Old Bay was first invented by German Jewish refugee, Gustav Brunn, after spending two weeks in Buchnwald concentration camp. The seasoning is a zesty, saliferous, burnt orange spice that pairs well with any seafood — especially our fresh Atlantic lobster rolls.

Old Bay has become a family favourite across the United States and has even made its way to Canada. How did Brunn revolutionize the way crab was eaten you ask? Well, the story begins in 1906 in the small town of Bastheim, Germany. Gustav Brunn was only 13 years old when he quit school because it was too expensive and began work as a tannery apprentice. In 1923, the tannery closed and Brunn bought the store and began selling cases and spices to sausage makers — this marked the beginning of his career in the spice industry.

However, things took a turn on November 10, 1938 when the Nazi regime arrested the Jews on a massive scale for the first time. Within hours, Brunn was taken to the Buchenwald concentration camp. After two weeks, Brunn was released with a shaved head and a bad case of pneumonia. Within a week of his release, Brunn, his wife, and two children sailed for America, Baltimore bound. Upon landing, Brunn scored a job at the world’s biggest spice maker, McCormick & Company. Things took a turn when McCormick learned that Brunn was Jewish and fired him. Nonetheless, Brunn did not give up. He opened his own store, the Baltimore Spice Company, across from a fish market. Soon enough, seafood vendors were coming to him for spices. Brunn took note of what they ordered, which was a mix of pepper, salt, and mustard, and began experimenting on his own. Twas was the birth of Old Bay.

Now you may be wondering what Old Bay actually consists of. It is a mix of 18 spices, including mustard, paprika, celery salt, mace, nutmeg, cinnamon, bay leaf, red pepper, cardamom, celery seed, cloves, laurel leaves, mustard, salt, pepper, and ginger.

Nothing says summer like a New England lobster roll made fresh from our ship’s galley , so book a sail with us today and see Toronto like no other while enjoying the finest catering.

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When considering chartering a yacht in Canada, we know you have many options. Some of these options look super exciting and at ridiculously great prices. Recent trends in the industry have opened the door for many unqualified individuals to purchase boats and offer charter services to the unsuspecting public. It’s easy to create a website and even easier to just list a boat on sites such as Facebook Marketplace, Kijiji, Getmyboat, Boat Setter and many others.

Unfortunately, many of these operators are NOT licensed, insured or qualified to accept your trust on the water.

In order to be licensed and insured a number of items MUST be in place. Listed are just a few.

  • The operator must be licensed by Transport Canada with a commercial license known as either:
    – Limited Master under 60tonne.
    – Small Vessel Operators Permit (SVOP).
  • The name of the vessel must be visible on the stern (back) or the registration number beginning with the letter “C” must be visible on the side of the vessel near the front. Boats with a registration number beginning with “ON” are not licensed for passengers.
  • If the vessel is under 12m (40’) it should participate in the Transport Canada Small Vessel Compliance Program and display a “Blue Decal” and have corresponding certificate.
  • If the vessel is over 12m (40’) or carries more than 12 passengers, it MUST BE INSPECTED by Transport Canada and have an inspection certificate on board.
  • All vessels must have commercial liability insurance and coverage specifically for the number of passengers approved to be carried on board.
  • The vessel must comply with commercial safety requirements beyond recreational standards. Many of these illegal operators do not have the proper training, carry proper safety equipment, nor do their recreational boats meet the design/construction requirements of a commercial, passenger carrying vessel. These illegal operators try to stay under the radar of Police/OPP/RCMP/Transport Canada by:
  • hiding the name of their vessel by hanging items over the stern
  • not letting you know where they will have you board until just before the start of your charter.
  • pick you up at a public park (where docking is not permitted).
  • suggest to you that you are friends of the owner/operator out for a ride and not a paying customer.
  • allow you to drink alcohol while the boat is underway (illegal-same as a car) but tell you to hide your bottles etc.
  • insist on a cash transaction or part of it as a way of defrauding the internet listing company.
  • Make you sign a “Charter Agreement” just before you board without giving you details of the document beforehand.

    Over the last few years there have been a number of deaths and even more accidents resulting from these types of operators. Be safe and know who you are getting on a boat with. All licensed operators should willingly display their credentials, and most are members of the Passenger & Commercial Vessel Association (PCVA).

    Link to Global News Report on Charter Accidents

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Know before you Go!