For Posterity's Sake
A Royal Canadian Navy Historical Project
Fisherman's Reserve Vessel KUITAN FY14
Then CNAV KUITAN (1946)
Built at the Star Shipyards (Mercer's) Ltd., New Westminster, BC, Kuitan was one of 6 vessels built for the Fisherman's Reserve as the Nenamook class patrol craft, to replace some of the less suitable vessels. Using blueprints from a redesign of large seiners, the interiors were adjusted to suit a crew of 18. Built for the Fisherman's Reserve, they were equipped for ASW and were armed with depth charges, ASDIC and small arms. On 24 Jan 1944, Kuitan was transferred over from the Fisherman's Reserve, continuing to serve as a naval-manned patrol boat. After the war Kuitan was used to tow warships destined for mothballing from Esquimalt to Vancouver. Re-disignated as a CNAV, Kuitan served out of Esquimalt until disposed of on 11 Dec 1946. Sold to commercial use, she was converted back to a fishing vessel and renamed Cape Bathurst. Last reported still in use in the late 1980s.