10 June 2012

Ships, ahoy!

Sketches from the 2012 Rendez-vous naval de Québec, completed 9 June 2012, down at the docks on the St. Lawrence River.

NGCC Pierre-Radisson, Canadian Coast Guard

THIS IS SUCH A COOL SHIP!  I find it remarkable that this ship can convert salt water to potable water, and get through ice a meter thick.  Looks are deceiving, too.  It looks kind of like the ferry we take across the river to Lévis, and you might think it was, if you didn't know better.  

From the rendez-vous website: 
"With the power of her diesel-electric propulsion system, the icebreaker CCGS Pierre Radisson can move forward at a speed of 6 knots through ice a meter thick. She is an essential tool for the Canadian icebreaking program. The vessel can carry sufficient provisions for 140 days and enough fuel to travel 15,000 nautical miles at cruising speed. She is fitted with equipment that can turn salt water into drinking water to meet the needs of at least 80 people. In addition to sophisticated navigation and communication equipment, she has a landing deck and a helicopter."

HMCS Summerside, Royal Canadian Navy (MM 771)
 The flags were the aspect of the ship that caught my eye, which is evident in this sketch.  There are actually two towers on the ship, both of them streaming countless vibrant flags.  The flags were whipping in the wind, to the point where they seemed like a mirage at times - it was tricky trying to get all the colors on the right flags!

From the rendez-vous website:
"HMCS Summerside (MM 711) is a Kingston-class coastal defence vessel of the Royal Canadian Navy that has served in the Canadian Forces since 1999." 

Sailors on the USS Whidbey Island, United States Navy (LSD-41)

These sailors were waiting on deck for the next wave of tourists to flood onto the ship.  They all seemed relaxed, and gazed down at the crowds just as we were gawking at them and their ship.  While we all stood around waiting, a jazz ensemble from the ship entertained us with smooth standards.  The sounds were reflected off the hull of the ship, which turned that area of the docks into a spontaneous amphitheater.  It was fantastic, sitting there in the sun, sketching to the crooning strains of "Fly me to the moon," and other classics.  And, when they did a jazz rendition of "Hotel California" by the Eagles, I knew for sure they were an American band.

From the rendez-vous website: 
"USS Whidbey Island (LSD-41) is a Whidbey Island-class dock landing ship of the United States Navy. She can disembark troops of Marines and their equipment, including combat vehicles."



A retired navy guy said...

That’s pretty neat.   Not only that the ships were there, but the drawings you’re doing.
They remind me of the “airy” graphics in a museum – with the renditions on Christmas cards.   Pretty cool.

Guest said...

That is an amazing ship.  Sailing in the north country sure is different than in the warm waters that we normally hear about.

Bethann said...

Thanks!  They were really fun, and kind of a departure from the typical nature-ish sketches I normally do.

Bethann said...

Yes, I was blown away by it!  No kidding, really different.  I can't imagine the energy it must take to break ice, de-salinate water, and keep all those sailors warm.  What an amazing experience it would be, to go on a cruise with them.  Think of the drawing possibilities!

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