CCGS Matthew is used primarily as a hydrographic survey platform by the Canadian Hydrographic Service (CHS) of the Department of Fisheries and Oceans. The vessel also carries out geophysical and oceanographic work and responds to search and rescue incidents. She entered into service in 1990 and is named for the vessel John Cabot used during his voyage of exploration to the New World in 1497. The name for this vessel was selected from among 64 entries by High School students in an essay contest conducted in Newfoundland and Labrador in the fall of 1989. The ship is equipped with a multibeam sonar system and carries two survey launches, one of which is also equipped with a multibeam system. She works in the coastal waters of Eastern Canada from Northern Labrador to the Bay of Fundy. The hydrographic data collected by the Matthew and its launches is used to maintain and update the East Coast catalogue of CHS charts in support of safe navigation and efficient marine commerce.
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