Thursday, October 18, 2012

What's in a Name? Vector

When we're in the Powell River condo, we keep our eyes on the Strait of Georgia.  From our waterfront location, it's almost our front yard.  Last week we saw a red boat heading our way.  As it got closer, it was evidently a Canadian Coast Guard ship.

Her name's Vector, is registered in Ottawa, but has the home port of Patricia Bay in BC. She's a mid-shore science vessel that does hydrographic surveys along the Canadian pacific coast.

It was approaching dark. First she launched her Zodiac to investigate our wharf. After retrieving her inflatable, she approached from the south (with the prevailing wind), and snugged right up against the pier.  Here she spent the night, but was gone by morning.

The Vector is a steel hulled vessel built in 1967 by Yarrows, Ltd., in Victoria. She's 39.7 metres (130 feet) in length and 9.5 metres (31 feet) in width.   Cruising at 10 knots, she has a range of 3500 nautical miles and 16 days for her crew of 13. As you can see, she has a powerful crane to launch her Zodiac tender and other scientific instruments. -- Margy


  1. We see her fairly regularly Margy, in fact my AIS internet site says she's on the far side of Harwood as I type. Always nice to that red out on the water.

  2. I like to see the red on the water too, especially when help is needed. Thanks for the info about her local work.- Margy

  3. I love ships that have decks at different levels, lots of stairs etc they look fascinating. I would love to have a wander round this ship xxx


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