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A Royal Canadian Navy Historical Project

HMCS SONGHEE

Former RCN Tug Songhee, at Nanaimo BC, 2007

Source: Shipspotting.com

Photographer /   Patrick Johnstone 2007

 

Built: 1944 

Commissioned: 

Paid off: 24 Jul 1953

Acquired by RCN: 1954

Re-designated:  1954 CNAV Songhee

Taken out of Service: 1990

Fate: Sold to commercial interests. Currently in use as an off shore fishing accommodations resort (2015).

 

Built by Star Shipyards (Mercer's) Ltd. of New Westminster, BC, in 1944 for the RCAF she was originally named M-468 Songhee after the First Nations group Songee. She was an RCAF supply vessel tasked with provisioning and providing personnel transport to RCAF coastal radar outposts. Taken over by the RCN, she became HMCS Songhee, pendant number YPT1 / YMR1 for a brief period before transferring to the auxiliary fleet. In 1961 Songhee was used to conduct an extensive site survey for the establishment of the Patricia Bay Under Water Range. Removed from service in 1990, she was then sold to commercial interests. In 2011, she was working out of Duncan BC providing charters and tours. Songhee, owned by Jim Roome of Vancouver Island, was purchased by QCL in 2012 to be part of their fishing lodge experience.  They renamed her MV Driftwood - to maintain the familiarity their customers had with their previous vessel named Driftwood. She is still in service with QCL today - 2014. It should be mentioned, the the former QCL vessel, MV Driftwood (sold prior to the purchase and renaming of the original Songhee), is still in service and her new owners renamed her Songhee.

 

Photos and Documents

 

Commanding Officers

 

 

  

     In memory of those who have crossed the bar    

They shall not be forgotten

 

Photos and Documents (below)

 

Rear-Admiral (RCN) Hugh Francis Pullen aboard Songhee, 08 Sep 1955.  RAdm. Pullen was appointed as the Flag Officer Pacific Coast in 1955.

Courtesy of the CFB Esquimalt Naval and Military Museum

Rear-Admiral (RCN) Hugh Francis Pullen aboard Songhee, 08 Sep 1955.  RAdm. Pullen was appointed as the Flag Officer Pacific Coast in 1955.

Courtesy of the CFB Esquimalt Naval and Military Museum

 

MV Driftwood - former CFAV Songhee - under conversion to a fishing accommodations lodge for QCL, 2012

Courtesy of Duane Foerter, QCL, Haida Gwaii

MV Driftwood - former CFAV Songhee in her current configuration as an accommodations lodge for QCL, 2014

Courtesy of Duane Foerter, QCL, Haida Gwaii

MV Driftwood - former CFAV Songhee in her current configuration as an accommodations lodge for QCL, 2014

Courtesy of Duane Foerter, QCL, Haida Gwaii

CNAV Songhee YPT-1

Source: A History of the West Coast Canadian Forces Auxiliary Fleet

Photo credit: CFMETR yearly Historical reports

 

 

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