Northern Light V: – Interesting Derelict

by John MacFarlane 2017

Northern Light V

Northern Light V (Photo from the John MacFarlane collection. )

In 1945 she was built by Commercial Iron Works at Portland OR USA. 158' x 33' x 13' Steel 634.35gt 384.73rt She was powered by 2-900bhp diesel-electric engines

She started life as a a USN Net Tender, then as Samarkandh, then as Northern Light (IX), and lastly as Northern Light V in 1989.

Northern Light V

Northern Light V (Photo from the John MacFarlane collection. )

In 1945 she was owned by the US Navy as a submarine net tender in boom defences. She was ‘cocooned’ in the mothball fleet until sold as surplus. She was purchased by Columbian owners as the Samarkandh a coastwise freighter. In 1989-2004 she was owned by Samuel M. Hancock, Comox BC.

Northern Light V

Northern Light V (Photo from the John MacFarlane collection. )

As the Samarkandh she entered Canadian waters under a crew of Columbian nationals declaring force majeure to enable her stop and repair her engines. One propulsion motor was damaged – possibly sabotaged. She was seized by the RCMP and the Canadian Navy in a remote Vancouver Island inlet and her cargo (containing drugs) was unloaded. She was moved to Esquimalt BC and then the RCMP moved her to the old Coast Guard Base on Harbour road in Victoria Harbour. Crown Assets and Disposal sold her. She was sold to Frank Gale & Partner. He intended to use her as a supply vessel to the offshore dragger fleet. She was towed to Cowichan Bay where she lay for some time. Later she was a prominent sight around Hornby and Denman Islands moving anchorage when she became to unpopular with local residents. She is said to have been scrapped in 2003.

Northern Light V

Northern Light V (Photo from the John MacFarlane collection. )



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MacFarlane, John M. (2017) Northern Light V: – Interesting derelict. Nauticapedia.ca 2017. http://nauticapedia.ca/Gallery/Northern Light.php

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