New CLI Patrol Boat In Service

Performs Rescue Just 2 Hours After Delivery

A new Tyne Class Search and Rescue vessel is now in operation on the Fraser River. It arrived from Britain by freighter and within 2 hours of being off-loaded, conducted its first rescue call. CLI Captain, John Horton, who knows the river and its waterways very well, said a small boat required assistance as it was anchored in the shallows of the river after having engine trouble. With the CLI’s vessel’s shallow draft, it was easily able to access the boat and tow it to Steveston Harbour. The new Search and Rescue craft, named Fraser Lifeboat, is powered by twin diesel engines and has self-righting capabilities. The boat will be used extensively on the river and beyond for patrol during fishery openings and search and rescue missions.

Marina Raises the Bar

Marina at Ladysmith is Helping Put the Town More on the Map

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The Ladysmith Maritime Society has taken on an entirely new facade with the installation of their new floating office and meeting place. The structure was added to the docks in time for summer 2012 and offers casual meeting space downstairs with a more formal upstairs gathering place. The structure houses a small kitchen and offers light snacks and occasional meals and it provides showers and washrooms for mooring customers. The long main dock accommodates numbers of overnight visitors and a harbour master is on duty and constantly available to assist visiting mariners. Mark Mercer has been at the job many years and is well experienced at handling the needs of visitors. He says “No matter how busy we get, we are always available to our customers.” Weekends see the presence of part time manager Paul Notte and his wife running the show. A barbecue patio on the west side of the office provides a place for groups to gather and dine. Several buildings house museum paraphernalia reflecting the history of the society, the harbour and the town of Ladysmith. Cross the road at the landing overlooking the marina and venture over old railway lines, past the old logging and train building and cross the Island Highway to pay a visit to the town. This quaint place is in the process of being improved as a colourful and historic stop, with a popular bakery, art shops and restaurants. A bus stops at the marina and carries passengers into town and back every day. Executive Director, Tom Irwin, (tomirwin@ladysmithmaritimesociety.ca) welcomes input from mariners.