Haze Gray Photo Feature
Nadon / St. Roch II
Voyage of Rediscovery
On July 1st, 2000, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police patrol vessel
Nadon, having assumed the name St. Roch II, departed
Vancouver on a "Voyage of Rediscovery". Nadon's mission was to
circumnavigate North America via the Northwest Passage and the Panama
Canal, recreating the epic voyage of her predecessor, St. Roch.
The 22,000 mile Voyage of Rediscovery was intended to raise awareness
concerning St. Roch and kick-off the fundraising efforts neccessary
to ensure St. Roch's continued preservation. The voyage was
organized by the Vancouver Maritime Museum and supported by a variety of
corporate sponsors and agencies of the Canadian government.
Nadon is an aluminum, catamaran-hulled, high-speed patrol vessel.
To make the voyage possible, she was escorted and supported by the
Canadian Coast Guard icebreaker Simon Fraser. The Coast Guard
vessel was chartered by the Voyage of Rediscovery and crewed by
volunteers. Throughout the voyage, she provided a variety of necessary
services, including provisions and spares, fuel and water, helicopter
facilities, and ice escort; she also conducted oceanographic research
during the voyage.
The Voyage of Rediscovery was completed in five and a half months, with
Nadon arriving back at Vancouver on December 16, 2000. The voyage
schedule is available online, along with a journal of the voyage, in
two parts - Vancouver to
Halifax and Halifax to
These photos of Nadon were taken in January 2001, about a month
after completion of the Voyage of Rediscovery.
For more information, or to support the restoration of St. Roch,
visit the Voyage of Rediscovery
Nadon underway along the Fraser River in New Westminster, British Columbia.
A starboard-side view of Nadon underway.
A bow-on view of Nadon approaching the pier.
Nadon moored pierside.
Another view of Nadon at the pier.
A stern-on view of Nadon showing the stern-launched small boat.
In this view much of the navigation equipment installed for the Voyage of
Rediscovery has been removed, returning Nadon to a more typical
patrol boat configuration. Sgt. Ken Burton is at right.
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