Wednesday, May 22, 2013

WG Magellan - starts deployment

1. WG Coook and WG Magellan at pier 28, last evening, preparing to go to sea.WG Magellan has her paravanes rigged and ready to deploy.

The first of the seismic boats to leave Halifax, WG Magellan sailed this evening in company with the two Canadian ships Strait Explorer and Strait Signet. WG Cook attempted to leave, but cancelled.
Riverton, Ocean Odyssey and Geco Tau so far remain in port.

2. Strait Signet at the government wharf in Port Hawksbury last April.

Strait Signet has an interesting history. Built by Saint John Shipbuilding + Dry Dock Ltd (hull number 1089) in 1967,  she was originally a fishing trawler, named Scotia Port. One of four boats built for Superior Sea Products in Yarmouth, only one remains as a fishing boat.
Scotia Point was renamed Senator Don in 1982 and Tenacity I in 1986. It is owned by Clearwater.
Scotia Bay and Scotia Cape were sold to the west coast. Bay went first in 1976 and was lost in 1979. The same owners then bought Cape and it was lost without trace, taking the owners with in it 1998.
Scotia Port took an entirely different course, and was sold to Raytheon in Newport, RI. They rebuilt her as the research vessel Sub Sig II. It returned to Canada in 2002 when Superport Marine Marine Services bought her and she became Strait Signet and was further modifiedfor their use.

3. Strait Explorer fitting out at Siuperport's yard, last April.

Strait Explorer is also a former fishing vessel. Built in 1982 by Dorbyl Marine (Pty) Ltd in Durban, South Africa, is was Fisheries Products Ltd's Pennysmart until Superport rebuilt it for research work.

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