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Moments of grace on board the Laurier

September 10, 2012 10:50 AM

There is a great amount of activity these days on board the coast guard ship Sir Wilfrid Laurier.

Every day, many missions are conducted by boat or helicopter. The crew wakes up early in the morning (breakfast is served between 6 and 7 a.m.) and finishes often after night has fallen.

Meals are absorbed in minutes, people come and go at the speed of light and go back to work.

All that hard work bears its fruits: For example, the Canadian Hydrographic Service just finished charting a new navigation route near King William Island.

Depending on where the ships are going, they could save seven hours and a ship like the Laurier could save $6,000 in fuel.

Lots of work, lots of fatigue, but there are on the Laurier moments of grace.

In the evening, when weather permits, we can get the most fabulous sunsets, nicer and more moving than any painting in the Louvre.


 Cameraman-reporter Maxence Bilodeau films a sunset.

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