Range Support Vessel
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.
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