Rimouski revisited

Rimouski-20140705-00208On the way back now I’m able to spend a little time here in Rimouski. Hurricane Arthur has come through and the tail end sent the marina rocking. Nothing to get excited about. Just add a few lines and sit back and wait for it to blow through. One day was all we had compared to the people further east we got off lucky.

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 I took time out here in Rimouski to go and see the only decomissioned sub in Canada we have on display. It is a 295 foot Oberon class sub retired in 2000. It was hauled out and set up in 2008 at Pointe Au Pere ( Father Point ) This sub was built in the UK for the Canadian navy. There were 3 made for Canada. After decomissioning it was towed from Halifax to Rimouski here and it took a few years to actually have it towed ashore due to its weight and complexity of the move. They have a 20 minute film showing the troubles they had to get it ashore.

The sub had a full compliment of 70 men and included in that were four electricians to keep things working. Also a note of interest was that they had 3 cooks and they worked 24/7 in shifts. Apparently they ate well. Very important on a cramped ship like this. The average crew got 20 seconds of water a day to wash up and the engine room mechanics were allowed to shower once in a while. The smell on the sub was quite unique with that many men on board. The story goes that with the personal odours and the diesel smells, the cook used extra spices in the food to make it taste better since living in the recycled air you would loose your sense of smell.

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 This view is the forward torpedo holding, loading area. This sub was able to carry 16 torpedoes at one time. This port side torpedo supports have been removed to allow visitor access.

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The bulb on the front of the sub housed the sonar equipment for listening under the water.

Below here is a shot of the two 3000 hp, V16 diesel engines that were strictly used for charging the batteries. It would take four hours of running on the surface to be able to recharge. They said that when they both engines were running, the internal ambient temperature of the engine room would be 60 degrees C.

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This is a view of the aft torpedo room. Again the story was told that there was where they stored their beer.

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 The picture above here shows the “Helmsman’s chair”. This was the one guy that got all the information and did the actual steering of the ship. This was right in the main control room. All the lights were red in the main control room and they said at night they would not even have lights on just the instruments would give enough light. This was done so that they would not loose their night vision if they had to go up to look outside. My apologies on the quality of this picture. This give a breakdown of the side cutaway view of the ship. The huge battery bank was built below the crews quarters and the control room.

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All in all a very fascinating day. Well worth the trip to see.

As a side note I also went to see the Empress of Ireland museum and very few artifacts on display in this same little town outside of Rimouski. Sadly not as exciting and not as interesting although probably more important a display. There is a separate building for this display and also I did pass the buoy in the river where the Empress went down 100 years ago this past spring.

Along with these two displays there is a lighthouse and fog horn display here and this was the first lighthouse in Canada and fog horn test station. In the early years they actually used cannons to fire off before they developed the horn and air driven systems. Father Point was the first Pilot station in Canada where the arriving boats from overseas would have to stop and pick up a river pilot to continue on down the St. Lawrence. This stopped on the south side of the river in the 90’s and is now done from the north side at a place called Escoumins just a little further upstream. This end of the river is also controlled by Escoumin Traffic, and Escoumin Coast Guard. That is where I call in to file a sail plan when I head out on the river.

I hope you enjoyed this, I certainly did and was lucky enough to have Word Press cooperated and I got to load these pictures.

 

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