CCGS Gordon Reid

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NameGordon Reid
NamesakeGordon Reid
OperatorCanadian Coast Guard
Port of registryOttawa, Ontario
BuilderVersatile Pacific Shipyards, Vancouver
Yard number557
CompletedDecember 1991
CommissionedOctober 1990
In service1990–present
HomeportCCG Base Patricia Bay, Sidney, British Columbia
StatusShip in active service
General characteristics
TypeFisheries patrol vessel
Length50 m (164 ft 1 in)
Beam11 m (36 ft 1 in)
Draught5.4 m (17 ft 9 in)
  • 4 × Deutz 628
  • 3,580 kW (4,800 hp)
Speed16.5 knots (30.6 km/h; 19.0 mph)
Range2,500 nmi (4,600 km; 2,900 mi) at 12 knots (22 km/h; 14 mph)
Endurance28 days

CCGS Gordon Reid[note 1] is a offshore fisheries patrol vessel of the Canadian Coast Guard. The vessel entered service in 1990 on the West Coast of Canada and is still in active service. In 2014, Gordon Reid responded to the distress signal of MV Simushur which had lost engine power off the coast of Haida Gwaii in British Columbia.

Design and description[edit]

Gordon Reid is 50 m (164 ft 1 in) long overall with a beam of 11 m (36 ft 1 in) and a draught of 5.4 m (17 ft 9 in). The vessel has a 879 gross tonnage (GT) and a 257 net tonnage (NT). The ship is powered by four Deutz 628 geared diesel engines driving two controllable pitch propellers and bow thrusters creating 3,580 kW (4,800 hp). The vessel is also equipped with one Mitsubishi 6D14T emergency generator. This gives the ship a maximum speed of 16.5 knots (30.6 km/h). Gordon Reid carries 148.20 m3 (32,600 imp gal) of diesel fuel, has a range of 2,500 nautical miles (4,600 km) at 12 knots (22 km/h) and can stay at sea for up to 28 days. The patrol vessel has a complement of 14 composed of 6 officers and 8 crew and has 8 spare berths.[1][2]

Service history[edit]

The vessel was constructed by Versatile Pacific Shipyards at their yard in Vancouver, British Columbia with the yard number 557.[3] The ship entered service with the Canadian Coast Guard in October 1990 but was not completed until December 1991.[3][4] Named for Gordon Reid, a British Columbian who was famous along the British Columbia Coast for his knowledge of the area, the ship is registered in Ottawa, Ontario but homeported at the Coast Guard base at Victoria, British Columbia.[1][5]

Ordered by the Canadian Coast Guard to replace the older R-class cutters in the Western Region, Gordon Reid is used for fisheries patrol and search and rescue.[2][6] In October 2014 the Russian container ship MV Simushur lost the use of its engines near environmentally sensitive Haida Gwaii.[7][8] Gordon Reid was the first vessel to try to tow the disabled vessel to keep the container ship from running aground. However, Gordon Reid's own engines were not powerful enough. The American ocean-going tugboat Barbara Foss was dispatched from nearby Prince Rupert, British Columbia to tow the disabled Russian vessel.[9][10] In November 2015, the American-flagged cargo ship North Star lost power while transiting from Anchorage, Alaska to Tacoma, Washington. Gordon Reid was deployed to aid the ship, but North Star managed to get her engines going again and arrived in port without assistance.[11] In October 2020, Gordon Reid rescued two people from the sailboat Second Star after it lost steering in the Pacific Ocean.[12]

See also[edit]



  1. ^ CCGS stands for Canadian Coast Guard Ship


  1. ^ a b "CCG Fleet: Vessel Details – CCGS Gordon Reid". Canadian Coast Guard. 4 February 2015. Archived from the original on 26 February 2018. Retrieved 25 February 2018.
  2. ^ a b Maginley & Collin 2001, p. 209.
  3. ^ a b "Gordon Reid (8818568)". Miramar Ship Index. Retrieved 1 January 2017.
  4. ^ Saunders 2004, p. 99.
  5. ^ Maginley 2003, p. 258.
  6. ^ Maginley 2003, p. 68.
  7. ^ McCoy, Sarah (23 December 2014). "Oil Spill Response: USCG, CCG & Foss Team". Marine Link. Archived from the original on 27 December 2014. By 1830 hours, the 164-foot CCG patrol ship Gordon Reid had arrived and managed to get the freighter under tow. Even then, the operation moved by fits and starts. Though the seas had calmed somewhat, the tow line broke three times. Nevertheless, the stricken vessel was towed westward at 1.5 knots, and by Saturday, the ship had moved about 25 miles away from shore.
  8. ^ "The Simushir incident – What vessels are required for the Canadian Coast Guard (CCG) in order to protect the BC Coastal Environment?". Canadian American Strategic Review. October 2014. Archived from the original on 10 January 2015. Unfortunately, a modestly-powered, 50 m long Mid-Shore Patrol Vessel like the CCGS Gordon Reid had no realistic chance of towing the 9,400 tonne M/V Simushir completely out of danger. And help was still a long way off.
  9. ^ "Simushir, fuel-laden Russian cargo ship, under tow off Haida Gwaii". CBC News. 17 October 2014. Archived from the original on 26 February 2018. Retrieved 25 February 2018.
  10. ^ Cheadle, Bruce (20 October 2014). "Simushir kept afloat by 'blind luck,' federal opposition argues". CBC News. The Canadian Press. Archived from the original on 26 February 2018. Retrieved 25 February 2018.
  11. ^ Brogan, Beth (26 November 2015). "El Faro sister ship North Star loses power, drifts for hours". Bangor Daily News. Archived from the original on 26 February 2018. Retrieved 25 February 2018.
  12. ^ Ducklow, Zoe (21 October 2020). "Coast Guard towed rudderless sailors to Port Hardy hours before a powerful storm". Vancouver Island Free Daily. Archived from the original on 1 November 2020. Retrieved 5 April 2021.


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  • Maginley, Charles D. & Collin, Bernard (2001). The Ships of Canada's Marine Services. St. Catharines, Ontario: Vanwell Publishing Limited. ISBN 1-55125-070-5.
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