New coast guard vessel named after Spaniard’s Bay man

Published on October 7, 2013
The CCGS G. Peddle S.C. is a new Canadian Coast Guard vessel named after Chief Officer Gregory Paul Peddle S.C., of Spaniard’s Bay who died attempting to save a diver off Middle Cove in 1989. — Submitted photo

A new hero-class vessel for the Canadian Coast Guard was accepted into the country’s fleet Friday and the ship has particular importance for this province.

The CCGS G. Peddle S.C., is named after coast guard Chief Officer Gregory Paul Peddle S.C., of Spaniard’s Bay. Peddle lost his life in an attempt to rescue a diver off Middle Cove on October 15, 1989 when the fast-rescue craft he was in overturned. Senior Engineer Pierre Gallien and Leading Seaman Raymond C. Welcher died in the same accident.

Peddle was awarded the Star of Courage for his actions.

“We are honoured to accept the CCGS G. Peddle S.C. into the Canadian Coast Guard fleet,” said Fisheries and Oceans Minister Gail Shea. “This vessel, named after Canadian Coast Guard Chief Officer Gregory Paul Peddle S.C., will be used for fisheries enforcement duties in the Atlantic region.”

The vessel is described in a news release as a mid-shore patrol vessel. The hero-class vessels are 43 metres long with a displacement of 257 tonnes and a top speed of 25 knots.

They are called hero-class because they are named for decorated soldiers and peace officers.

 The vessel was built in Halifax by Irving Shipbuilding Inc. It will be based in Dartmouth.

This is a corrected version.