Looking back over the CCG it has seen many changes, and as 1984 is the feature year for Shipfax, here is a look at what was happening thirty years ago.
The Coast Guard's Search and Rescue ships were painted in a distinctive scheme, which didn't last long! The scheme included the smaller inshore boats as well as the mid-shore and deep sea rescue vessels:
With new ships ordered for buoy work and light icebreaking the older units were enjoying their last years of service.
Renamed 902 It was sold in 1990 to Quebec owners involved in selling old fishing vessels to South America. Its activities have been somewaht vague since then, but in 1990 it became Viviane II for Balladier Shipping of Panama City, Panama and is still in existence according to Lloyds.
Thomas Carleton was one of series of similar ice strengthened buoy tenders. Built by Saint John Dry Dock in 1960, for service in the Bay of Fundy. It is seen above riding heard on spectator craft during the 1984 Tall Ships Parade in Halifax. It was powered by durable Fairbanks Morse diesels.
It served until 1991 when it was renamed 1003. Breifly renamed Aurora Explorer (the name was never painted on the ship's hull). It became the Sea Shepherd Society's Cleveland Amory in 1993 and achieved notoriety when it cut the trawl lines of the Spanish fishing vessel Rio Las Casas on the Grand Banks. However it suffered and engine failiure, was towed into St.John's, seized and sold at auction. The new owners renamed it Hawkeye Express and it reached Willemstad, Curaçao where it was arrested again for wage claims.It is believed to have been scrapped, and was dropped from Lloyds in 2002.
Some of the Navaids ships were still steamers:
My favourite steamer was:
The prototype for the 1950s era ice strengthened ships of various sizes, she served until 1986 when she was replaced by a new ship of the same name. Renamed Edward to avoid a conflict, she was finally sold in 1987 and towed to Coburg, ON. Her future as night club or inn came to naught and in 1993 she was towed to Port Maitland, ON and broken up.
The icebreaking fleet was hard at work, with three ships based in Halifax, Labrador, John A. Macdonald and Louis S. St-Laurent. More of that in Part 2.