New CLI Patrol Boat In Service

Performs Rescue Just 2 Hours After Delivery

CLI BoatA 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.

Western Mariner Book Review

For The History of the RCMP Marine Services Book

WesternMarinerA fantastic album filled with historic photos of RCMP vessels, dating from the force’s beginnings to the turn of the twenty-first century. There is solid information on the Marine Section throughout the pages, but the outstanding feature of this book is the visual record of the wide variety of craft the RCMP has used over the years. Editor and layout designer, Peter Vassilopoulos, has done an excellent job of sectioning the book and giving each boat photo adequate space while using spare text to give meaning and context to the vessels. The book closes with a through account of the NADON / ST ROCH II Voyage of Rediscovery in 2000 that saw the modern day aluminum catamaran patrol vessel NADON retrace the ST ROCH’s record-setting transits of the Northwest Passage 1940-42 and 1944 and first ever circumnavigation of North America completed in 1950.
The unusually broad range of vessels in this book spans everything from canoes and rumrunners (confiscated, of course), to decommissioned navy vessels (following WWII) and the purpose-built vessels of today, and will appeal to those interested in the RCMP Marine Section and its allied Canadian police and military forces, as well as to those interested in historic Canadian ships and boats.
Royalties from the book are donated by the estate of the author, at his request, to the RCMP Foundation to support the voluntary efforts of RCMP members across Canada to develop local community programs in support of child safety, drug awareness, crime prevention, literacy, internet safety, anti-bullying, victim assistance programs and many other initiatives.

New Anchorages Available

Updated and Expanded New Edition!

The latest edition of Anchorages and Marine Parks offers an additional section on Haida Gwaii as well as many new and updated photographs and details about parks and anchorages. The book is now available. Look for it at the Seattle Boat Show and at the Vancouver Boat Show.
This book is now available as an eBook. Click on ‘Our Books’ and add it to the cart to check out the eBook.
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Useful Book

Guide ANCHORAGES is helpful

We have been sailing our 36 ft Catalina in the San Juan Is, Canadian Gulf Island for 25 years and just returned from a month in Desolation Sound BC. We have used numerous books and charts and wanted to get a better guide. I found “Anchorages and Marine Parks” to be the best on board. The pictures, chart numbers, waypoints and the small and large area charts were extremely helpful. The books format almost gives the skipper a 3 dimensional perspective of passages and harbors. The information and the way the book flowed and the details that were provided de-stressed our journey and gave us more confidence in our passages to new and old locations.
The added bonus was to meet the author and his wife on a trail on Wallace Island August 2012.
Mark & Claudia Cerenzie
Acquisition III

Salutation to Author

Spears' Review in Praise of Book


As a family member of the author of the new book The History of the RCMP Marine Services, I am very pleased and proud of Kenn’s work and dedication on the project. Joe Spears’ review of the book in BC Shipping News magazine has done great justice to Kenn’s work. The photograph that was included with the review of Kenn in his Zodiac shows the real Kenn and that smile of his was ever present whenever he spoke of the RCMP, the Marine Services and also of his Captain and long time friend, Inspector Ken Burton.
—Keith Griffith.