It’s not every day that you see the Canadian Coast Guard cruising off the coast of Burien,Â but around 8 a.m. Thursday morning (July 9) BTB Contributor Elston Hill captured this image of the ship ‘W. E. Ricker’ passing byÂ Three Tree Point (click image to see larger version): “It was traveling at a slow pace of 2.5 knots,” Elston said. “Unlike most ship traffic from the north, it came down the east side of the Sound, the Burien side rather than the Vashon side. As it traveled close to Three Tree Point, it picked up a little speed, but then proceeded on down the east side of the sound at a slow speed.” Elton added that the web site MarineTraffic.com stated that this ship’s destination was â€œFisheries Research.â€ According to Wikipedia, the vessel was built in Japan in 1978, and is stationed at the Pacific Biological Station in Nanaimo, BC. It has served on joint scientific voyages with the US and was named after the fisheries scientist W. E Ricker. On March 22, 2006, the ship was one of several that responded to the sinking of the BC Ferry Queen of the North.]]>
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