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Martha L. Black (C.C.G.S.)

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Registry #1 806313 Registry #2 Registry #3
IMO# 8320432 MMSI# VRN#
Name 1 1986 Martha L. Black (C.C.G.S.) Name 5
Name 2 Name 6
Name 3 Name 7
Name 4 Name 8
Year Built 1986 Place North Vancouver Area BC Country Canada
Designer (nk) Measurement (imp) 257' x 53.1' x 25.4'
Builder Versatile Pacific Shipyards Inc. Measurement (metric) 78.39m x 16.18m x 6.49m
Hull Steel Displacement
Gross Tonnage 3818.06 Type 1 Icebreaker, Arctic Class II (Major Navaids Tender)
Registered Tonnage 1529.43 Type 2
Engine Three 16-cylinder diesel-electric ALCO 7000 engines (1986) Engine Manufacture Bombardier-Alco
Repower Propulsion Twin Screw
Rebuilds Call Sign CGCC
Pendant  # Masters Captain Robert J. Mellis (1988);
In 1986-2004 she was owned by Minister of Transport, Ottawa ON in service with the Canadian Coast Guard, Victoria BC. In 2004-2016 she was owned by The Minister of Fisheries and Oceans, Ottawa ON.
Fate Afloat in 2016 Date
Named Features
Significance of Name Martha L. Blackwas an , American-born Yukon MP, 2nd woman to serve as Member of Parliament.
She made her maiden Arctic voyage in 1986. The George Pearkes (CCGS) and the Martha Black are sister-ships which alternate every other year in Western Arctic service, both classified as Light Icebreaker-Navaids Tenders commissioned in 1986. She was built in Vancouver BC and based at Victoria BC they act as aids to navigation tenders on the Pacific coast in the interval year. In 1988 her Master, Captain R. Mellis, made an East to West Transit of the Northwesdt Passage. In 2004 she was based at Quebec QC.
Canada List of Shipping; MacFarlane, J.M. (1992) Northwest Passage Challengers. In Resolution. Spring Issue. Maritime Museum of British Columbia; Canada List of Shipping;;
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