The Vakta

Larry Trupp

Winnipeg, Canada

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This ship was captured in the harbour, on Lake Winnipeg, at Gimli, Manitoba, Canada….NOTE: Lake Winnipeg is a large (24,514 square kilometers (9,465 sq mi)) lake in central North America, in the province of Manitoba, Canada, about 55 kilometres (34 mi) north of the city of Winnipeg. It is the largest lake within the borders of southern Canada, and it is part of the most undeveloped and pristine large watershed of southern Canada.

Lake Winnipeg is the sixth-largest freshwater lake in Canada.

The Canadian Coast Guard (CCG) maintains a fleet of sea and lake going vessels, hovercraft, and aircraft.

All CCG vessels are painted uniformly regardless of their use. They are characterized by a red hull and white superstructure, designed to look like a “floating Canadian flag”. Their hulls bear a (primarily) white stripe raked forward at a 60 degree angle on each side forward. Larger vessels display a red maple leaf on the funnel. (USCG ships have white, black and red (and battleship grey) hulls marked with red raked side stripes well forward and edged with blue and white pinstriping with the USCG shield emblazoned on the stripe.) Ship nameplates are typically affixed to the superstructure, and vessels are typically named for persons or places of historic or geographic significance.

Throughout the 1960s–1990s, CCG painted primary SAR vessels in a different colour scheme: bright mustard yellow superstructure and maple leaf red hull, meant to distinguish them from navaid tenders and icebreakers, and also to improve their visibility on the open ocean in breaking waves. Today the only distinguishing markings for primary SAR vessels is the large RESCUE-SAUVETAGE lettering on the superstructure. Vessels carry the “Canada” ‘federal wordmark’, which incorporates the duotone version of the national flag. The words Coast Guard Garde Cotière appear side by side on the hull.

Camera Details: Canon EOS Digital Rebel XTi, 55mm Lens, Aperture exp 16.0, Shutter speed 1/400, ISO 400

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