New coast guard ship pays tribute to fallen officer
Gregory Paul Peddle's son sees ship as a symbol of his father
Twenty-five years after Chief Officer Gregory Paul Peddle's death, the smashing of a bottle of champagne marked the dedication of a ship to him.
The Canadian Coast Guard Ship G. Peddle S.C. was officially put into service in St. John's on Thursday.
Peddle, a Spaniard's Bay resident, died along with Senior Engineer Pierre Gallien and Leading Seaman Raymond C. Welcher on Oct. 15, 1989 when their rescue craft capsized trying to rescue a diver in Middle Cove.
Peddle was subsequently given a Star of Courage.
Coincidentally it would've been his 59th birthday on the same day as the ship dedication.
Memory of his father
"His body was never found," says Peddle. "That (the ship) could be, to me that could be in a sense his body."
CCGS G. Peddle S.C. is a Hero Class vessel meaning it was named for decorated soldiers, veterans and police officers as well as employees of Fisheries and Oceans Canada and the Canadian Coast Guard.
The ship will be used to support Fisheries and Oceans Canada's conservation and protection programs.
It was built in Halifax by the Irving Shipbuilding.
The ship is 43 metres in length with a top speed of 25 knots and a range of 2,000 nautical miles.
G. Peddle S.C. left the dock last November and has already saved four lives.
Peddle's mother, Susannah Peddle, spoke of the tattoo he had on his forearm: "Death Before Dishonour".
"This tattoo spoke volumes of the philosophy he lived by," said Peddle.
With a report by Azzo Rezori