Saturday, December 28, 2013

A. LeBlanc - getting ready

Halifax Shipyard is getting ready to launch the newest CCG Hero class patrol boat. Last week the shelter over the deck forward of the wheelhouse of A. LeBlanc was removed. A scheduled January 4, 2014 launch may still be in the cards. J.D. Irving moved their big prime mover Kenworth truck to Halifax just before Christmas, another sure sign of an imminent launch.

Meanwhile another shipyard landmark is soon to disappear.

Demolition of the Joiner Shop, Burning Shop and about half of the Plate shop and Module shop took place earlier the fall and now this Pipe Shop has lost its roof and most of its east wall from what I can see. It appears to be one of the older buildings in the yard.
According to Irving Shipbuilding Inc news releases, the remaining portions of the buildings will be demolished early in 2014 once inside work on the patrol vessels is completed, so all the buildings in this photo will be gone by spring. 

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