Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Ocean Seeker - update

Pennecon Marine Base of Bay Bulls, NL acquired the former RCMP patrol vessel Murray in August. Renamed Ocean Seeker in September, it has been tied up the Cove in Dartmouth, but I did see it underway this morning.

Built by A.F.Theriault + Son Ltd in Meteghan River, NS in 2003, it is an aluminum hulled catamaran. Powered by two 1000 bhp Caterpillar engines through Arneson drives it had a cruising speed of 26 knots and a maximum speed of 36 knots.

The boat had been n cold layup at Shearwater  since November 2015 according to the GC Surplus site. Nevertheless, it fetched $524, 424 in the sale.

As the company name implies, the Pennecon Marine Base services various marine interests, but primarily offshore petroleum with docks and warehouses. Several small craft work form there, but it is not clear what role Ocean Seeker will perform.

Digging into the shoebox I turned up the following taken during Tall Ships 2009 when RCMP Murray was still in commission:


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