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.
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