British science vessel RRS James Cook visits HRM | Local | News

HALIFAX, N.S. —

In the pantheon of celebrity visits to HRM, where does Boaty McBoatface rate?

The autonomous underwater vehicle, made famous as a result of asking Internet users for a name, is just one of the scientific resources aboard the British Royal Research Ship James Cook, which was berthed at the Centre for Ocean Ventures and Entrepreneurship (COVE) on the Dartmouth waterfront.

The Chronicle Herald toured the massive research vessel on Thursday, one day before it was due to set sail for another round of scientific adventures.

The ship has been in port since just before Christmas after serving as the host vessel for Department of Fisheries and Oceans researchers and other Canadian scientists for an expedition off Newfoundland that recently concluded.

Capt. James Gwinnell, who conducted the tour, said the vessel Cook has the capacity to carry 54 people, 22 of whom are crew with the rest of the spots reserved for scientists and technicians. 

People head aboard the RRS James Cook for a tour on Thursday, Jan. 9, 2020. The British Royal Research Ship was docked in front of the Centre for Ocean Ventures and Entrepreneurship in Dartmouth. - Ryan Taplin

A variety of winches, cranes and frames, ranging in size from about half of a hatchback car to dwarfing a city bus, are set up on the deck to facilitate the launch and management of various underwater vehicles, equipment and sensors.

Inside, there is the main working hangar, where Boaty McBoatface is secured in a cradle. The robotic v....

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