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, now called the “Bart Roberts”.
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’s interior, now known as the Bart Roberts, interior.
CCGS Vancouver and CCGS Quadra
The old Ocean Station Papa weather ships when they were being 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.
CCGS Norman MacLeod Rogers
This vessel came around from the east coast in 1990. In 1994 she was put up for sale and was bought by Chile’s navy and served for over 20 years. Her decommissioning ceremony and other videos are here.
“Sometimes former Canadian Coast Guard Ships are sold off and undergo conversion to private yachts. The former CCGC Racer is now listed as Pacific Destiny. She was built in 1964 at Yarrows and served from 1964 to 1992. This former patrol vessel is 139.6 tonnes, 27.6 metres in length, with a beam of 6.1 metres. Pacific Destiny is moored along the North Arm of the Fraser River in Richmond, BC. This photo was taken on April 27, 2019” Ben Whiting.