CCGS Matthew

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Name: Matthew
Namesake: Matthew
Port of registry: Ottawa, Ontario
Builder: Versatile Pacific Shipyards Ltd.
Commissioned: 1990
Decommissioned: 2016
Refit: 2009-2010
Homeport: CCG Base Dartmouth, Nova Scotia - Maritimes Region
Identification: IMO 8806010
Status: decommissioned
General characteristics
Type: Hydrographical Survey Vessel
Displacement: 857 tonnes (944.68 short tons)
Length: 50.3 m (165 ft)
Beam: 10.5 m (34 ft)
Draft: 4.3 m (14 ft)
Decks: 4
Installed power: 1 350
Propulsion: 2xGeared Diesel
Speed: 12 knots (22 km/h; 14 mph)
Range: 4,000 nautical miles (7,400 km; 4,600 mi)
Endurance: 20 days
Boats & landing
craft carried:
Complement: 14; 6 officers, 8 crew
Sensors and
processing systems:
communications, navigation, scientific
Aviation facilities: helicopter platform

The CCGS Matthew was a Canadian Coast Guard mid-shore scientific & Survey vessel[1] based in Dartmouth, NS. She was operated within the Canadian Coast Guard Maritimes region. She was primarily used to carry out hydrographic survey work primarily for the production of nautical charting products on the East and West Coast, but could also be used for stock assessment using sonar. She was named for John Cabot's ship Matthew from his second voyage to North America.[2] This was the result of a public high school naming competition.[3] CCGS Matthew frequently operated in co-operation with the Bedford Institute of Oceanography and the Canadian Hydrographic Service. Built in a British Columbia shipyard, Matthew was delivered in an overall white paint scheme. She was transferred to the east coast in 1991, and acquired her Coast Guard red and white paint in 1997.[4]
There was some participation in the mapping of Placentia Bay, NF in co-operation with Natural Resources Canada and the Canadian Hydrographic Service in April 2004.[5] In 2007, the ship was playing an important role in mapping the floor of the Bay of Fundy, particularly along the Nova Scotia coast. Matthew has minimal ice strengthening in its forward hull, and no strengthening of its rudders, shafting and propellers for operation in ice-covered waters.[6]


During 2005 the vessel was equipped with an advanced, multi-beam echo-sounder. The transducers for this equipment are housed in a centerline pod which extends 1.0 meter below the keel.[7] Suggested alterations to sonar were met with a lack of enthusiasm. Nonetheless, subsequent missions were able to be conducted with only minor delays, none of which were related to the new sonars.[8] As a part of Canada's Economic Action Plan in 2009-2010, Matthew underwent a refit in Quebec City costing over $105,000 involving systems replacement, crane replacement, and reliability improvements.[9][10] In May 2011 Matthew received a short refit.[11]


Matthew was decommissioned in 2016 and was put up for auction.[12]


  1. ^ "CCGS Matthew". Canadian Coast Guard. 2012-08-02. 
  2. ^ "The Ships of Canada's Marine Services", Maginley & Collins, Vanwell Publishing, St. Catherines, 2001
  3. ^ Bedford Institute of Oceanography
  4. ^ CCGS Matthew at Shipfax
  5. ^ Mapping Placentia Bay, NF
  6. ^ Ice operation ability
  7. ^ refit tender notice of 2005 refit details
  8. ^ Hydrographic sonar updates
  9. ^ information from
  10. ^ refit tender
  11. ^ May 2011 refit tender
  12. ^ "GC Surplus listing for CCGS Matthew". GC Surplus. Retrieved 11 July 2016. 

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