At various times in her 56-year career in the Canadian Hydrographic Service, C.S.S.Acadia was known as “Canadian Scientific Ship” and “Canadian Survey Ship”. She is now a National Historic Site of Canada, berthed at the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic, in Halifax, Nova Scotia,Canada.
Launched in 1913, her career spanned both world wars, and she is the only surviving Canadian Navy ship to do so. Her long career involved oceanographic surveys all over the Arctic and along Canada’s thousands of miles of coastline. She was the first ship specifically designed to explore and chart the Canadian Arctic, and at times even acted as an icebreaker. She is a classic example of the Edwardian shipbuilding era, from her classic exterior lines to the interior mahogany and oak paneling and shining brasswork.
During her working life, she was fitted with many “firsts” in technology, including wireless telegraphy, gyro compass, echo sounders and electronic navigation systems. She was retired in 1969 after 56 years of service, and for the next 12 years was berthed at the Bedford Institute of Oceanography, across Halifax Harbour in the city of Dartmouth. In 1976 she was designated a National Historic Site, and in 1982 she was moved to where you see her in the photo, directly in front of the Museum, where she is a prime attraction along the waterfront promenade.
For a far more detailed and quite fascinating story of this grand old ship, take a few minutes to visit her story at the Museum’s site:
July 2010 Fuji S100FS camera.
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