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Dartmouth in Halifax Regional Municipality, Nova Scotia — The Canadian Atlantic
 

Starboard Propeller of CCGS John A. Macdonald

 
 
Starboard Propeller of CCGS John A. Macdonald Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., July 27, 2017
1. Starboard Propeller of CCGS John A. Macdonald Marker
Inscription.

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.
 
Location. 44° 39.814′ N, 63° 34.111′ W. Marker is in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, in Halifax Regional Municipality. Touch for map. Marker is in Ferry Terminal Park, about 50 meters SE of the Darmouth Ferry Terminal. Marker is at or near this postal address: 88 Alderney Drive, Dartmouth, Nova Scotia B2Y 4W1, Canada.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this

Starboard Propeller of CCGS <i>John A. Macdonald</i> and Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., July 27, 2017
2. Starboard Propeller of CCGS John A. Macdonald and Marker
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 . . .
1. Photo of CCGS John A. Macdonald. (Submitted on January 20, 2018, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. CCGS John A. Macdonald. (Submitted on January 20, 2018, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
 
Categories. EnvironmentMan-Made FeaturesWaterways & Vessels
 
Starboard Propeller of CCGS <i>John A. Macdonald</i> image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., July 27, 2017
3. Starboard Propeller of CCGS John A. Macdonald
USCGC Staten Island (WAGB-278) and CCGS John A. MacDonald escort the tanker SS Manhattan image. Click for full size.
By US Coast Guard, 1969
4. USCGC Staten Island (WAGB-278) and CCGS John A. MacDonald escort the tanker SS Manhattan
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on January 20, 2018. This page originally submitted on January 20, 2018, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 105 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on January 20, 2018, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.
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