John A. MacDonald - Canada

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The Canadian Coast Guard heavy icebreaker John A. MacDonald is seen in this photograph as she was lying alongside wharf 1 in the Welland Canal harbour at Port Weller during the evening hours of August 10th, 1987. Her 8 month, $8 million refit had just been completed and she had returned from Lake Ontario where she underwent sea trials.

It was quite a surprise when, in 1991, only 4 years later, she was decommissioned. After arriving in Halifax on December 2 and securing for the last time all of her machinery and valuables were removed and John A. MacDonald once hailed "The Queen of the Fleet" was paid off into reserve. Under the number name 1210 she languished in Halifax harbour until November 22, 1993. On that day the Dutch tug Elizabeth departed Halifax towing the retired ship with the beaches of India as their final destination. The former John A. MacDonald was cut up for scrap through the early months of 1994.

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