A Canadian Forces warship has put into Digby harbour for minor repairs.

The HMCS Shawinigan, a 55-metre coastal defence vessel, came in through the Digby Gut about 1 p.m. on Monday, May 13 and tied up on the outer end of the Digby wharf.

Captain Peter Ryan, a spokesperson with Maritime Forces in Halifax, said the Shawinigan was doing training in the area when they suffered a “minor mechanical issue”.

He said they put into Digby as a precaution, to pick up some parts and they expected the repairs would be complete by the end of the day.

Capt. Ryan said the Shawinigan would continue her training mission upon leaving Digby. He wasn’t sure if they would sail tonight or in the morning.

The Shawinigan docked in high winds out of the southwest and scuffed her bow lightly on the wharf as she was turning.

HMCS Shawnigan is a Kingston-class Maritime Coastal Defence vessel designed with mine-sweeping in mind. Today their main activities include coastal surveillance, sovereignty patrol, route survey and training.

Her technical designation is Mechanical Minesweeper and her pennant is MM 704.

Digby Mayor Ben Cleveland went aboard the ship and presented the captain with a Town of Digby plaque for which the captain traded a captain’s hat from the Shawinigan.

This is the second vessel to use the name HMCS Shawinigan. An earlier Shawinigan was K136, a Flower-class corvette that served in the Royal Canadian Navy and was lost during the Battle of the Atlantic.

HMCS Moncton was the last coastal defence vessel to visit Digby.

She came into the harbour for a weekend in May 2007 for the Royal Canadian Naval Association’s 53rd naval reunion.

Story by: Jonathon Riley
The Digby County Courier
May 13, 2013