The HUDSON is still a hard working vessel despite being 50 years old. The picture shows her with the traditional white hull, buff funnel with black funnel rim so a hydrographer could take a vertical angle to work out how far away they were from the mother ship. The government research vessels in Canada have been put into the Coast Guard fleet and she now has a red hull and white upper works and funnel and this, in my opinion, is not as good looking on her as the white hull was. She has a great looking sheer and camber to the decks and is a great sea boat because of this. The sheer is present even in the wheelhouse; if you stood at the after end of a very short wheelhouse you could not see the water ahead. She has had to be repaired many times recently because of rusting etc. and is likely to be in service for a few years yet as a replacement is not on the drawing board yet. Over the years a number have been proposed but none made it to the final drawing board stage.
I served on Hudson at various deck officer ranks in the 19970s and early 80s and designed the wheelhouse she now has.
This picture must be at least 30 years old as a crane was installed port side aft in the early 1980s and the open lifeboats replaced by enclosed ones in the early 90s if not before.
Thank you for sharing these pictures, they have brought back happy memories.