MONTHLY MEETING ANNOUNCEMENT
THURSDAY 21 September 2017
The monthly meeting of the Vancouver Island CIMarE Branch will take place at 1900 on Thursday, 21 SEPTEMBER 2017 in the lower lounge of the Naden Naval Officer's Wardroom near the dockyard entrance, at 1586 Esquimalt Road.
Captain Elmer Grasser of BlackBall Ferries will be presenting to us on 21 Sep on the Maintenance of MV Coho. This stalwart of our local marine commerce scene is a classic, and the description of how her maintenance and engineering oversight has produced such a long-lived and active life should be very interesting.
Coho was designed by Philip F. Spaulding & Associates, of Seattle and is named after the coho salmon commonly found in the Pacific Northwest. Coho was the first large vessel built on the West Coast in 20 years solely with private financing. The vessel was built by Puget Sound Bridge & Dry Dock in Seattle, Washington and made her first sailing to Victoria B.C. on 29 December 1959. She was originally powered by two Cooper-Bessemer diesel engines rated at 2,080 bhp (1,550 kW) each. In 2004 she was refitted with two V-12 Electro-Motive Division (EMD)12-645F7B diesels rated at 2,550 hp (1,900 kW) each. Coho has twin 8-foot (2.44 m) stainless propellers with twin rudders. Her overall length is 341.5 feet (104.1 m) with a service speed of 15 knots (28 km/h; 17 mph). The ship's vehicle clearance is 14 feet (4.27 m) with a carrying capacity of 110 vehicles and up to 1,000 passengers.
Members often arrive early to share a beverage with colleagues in the upstairs lounge. Spouses and guests are always welcome at branch meetings.
Bill Wallace, Communications, VI Branch, CIMarE