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The CSS Baffin was built by Canadian Vickers in 1956  as one of the most modern hydrographic survey vessels in the world. She was accepted by the Department of Mines and Technical Surveys on January 22nd, 1957. She was 90 meters (LOA) with a displacement of 4986 tonnes and carried a Lloyd's Ice Class I registration.  With a complement of 57 crew and accommodations for 29 scientific staff, she had an endurance of 76 days at a cruising speed of 10 kt.  Originally fitted with 6 launches, 2 helicopters, 2 landing barges, she served primarily along Canada's eastern seaboard and in the Canadian Arctic as well as numerous missions to other parts of the world.  She was decommissioned in1990.

(1958 notes): Launched 1957 - Gross tonnage: 3,460 - Length 272 ft - Total personnel 96 - Hydrographers 13

     1965 off Sable Island experienced engine room failure. Returned to Halifax shipyards for repairs which lasted remainder of survey season.

Year

HIC

Capt./Sai. Master

Location

Survey Type

1957

J.E.V. Goodwill

D.M.Snelgrove

Nova Scotia

Hydrographic

1958

Dí.A.H. Charles

W. Kettle

NS, & Baffin Isl

Various

1959     NS, off southeast coast Two-range Decca
1959    W. Kettle Hudson Strait Hydrographic
1959     Exeter Bay (Cape Dyer, Baffin Island) Inshore, Reconnaissance
1962     East of Halifax, NS Offshore
1962     Barrow Str, westward Arctc Offshore
1962     Duke of York Bay, Southhampton Isl, Arctic Reconnaissance
1962     Alexis River, Labrador Standard
1963 R. Wills Sable Island NS Control and Sounding

1963

R. Wills

Tail of the Bank

Off-Shore

1964

M. Bolton

W.N. Kettle

Caribbean

Foreign

1964

H.R. Blandford

P.M. Brick

Bay of Fundy

Multidiscipline

1965

F.L. DeGrasse

N.S. returned to Halifax for repair

Off-Shore (planned)

1966

S. van Dyck

W.N. Kettle

Antigua, West Indies

Training, Off-Shore

1966

T.B. Smith

Tail of the Bank

Off-Shore

1967

S. van Dyck

P.M. Brick

Antigua,West Indies Jamaica, West Indies

Training, Harbour

1967

F.L. DeGrasse

Grand Bank of NL

Off-Shore

1968

S. van Dyck

P.M. Brick

St. Kitts, Barbados, West Indies

Training, Harbour

1969

S. van Dyck

P.M. Brick

Grenadines, Redonda, West Indies

Training, Off-shore

1969 F.L. DeGrasse Gulf of St. Lawrence, eastern portion Off-shore, Hydrographic and Oceanographic
1969 F.L. DeGrasse Evaluation of Decca Lambda Positioning System Gulf of St. Lawrence (6 Oct - 29 Oct)
1969 F.L. DeGrasse Baie Des Chaleurs, N.B. Wharf plan

1970

S. van Dyck

P.M. Brick

Canouan, West Indies

Training

1970

T.B. Smith

Beaufort Sea, north of Tuktoyaktuk and Northwest Passage

Deep Draft Vessel route, shoal areas, gravity and magnetic readings

1970 T.B. Smith Prince of Wales Strait, area around Princess Royal Islands priority. 30 Aug - Sept 19 Standard, Shoal exams, Geophysical

1973

St. Lawrence River Estuary

Multidiscipline

1973 Sept Iles, Que Harbour
1973 Cape White Handkerchief, Labrador Reconnaissance and Control
1973 Lancaster Sound and Maxwell Bay, Arctic Hydrographic