This page is dedicated to the retired vessels of the west coast fleet. Some have retired gracefully and others have met a more sorry end.
C.C.G.S. Sir James Douglas
Offered for sale in October 2020 by Pacific Boat Brokers, asking $88K. Appears to have been used as floating accommodation. Needs to be towed.
The hydrographic vessel “Parizeau” was based out of Victoria. She worked the coast and in 1972 did a summer in the Arctic. She also did Ocean Station Duties when the CCGS Vancouver was on an international scientific trip off the west coast of Africa. After being sold she was put under arrest (in Spain?) for drug smuggling. Arrest photo at left.
The Narwal worked both the east and west coasts. She was sold and converted to a packet cruise ship. Those who sailed on the old Narwhal would have to remove their boots before setting foot on the refitted and refurbished ship.
The ‘dieselduck’ web site has an article on her, showing before and after conversion here.
Also look here to see a YouTube video of the Narwhal, now known as the Bart Roberts, interior.
The old Vancouver and Quadra stored in San Diego. They sat there for a number of years before being towed to the breakers in the Orient. One of them sank mid Pacific. I’ve got a photo of the vessel at the breaker’s yard somewhere.