The hydrographic research vessel CCGS Matthew is preparing for another summer of charting work. The ship is based at the Bedford Insitute and works seasonally in eastern Canada conducting surveys for the Canadian Hydrographic Service (CHS). Using sophisticated sonars it records data which is then used to update marine navigation charts. As a Coast Guard ship it is also multi-tasked to carry out search and rescue if needed and to assist in scientific and other duties.
The ship is named for the 3 masted caravel used by John Cabot when he "discovered" the New Found Land on the feast of Saint John, June 24, 1497.
The present day Matthew was built by Versatile Pacific Shipyard Inc in Victoria, BC in 1990. A modest 857 gross tons, it is fitted to carry scientific crew and two survey launches. These are carried under heavy davits amidships. The ship transferred to this coast in 1991 and in 1997, acquired the red hull of the Canadian Coast Guard. losing the traditional white livery of survey ships. The Maritime Museum's CSS Acadia, a former survey vessel, still proudly maintains that attractive white, with green boot topping and buff masts.