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Military will attempt to raise Cape Ann III next month
« on: April 05, 2012, 11:19:41 AM »
Military will attempt to raise Cape Ann III next month

Published on April 3, 2012
Greg McNeil

The infamous Cape Ann III, a partially sunken ship in Sydney harbour, could soon be moved as part of a military exercise operation planned to get underway May 2. Steve Wadden - Cape Breton Post

SYDNEY — A joint Canadian and American task force hopes to raise the sunken Cape Ann III as part of a military training exercise in Sydney harbour next month.

Depending on the outcome of an environmental assessment, raising the 175-foot trawler will be part of Frontier Sentinel 12, an operation that includes ship movements, sonar and flights from May 2-9.

“I don’t want to raise expectations because there is planning underway right now,” said Major Paule Poulin of Joint Task Force Atlantic public affairs.

“It’s routine for the Canadian Forces to investigate options to include in training opportunities and that’s the case for the exercise.”

Poulin said there is currently no agreement in place to have the Cape Ann III involved in the operation. That agreement heavily depends on the outcome of an environmental assessment that began March 12.

According to a notice on Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency website, efforts to raise the ship will see the Department of National Defence rent the vessel from the existing owner, the Cape Ann III Artificial Reef Society, for about three weeks with the aim of raising the ship, leaving it secured, floating and level at its current location near the mouth of Sydney River.

Holes below the waterline will be patched and water will be pumped out until the ship is buoyant.

The Cape Ann III Artificial Reef Society will then retain control from DND and pass control to a demolition company for disposal on land.

“We’ve been working with them and there is a very well thought out, extensive plan to raise the vessel,” said Ken Jardine, a member of the reef society.

“If the environmental assessment goes through, there are still other hurdles, but yes, this is a big step in getting this thing raised and out of our community.”

Jardine said the society has been working with the military since December.

“If the military can get the training value out of it in compliance with all the rules and regulations, and the spinoff is that we get the vessel removed from our community, John Aylward and I and the artificial reef society are thrilled and we are doing everything we can to make that happen.”

As for the military operation, Joint Task Force Atlantic will lead the exercise to maintain and expand relations with major partners, including the United States Fleet Forces and United States Coast Guard, as well as Canadian federal and provincial departments.

The exercise is made up of two scenarios — an irregular immigrant vessel arriving at Sydney, and a mine countermeasure operation to clear Sydney harbour of mines.

The major vessels involved will be three Canadian warships, one Canadian Coast Guard ship and a few rigid-hull inflatable boats.

Air activity will include Aurora aircraft and Sea King helicopters.

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Re: Military will attempt to raise Cape Ann III next month
« Reply #1 on: April 21, 2012, 06:53:29 PM »
I am happy to hear about any operation in favour of making  Canada the best place to be on earth!
Thanks for the story...  VVV, Airborne, BZ and CHIMO!

MCpl (Ret'd) John P. Garlick C.D
Kingston , Ontario