Coast Guard has the power

Coast Guard vessel Cape Cockburn is the Shipping News boat of the week

CCGS Cape Cockburn is a welcome sight to mariners in distress.

The bilge is full, the decks are swamped and you’re going down fast, so who you gonna call?

If your maritime emergency is taking place anywhere in the Oceanside area, chances are you’ll be looking for a speedy visit by CCGS Cape Cockburn. They may or may not be able to fix what ails your boat, but they can certainly rescue anyone who needs it.

The 14.6-metre, 33.8-ton Canadian Coast Guard Cape-class motor lifeboat, which was commissioned in 2003, calls French Creek Harbour its home port and is the Shipping News boat of the week.

Propelled by two Caterpillar 3196 diesel engines, the Cape Cockburn can reach a speed of 25 knots and has a cruising range of 200 nautical miles. The self-righting design of the vessel allows it to withstand the most severe conditions at sea, allowing its four crew members to mount a rescue under the most challenging weather conditions.

Cape Cockburn was named after the cape located in the Malaspina Strait, 50 kilometres to the north of French Creek on the Sunshine Coast.

 

 

 

• Santa may not have any presents specifically earmarked for the local Navy League and Sea Cadets, but that’s just fine, says Padre Brian Kirby.

That’s because a number of other groups and organizations have stepped up to take his place.

Leading the armada of aid was the Parksville Qualicum Elks Lodge #589, which made a donation of $500 for both organizations.

As well, the Parksville, Qualicum Beach and Lantzville branches of the Royal Canadian Legion donated funds to the cadets.

“The Oceanside Navy League Branch is most appreciative of the generosity of all of these organizations in supporting our wonderful Cadets,” Kirby said.

 

 

 

• The ferry terminal at Duke Point will be out of commission for quite some time after the Coastal Inspiration slammed into the ferry terminal Tuesday.

BC Ferries spokespeople said the terminal could be out of service for several months, while the ship could be unavailable for as long as a month, because replacement parts have to come from Germany.

Two people were slightly injured in the crash, which remains under investigation.

To ensure service to Vancouver Island is disrupted as little as possible, service will be bumped up at Departure Bay.

 

Just Posted

Burning Thanksgiving question: Turkey or ham?

PQB notables also talk best side dishes

Jordie Lunn, world-renowned mountain biker from Parksville, dies in accident

The 36-year-old was with friends trail riding in Cabo San Lucas when the accident happened

Island man restores 1962 Qualicum Beach fire truck he bought for $1

Vintage vehicle in working order and ready to hit the road

VIDEO: Langley woman’s security camera records its own theft

Langley family discovers early morning grab was recorded

Canadian Snowbirds plane crashes before air show in Atlanta

Pilot lands safely after ejecting from jet

Map on Elections Canada website sends Nanaimo-Ladysmith voters to landfill

Address for polling station correct, but Google Map address differs

1/3 of Canadian men won’t share their feelings for fear of being ‘unmanly’: report

Fifty-nine per cent of men said society expects them to be ‘emotionally strong and not show weakness’

Share crash data, private insurers tell David Eby, ICBC

B.C. monopoly makes drivers retrieve their own records

B.C. VIEWS: Wolf kill, not backcountry bans, saving caribou

B.C.’s largest herds turn the corner from extinction

Pearson nets shootout winner as Canucks clip Flyers 3-2

Vancouver picks up second straight home win

BC Children’s Hospital launches 2 new virtual care sites bringing total to 19 across province

Provincial initiative allows pediatric patients to see health specialists through video

Most Read