrooms or “Head”.

So named for the time when sailors relieved themselves near the front of a sailing ship where the figurehead of the ship was fastened.