The Canadian Coast Guard today says goodbye to a legendary research vessel and seeks a replacement to carry out the science projects the vessel has hosted for the past six decades.
The Hudson, built in Saint John, New Brunswick by Irving’s Saint John Shipbuilding, was constructed of ice-hardened steel and has been used for oceanographic surveys since 1963.
Past and present crew members, scientists and employees gather at the Bedford Institute of Oceanography in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia to mark the ship’s recent decommissioning.
The Coast Guard said it is working with the federal Department of Fisheries to move the Hudson’s science program to other government vessels and also plans to charter private vessels for research.
Work on the offshore oceanographic vessel that will replace the Hudson has been delayed, with Ottawa now indicating it should be completed in 2025.
The Hudson was the first ship to circumnavigate North and South America, a voyage known as the “Hudson 70 Expedition”, requiring almost a full year, beginning in 1969 and ending in October 1970.
In March 1976, the Hudson rescued the entire crew of the fisheries patrol vessel Cape Freels, which caught fire and was marooned on the Grand Banks of Newfoundland and Labrador.
This report from The Canadian Press was first published on July 7, 2022.