CCGS Bartlett

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Canadian Coast Guard vessel moored in North Saanich, Vancouver Island, British Columbia.jpg
CCGS Bartlett moored in Patricia Bay.
NamesakeRobert Bartlett
OwnerGovernment of Canada
OperatorCanadian Coast Guard
Port of registryOttawa, Ontario
BuilderMarine Industries, Sorel
Yard number388
CommissionedDecember 1969
HomeportCCG Base Victoria (Pacific Region)
Statusin active service
General characteristics
Class and typeProvo Wallis-class buoy tender
Displacement1,620 long tons (1,650 t)
Length57.7 m (189 ft 4 in)
Beam13 m (42 ft 8 in)
Draught4.1 m (13 ft 5 in)
Installed power2,100 bhp (1,600 kW)
Propulsion2 × Mirrlees National KLSDM6 diesel engines
Speed12.5 knots (23.2 km/h)
Range3,300 nautical miles (6,112 km) at 11 knots (20 km/h)
Endurance21 days

CCGS Bartlett[note 1] is a Provo Wallis-class buoy tender in operation by the Canadian Coast Guard. The vessel entered service in 1969 and was modernized in 1988. In 1982, the ship commanded the recovery efforts following the Ocean Ranger sinking off the coast of Newfoundland. The vessel is assigned to the Pacific Region and is based at Victoria, British Columbia.

Design and description[edit]

Bartlett is a member of the Provo Wallis-class buoy tenders, and is tasked with monitoring navigational aids along the West Coast of Canada. Her twin vessel, CCGS Provo Wallis is now markedly different after undergoing a refit in 1990 that saw her hull lengthened by 6 metres (20 ft) as well as improved equipment and accommodation.[1] Bartlett is 57.7 m (189 ft 4 in) long overall with a beam of 13 m (42 ft 8 in) and a draught of 4.1 m (13 ft 5 in). The ship has a fully loaded displacement of 1,620 long tons (1,650 t) and has a gross register tonnage (GRT) of 1,317 and a 491 net tonnage (NT).[1][2]

The buoy tender is propelled by two controllable pitch propellers powered by two Mirrlees National KLSDM6 geared diesel engines creating 1,566 kW (2,100 hp). This gives Bartlett a maximum speed of 12.5 knots (23.2 km/h). The vessel can carry 213.10 m3 (46,880 imp gal) of diesel fuel and has a range of 3,300 nautical miles (6,112 km) at a cruising speed of 11 knots (20 km/h). The vessel is ice-strengthened and carries a complement of 24, with 9 officers and 15 crew. The vessel has 11 spare berths.[1][2]

Service history[edit]

The buoy tender was constructed by Marine Industries at their yard in Sorel, Quebec with the yard number 388. The vessel was completed in December 1969 and entered service with the Canadian Coast Guard.[1][3] Bartlett is named after Captain Robert Bartlett who made over 40 expeditions to the Arctic.[2] The vessel was initially assigned to serve in the Newfoundland and Great Lakes regions before transferring to the West Coast.[4] The vessel is currently based at Victoria, British Columbia.[2]

On 15 February 1982, the mobile offshore drilling unit Ocean Ranger capsized and sank in bad weather 165 miles (266 km) east of Newfoundland in the worst naval disaster in Canadian waters since World War II. Bartlett was among the vessels sent to the site and directed the surface search for the crew. Only debris, liferafts and the bodies of 22 of the 84 crew of Ocean Ranger were recovered.[5] Bartlett was modernized in 1988 at Halifax Shipyards, Halifax, Nova Scotia which saw new propulsion and navigation equipment installed.[1]

The ship underwent a $16.9 million vessel-life extension at the Allied Shipbuilders yard in North Vancouver in 2010. The refit extended the buoy tender's life by ten years, revamping the vessel's electric systems.[6] In October 2016, after the tugboat Nathan E. Stewart sank near Bella Bella, British Columbia and began to leak oil, John P. Tully and Bartlett were deployed to help contain the spill.[7]



  1. ^ CCGS stands for Canadian Coast Guard Ship


  1. ^ a b c d e Saunders 2004, p. 96.
  2. ^ a b c d "CCG Fleet: Vessel Details – CCGS Bartlett". Canadian Coast Guard. 4 February 2015. Archived from the original on 25 February 2018. Retrieved 25 February 2018.
  3. ^ "Bartlett (7006778)". Miramar Ship Index. Retrieved 27 December 2016.
  4. ^ Maginley & Collin 2001, p. 182.
  5. ^ Maginley 2003, pp. 146–148.
  6. ^ Bate, Dan (2010). "CCGS Bartlett gets a new $16.9M refit on Life" (PDF). Shorelines. Vol. 13, no. 1. Canadian Coast Guard. p. 10.
  7. ^ Hume, Mark (13 October 2016). "Tug's diesel spill a 'nightmare' for Heiltsuk Nation in British Columbia". The Globe and Mail. Archived from the original on 25 February 2018. Retrieved 25 February 2018.


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