ST CHARLES ATA 533
St Class Tugboat
ST CHARLES was stationed at Halifax, NS. Built at Saint John Dry Dock, Saint John, N.B. she was commissioned on June 7, 1957.
In the early 1960s, while still undergoing trials, ST CHARLES was utilized by the RCAF in retrieving Mk.43 ASW torpedoes. She is used extensively in towing ships to refit ports in Montreal or St. John, or assisting the YTB tugs with the larger ships, or towing high speed targets for fleet gunnery practice. ST CHARLES was paid off and sold. She was re-named Chebucto Sea, and is operated by Secunda Marine to support oil exploration and recovery on the East Coast of Canada.
On August 10, 2014, the tug Matterhorn (former CNAV ST CHARLES), a 535-tonne vessel fitted with 13 fuel oil tanks, sank while secured alongside another vessel at a marine facility at Mount Carmel, St. Mary’s Bay, Newfoundland.
The Matterhorn was pulled ashore in Jan 2023 after having the oil in her tanks removed and will be broken-up.
In memory of those who have crossed the bar
They shall not be forgotten
CFAV ST CHARLES at Halifax
© Mac Mackay 1989
Work continues for our Environmental Response team in Mount Carmel, at the site of the Matterhorn, which sank in 2014. To date, approximately 256,700 liters of oily water mixture has been removed.
Image Source: Canadian Coast Guard Facebook page 05 Dec 2022
The Canadian Coast Guard Environmental Response crew and contractors removed the pollution threat of the old derelict vessel Matterhorn. The vessel is now out of the water, secured on the shore, and ready for final cleaning and deconstruction.
Image Source: Canadian Coast Guard Facebook page 12 Jan 2023