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CCGS Earl Grey
Career (Canada) Coastguard Flag of Canada
Name: CCGS Earl Grey
Namesake: Albert Grey, 4th Earl Grey, Governor General of Canada
Owner: Government of Canada
Operator: Canadian Coast Guard
Port of registry: Ottawa, Ontario
Builder: Pictou Shipyards Limited, Pictou, Nova Scotia
Yard number: 807033
Launched: 1986
In service: 1986-present
Homeport: CCG Base at Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island (Maritime Region)
Identification: CG3029
Status: in active service, as of 2011
General characteristics [1]
Type: Light icebreaker/Buoy tender
Tonnage: 1,988 
643 NT
Length: 69.73 m (228 ft 9 in)
Beam: 13.7 m (44 ft 11 in)
Draft: 5.2 m (17 ft 1 in)
Ice class: Arctic class 2
Propulsion: 4 × Deutz SBV 9M628 9-cylinder geared diesel engines
2 × controllable pitch propellers
Speed: 15 knots (28 km/h; 17 mph) maximum
11 knots (20 km/h; 13 mph) cruise
Range: 18,000 nmi (33,000 km) at 11 kn (20 km/h; 13 mph)
Endurance: 58 days
Boats & landing
craft carried:
  • RHI Zodiac (Crane)
  • SP Barge (Crane)
  • Workboat (Davits)
Complement: 22

CCGS Earl Grey is a Medium-endurance Multi-tasked Vessel in the Canadian Coast Guard.[2][3] She serves a variety of roles, including light ice-breaking and buoy tending, as well as being strengthened for navigation in ice to perform tasking along the shores off Prince Edward Island. Eary Grey was built in 1986 in nearby Pictou, Nova Scotia.

Like her sister ship, the CCGS Samuel Risley, she carries a large and powerful crane on her long low afterdeck for manipulating buoys.[2][3]

Career[edit | edit source]

Since her commissioning in 1986, CCGS Earl Grey has served a number of roles in CCG's Maritime Region,[2][3] most notably in fall 1998 while assisting in the recovery of wreckage from the crash of Swissair Flight 111.[2]

On March 21, 2001 CCGS Earl Grey, CCGC Sambro, CFAV Firebird, HMCS Moncton, HMCS Goose Bay, CCGS Sir William Alexander and the commercial ocean going salvage tug Ryan Leet all tried to render assistance to the container ship Kitano which had caught fire off Chebucto Head.[4][5]

In the 2009 budget for the Department of Fisheries and Oceans, the Canadian Coast Guard, requested funds to refit the Earl Grey and some of CCG's other large vessels.[6]

Predecessor[edit | edit source]

The first Earl Grey, sold to Russia in 1914.

In 1909 the Government of Canada ordered an icebreaking passenger steamship for service in the Northumberland Strait to connect the ports of Charlottetown and Georgetown on Prince Edward Island with the mainland port of Pictou. She was commissioned in 1910 by then Governor General, Albert Grey as the CGS Earl Grey (Canadian Government Ship Earl Grey). She was sold in 1914 to Imperial Russia, an ally during World War I. The ship, christened Canada and later Fyodor Litke, operated in the Arctic until 1958.[7]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. "Canadian Coast Guard : CCGS Earl Grey". ccg-gcc.gc.ca. http://www.ccg-gcc.gc.ca/eng/Fleet/Vessels?id=1115. Retrieved 13 September 2010. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 "SR Flight 111 - AerodromeWreckage Recovery". Transportation Safety Board of Canada. Archived from the original on 2009-09-13. http://www.webcitation.org/query?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.tsb.gc.ca%2Feng%2Fmedias-media%2Fphotos%2Faviation%2FA98H0003%2Fwk%2Frec%2Frecov7.asp&date=2009-09-13. 
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 "CCGS Earl Grey". Canadian Coast Guard. 2008-03-31. Archived from the original on 2009-09-13. http://www.webcitation.org/query?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.ccg-gcc.gc.ca%2Feng%2FFleet%2FVessel_pdf%3Fid%3D1115%26no_build%3D1&date=2009-09-13. 
  4. "Marine Investigation Report, Container Fire, Container Vessel Kitano, Off Chebucto Head, Nova Scotia, 22 March 2001". Transportation Safety Board of Canada. 28 January 2003. Archived from the original on 2005-11-08. http://web.archive.org/web/20051108155520/http://www.tsb.gc.ca/en/reports/marine/2001/m01m0017/m01m0017.pdf. Retrieved 2008-02-13. "The three SAR aircraft were forced to return to their base to await improved weather conditions, the CFAV Firebird could only proceed as far as Maughers Beach while the CCGS Earl Grey and the CCGC Sambro were forced to heave to and monitor the situation." 
  5. "Marine Investigation Report, Container Fire, Container Vessel Kitano, Off Chebucto Head, Nova Scotia, 22 March 2001: Summary". Transportation Safety Board of Canada. 28 January 2003. http://www.tsb.gc.ca/en/reports/marine/2001/m01m0017/m01m0017_sec1.asp. Retrieved 2008-02-13. "The wind and sea conditions stopped the fire tug CFAV Firebird from proceeding beyond the middle harbour and prevented the other surface SAR vessels from getting alongside the vessel for any length of time to assist." 
  6. "Canadian Coast Guard Ship Earl Grey - Refit". Canadian Coast Guard. 2009. Archived from the original on 2009-09-13. http://www.webcitation.org/query?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.plandaction.gc.ca%2Finitiatives%2Feng%2Findex.asp%3Fmode%3D8%26imode%3D7%26initiativeid%3D21%26id%3D1470&date=2009-09-13. Retrieved 2009-08-02. 
  7. "Ships of the CCG 1850-1967". Canadian Coast Guard. 2008-03-31. Archived from the original on 2009-09-13. http://www.webcitation.org/query?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.ccg-gcc.gc.ca%2Feng%2FCCG%2FUSQUE_Ship_Details&date=2009-09-13. 

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