BASS RIVER - Excitement was in the air here over the Cobequid Bay when residents noticed a Canadian Coast Guard vessel on the waters.
© Photo courtesy of Fred and Linda Morash
The Canadian Coast Guard vessel Hudson was seen Sunday night and Monday morning in the Cobequid Bay in the Bass River, Burntcoat Head and Economy area. Communications officials confirmed the vessel in the area conducting science experiments.
Stephen Bornais, a communications officer with the Department of Fisheries and Oceans, confirmed just after lunch on Monday that the CCGS Hudson had spent some time in the area.
"It's been conducting some science experiments with their crew," said Bornais about the offshore oceanographic science vessel that's 90.4 metres in length. "It could be a range of stuff, such as currents and core samples - any type of range of scientific experiments."
Bass River resident Fred Morash said the vessel had anchored off Bass River, across from Burntcoat Head, Sunday night at low tide, and was there again at 6 a.m. Monday. Two hours later, it was sailing around off Economy before disappearing from sight at Economy Point.
"I have not personally seen a ship that large this far up the Bay since the 1950s," said Morash in an email to the Truro Daily News.
The Hudson was launched in 1963 and calls Dartmouth its home port. It has 11 officers and a crew of 20. It was named in honour of Henry Hudson, an Englishman born in the mid-16th Century who is famous for his attempts to find a northern passage to China via the Northwest passage.