Canadian Coast Guard SAR Station Port Weller stands watch over Western Lake Ontario

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Late October howl around Canadian Coast Port Weller Station Niagara. northwest gale western Lake A distress crackles over radio from boater in on the end of lake. The four-person crew their gear heads for or both the boats their disposal. wasting a they scream into the past the of the Weller piers, into seas 12-15 feet It’s another day at office for Seamen Chris and Clint Engineer Maurice and relief Officer Paul (current relief officer). The responds to 75-100 calls year from in trouble late March mid-December.

The station located on scenic peninsula the entrance the Welland The location be unfamiliar most boat as the is hidden view on property owned the Seaway of Lock on the side of canal. This offers front seating for watching as pass a distance off station.

The primary vessel the search rescue vessel 100, a -Task Medium Lifeboat, part the Canadian Guard (Central fleet since

C.G.R. 100 an aluminum measuring 45’ long, 15’ wide and 07” draft. driven, she’s by twin geared diesels 525 hp capable of her at knots maximum (26 knots speed). Cruising is 275 miles and C.G.R. 100 run at speed for hours (12 at reduced The wheelhouse quipped with marine radio, depth finder, and many navigational aids. bow compartment storage for crew’s bright Mustang survival and provides for any that may brought aboard.

Also available a bright 19.4-foot Mark Zodiac, powered twin, 90 Evinrude outboards. speed is knots.

Both are built be self-righting overcome by seas.

The area of is from Ont. to NY (and areas west). are on call, which they can travel more 15 minutes the station. one recent, call, the were up headed out minutes after distress signal received.

The crew duty shares comfortable building attached to old lighthouse quarters, built 1931, for Port Weller north of Canal Lock Besides sleeping the station a combined room, office, lounge and There are crews in with each two weeks and having weeks off. and housekeeping are shared two of crewmembers.

During calls, SAR Port Weller side by with their counterparts and a strong with the at the Coast Guard located at mouth of Niagara River the shadow historic Fort

After an last year which two their U.S. Guard comrades their lives, crew of Port Weller honored their brothers with plaque at small memorial at the Coast Guard overlooking the River.

The placed near inscribed brass reads “Honour courage shall reside here. together without In Memory Petty Officer Class Scott Chism and Christopher E.

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Another plaque “This bell our fallen May it be torn May it strong like and they they served.”

October 20 editorial staff Great Laker joined the at Station Weller to along on typical patrol. trip took from the at Port across Lake to the River, then to Port after a visit to Dalhousie east Port Weller.

trip lasts minutes and reach the River. The river offers currents that at 15 making plenty work for helmsman.

Outbound make a stop at U.S. Coast Station Niagara. Station Port crew carries portable radio, to depart a moments


We depart for Port west of Weller

Patrol we return Station Port

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