Starboard Propeller of CCGS John A. Macdonald
This is the starboard propeller of the Canadian coastguard [sic - Coast Guard] Icebreaker, John A. MacDonald [sic - Macdonald]. The propeller was damaged while the John A. MacDonald was assisting the 115,000 ton oil tanker, SS Manhattan, in her historic crossing of the Northwest Passage in 1969.
On many occasions during the voyage the John A. MacDonald under the command of Captain Paul Fournier freed the Manhattan from ice holding her fast.
For days both vessels battled ridges of ice 12 to 15 feet thick. On September 14th, while entering Prince of Wales Strait at 0730 hours, the John A. MacDonald noted vibration from her starboard shaft. She continued escort duties until both vessels entered open water at 1700 hours.
On the return of the John A. MacDonald to the Darthmouth coastguard base, it was revealed in dry-dock that the pressure of ice had broken off two propeller blades, as shown here.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Environment • Man-Made Features • Waterways & Vessels. A significant historical date for this entry is September 14, 1969.
Location. 44° 39.814′ N, 63°
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. How Dartmouth Has Grown (a few steps from this marker); Canadian Military Engineers/Génie militaire canadien (about 180 meters away, measured in a direct line); "Bridges for Canada"/« Ponts pour le Canada » (about 180 meters away); Wild about roses/La vie en rose (about 180 meters away); Vera B. Stone (about 180 meters away); Legion War Memorial (approx. one kilometer away); Sullivan's Pond (approx. one kilometer away); Totem Pole (approx. one kilometer away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Dartmouth.
Also see . . . CCGS John A. Macdonald. (Submitted on January 20, 2018, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
Credits. This page was last revised on July 23, 2020. It was originally submitted on January 20, 2018, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 330 times since then and 21 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on January 20, 2018, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. 5. submitted on July 23, 2020, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York.