Thursday, August 14, 2014

CGCS Alexander Henry

CCGS Alexander Henry is a former Canadian Coast Guard Light icebreaker and Buoy tender that served its entire career in the Great Lakes. Port Arthur Shipbuilding Co. Ltd., Port Arthur, built the ship. She was launched in 1958 and commissioned in 1959 into the Department of Transport's Marine Service as CGS Alexander Henry using the prefix "Canadian Government Ship," named after Alexander Henry, an 18th-century British explorer and fur trader. Retired from service in 1984 after CCGS Samuel Risley entered service, she is now a museum ship preserved at the Marine Museum of the Great Lakes in Kingston, Ontario and operated as a bed and breakfast during the summer months.