Former Mountie Appreciates Book

Escorted St Roch II on Icebreaker Simon Fraser

I am a former member of the B.C. RCMP Marine Services and have waited a very long time for someone to write the history of the RCMP Marine Services. I also served as 2nd officer (volunteer) on the Canadian Coast Guard icebreaker ‘Simon Fraser’ escorting the RCMP Patrol Vessel ‘Nadon’ during the voyage of the RCMP St. Rock “Voyage of Rediscovery”. The ‘Simon Fraser’ was fully manned with a complement of volunteers who served as Master, Officers and Crew. Our 2nd engineer on the icebreaker was a former crew member of the original RCMP Vessel ST. ROCH. He was familiar with many of the western arctic settlements. The ‘Simon Fraser’ was originally built & commissioned at Burrard Shipyard, North Vancouver. The vessel served as a lighthouse and buoy tender on the West Coast including re-supply work in the Western Arctic. Later she was transferred to the East Coast.
Capt. John (Jack) Bragg (Rtd).

Former RCMP Vessels Turn Up

Now in Recreational Use

My husband and I own the “Battleford”. I am also in contact with the owner of the “Slideout”. We are searching for pictures and history. The vessels are in Cowichan Valley. It (Battleford) was previously in Ladysmith where she was docked for three years. We hauled her to our house, serviced the engines and gave her a bottom paint. Doing some research I found the Slideout was in nearby Maple Bay. We made contact and the owner came out to watch us launch Battleford last week.

The Battleford is at Cherry Point marina. The Slideout is on a private dock across from the gas dock at Maple Bay. I find it weird they were so close for so long and never knew the other existed!

Submitted By: Linda McCulloch

Book Presentation to Prince Charles & Camilla

During their Royal Visit to Toronto in May

During their Royal visit to Toronto in May, Prince Charles and Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, were presented with a copy of the recently published History of the RCMP Marine Services, by Commanding Officer “O” Division Assistant Commissioner Stephen White. The visit was part of the celebrations of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.

 

The History of the RCMP Marine Services

Just released from Pacific Marine Publishing

The History of the RCMP Marine Services, is available at The Mountie Store, marine stores and book stores. For convenience of those unable to easily get to one of these outlets the book may be purchased through The Bookshelf on this site.

This book has been published in Canada by Pacific Marine Publishing. It contains histories of the various marine divisions and services and is heavily illustrated with photographs of the vessels that served in them. It includes information about uniforms and ranks. A feature of the book is an account of the Voyage of Rediscovery in the year 2000 when the patrol vessel St Roch II (PV Nadon) circumnavigated North America.

Pacific Marine’s popular titles encompass a series of cruising guides for recreational boaters on the west coast. They offer information and advice on places to anchor, marinas and services and on waterways and routes to get to popular destinations. All of Pacific Marine’s books are heavily illustrated. The marine guides include numerous aerial views of the coast.

Boating in the Pacific Northwest

Protected waterways make the Pacific Northwest one of the best destinations

From Olympia, the capital city of Washington State, to the southern tip of the Alaskan panhandle, thousands of recreational boaters take to the waters of the Pacific Northwest every summer. Some are veterans at cruising through the sheltered waters of the San Juan and Gulf Islands, Desolation Sound, the Broughton Islands and the North Coast. Perhaps they have also taken in Haida Gwaii or ventured into Alaska. Some are novices learning for the first time about their boats and the channels, open waters, tidal passages and delightful histories of the places they will visit and the people they will encounter.

For all of these mariners there is constant fascination with the beauty of the waterways, the tall mountains looming over coastal villages, and the remnants of a bygone era. As they move from one island to the next, from one anchorage to another, they encounter fellow mariners intent on similar odysseys. They see first hand the magnificent waterfalls, inlets, marine life, waterfowl and animals of a land that has changed little since the arrival of the first explorers and settlers. They meet people of the First Nations and get to share in their culture through heritage activities, displays and structures.

All too soon summer and the cruising season fade into autumn. But the fervent mariners will make their way home filled with memories of joyful times, new experiences, new found destinations and a host of newly formed acquaintances.

It is not possible to cover the entire area in one season and for those who explored the coast with care and caution, the urge to return will haunt them through the winter until they are on their boats and underway the following year.