CCGS Cape Dundas

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CCGC Cape Sutil at CCG Station Port Hardy.jpg
Sister ship CCGS Cape Sutil at Port Hardy
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Name: Cape Dundas
Namesake: Cape Dundas
Operator: Canadian Coast Guard
Port of registry: Ottawa, Ontario
Builder: Victoria Shipyards Limited, Victoria, BC
Yard number: 826714
Christened: 2004
Homeport: Canadian Coast Guard Sub-Station at Amherstburg, Ontario
Status: in active service
General characteristics
Class and type: Cape Class lifeboat
Type: SAR Lifeboat
Length: 14.6 m (47 ft 11 in)
Beam: 4.27 m (14 ft 0 in)
Draft: 1.37 m (4 ft 6 in)
Propulsion: 2 × diesel electric engines, 675 kW
Speed: 22 knots (41 km/h) cruise
Range: 200 nmi (370 km)
Endurance: 1 day
Complement: 4

The CCGS Cape Dundas is one of the Canadian Coast Guard's 36 Cape class motor life boat.[1] She was christened in 2005, at the Canadian Coast Guard Sub-Station at Amherstburg, Ontario. On May 7, 2006, the crew of the Cape Dundas was credited with discovering a large spill of toxic oil from General Chemicals of Amherstburg.[2]


Like all Cape-class motor lifeboats, Cape Dundas has a displacement of 20 short tons (18 t) and a total length of 47 feet 11 inches (14.61 m) and a beam length of 14 feet (4.3 m).[3] Constructed from marine-grade aluminium, it has a draught length of 4 feet 6 inches (1.37 m). It contains two computer-operated Detroit DDEC-III 6V-92TA diesel engines providing a combined 870 shaft horsepower. It has two 28 by 36 inches (710 mm × 910 mm) four-blade propellers, and its complement is four crew members and five passengers.[3]

The lifeboat has a maximum speed of 25 knots (46 km/h; 29 mph) and a cruising speed of 22 knots (25 mph). Cape-class lifeboats have fuel capacities of 400 US gallons (1,500 l; 330 imp gal) and ranges of 200 nautical miles (370 km; 230 mi) when cruising.[3] Cape Dundas is capable of operating at wind speeds of 50 knots (93 km/h; 58 mph) and wave heights of 30 feet (9.1 m). It can tow ships with displacements of up to 150 tonnes (170 short tons) and can withstand 60 knots (110 km/h; 69 mph) winds and 20 feet (6.1 m)-high breaking waves.[3]

Communication options include Raytheon 152 HF-SSB and Motorola Spectra 9000 VHF50W radios, and a Raytheon RAY 430 loudhailer system.[3] The boat also supports the Simrad TD-L1550 VHF-FM radio direction finder. Raytheon provides a number of other electronic systems for the lifeboat, including the RAYCHART 620, the ST 30 heading indicator and ST 50 depth indicator, the NAV 398 global positioning system, a RAYPILOT 650 autopilot system, and either the R41X AN or SPS-69 radar systems.[3]

Port Hardy Base[edit]

Other ships at the base with Clarks Harbour include:


  1. ^ Milliken Announces the Naming and Dedication of the Cape Hearne in Kingston Ontario. Fisheries and Oceans Canada. Archived here.
  2. ^ Fisheries and Oceans Canada 2 / 14. Archived here.
  3. ^ a b c d e f "Motor Life Boat 47-Foot MLB: International Affairs (CG-DCO-I)". United States Coast Guard, Department of Homeland Security. 1 July 2015. Retrieved 19 August 2015.