HMCS Cormorant (ASL 20)
|Builder:||Cantiere Navale Apuania, Marine-Carrara, Italy|
|Out of service:||1997|
|Notes:||Carried the Pisces IV submersible or the SDL-1 submersible.|
|Displacement:||2,350 tonnes (2,310 long tons)|
|Length:||74.68 m (245 ft)|
|Beam:||11.89 m (39 ft)|
|Draught:||5.18 m (17 ft)|
3 diesels @ 950 bhp (710 kW) each,
1 shaft, 2,100 shp (1,600 kW),
|Speed:||15 kn (28 km/h)|
|various search and wreck location sonars, sidescan|
The vessel was built as the Italian-owned stern trawler Aspa Quarto. She was purchased in 1975 and commissioned into Maritime Command, becoming the second Canadian naval unit to bear this name.
She was an integral part of the November, 1994 expedition to recover the ship's bell from the wreck of the S.S. Edmund Fitzgerald in Lake Superior.
The Cormorant was purchased at auction by Neil Hjelle in September 2009 to be refit and used for research in the Mediterranean and Middle East.
HMCS Comorant (781) was a Bird-class patrol vessel built by Birdland Boat Works. Midland, Ontario in 1956 and served until 1963. It was sold to a religious mission, but the ship never sailed to the final destination.
The ship's bell of HMCS Cormorant is currently on loan to a Navy League Cadet Corps in British Columbia. The Christening Bells Project at Canadian Forces Base Esquimalt Naval and Military Museum includes information from the ship's bell of HMCS Cormorant, which was used for baptism of babies onboard ship.
- http://www.navalandmilitarymuseum.org/resource_pages/bells/bells.asp Christening bells
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