http://carlzboats.blogspot.ca/2012/07/uss-quillback-ss-424.html), the big black boat was one of many U.S. warships (and possibly Canadian, though I don't recall seeing any) that toured the Great Lakes for the first time due the opening of the St. Lawrence Seaway in 1959. I still recall the day like it was yesterday, passing through the many hatches, climbing steep ladders and seeing torpedoes for the first time other than on a John Wayne WWII movie at the show. It was a lot of fun just like when my boys and I checked out the KINGSTON on July 1st. Since both ships were to shove off soon to participate in a harbour sailpast which also included various tall ships that were in port for the harbour front festival, like the American topsail schooner PRIDE OF BALTIMORE, and two other replica boats that were sailing on the Great Lakes for the first time, the Spanish galleon EL GALEON ANDALUCIA and the Norwegian built Viking ship DRAKEN HARALD HARFAGRE, we were actually the last group to board the 181.5' Canadian warships. and due to time constraints, we were only able to tour the KINGSTON. That was Cool c):-))
Their armaments includes two M2 machines guns and a Bofors 40mm forward deck cannon which was removed during this tour as it is in the process of being replaced with a gun similar to what is used on Canadian Army light armoured vehicles (or LAV's).
Unlike the traditional propulsion systems that we see on lakers or salties and use of a rudder for steerage, the MCDV's are equipped with two Z-Drive azimuth thrusters that can rotate to any horizontal angle making a rudder unnecessary. Also, instead of using a ship's wheel to turn the vessel, each pod is controlled by "joystick-like" levers (below) which are used to control the direction of the vessel as well as its movement forward or astern. Oh YAAA!! c):-)
Meanwhile, after a port visit at Cobourg, HMCS GOOSE BAY conducted an "Open House" for the residents of Prescott and the United Counties of Leeds-Grenville during her weekend visit at the Port of Johnstown and from what I've seen from the photos posted on Facebook boat groups like The Prescott Anchor, the event was a "BOOMING" success!! c);-b
It is expected that later today when the KINGSTON arrives from her namesake, both of the MCDV's will commence their journey downbound to the Atlantic Ocean and then Halifax, their homeport. Perhaps I'll get to tour the frigate, HMCS MONTREAL (FFH 336) when she ventures up the St. Lawrence for her Great Lakes deployment later this fall. I can hardly wait!!! c):-D
|Tours over, HMCS GOOSE BSAY sits idle as Algoma tanker ALGOCANADA approaches the International Bridge at Johnstown.|
|ALGOSOO, SPRUCEGLEN and ALGOSTEEL's stern in the background.|