MSV John Strickland

Strickland Front

The John Strickland supports UVic Science’s teaching and research programs. The ship is available for booking for on- and off-campus users.

Strickland deck

The Strickland offers a versatile array of deck and laboratory operations, including hydrocasts, CTD casts, mid-water and seabed trawls, plankton tows and sediment sampling by cores and dredges.

Inside the Strickland

In addition to the open deck work area there is an aft wet lab, and small dry lab / mess area along with a modest amount of storage space. Laboratories and work areas may be customized to suit specific projects.

Working on the Strickland

The vessel is well-equipped for inshore studies, making it ideal for field components of courses and for research fieldwork. 

Strickland Back

Designed for the complex coastal waters of British Columbia, the Strickland's shallow draft allows the vessel to cross the sills of most inlets, such as the poorly accessible Sooke Basin, Barkley Sound, Sechelt Inlet and the Fraser Delta.  

The Marine Sciences Vessel John Strickland was built for UVic in 1975, named for the pioneering marine biologist known for his research in British Columbia's waters. It is used to support UVic Science research and teaching, and can be booked by groups both on and off campus. 

The Strickland was designed for the complex coastal waters of British Columbia, with a shallow draft that allows it to cross the sills of inlets. This feature allows it access to challenging areas such as the Sooke Basin, Barkley Sound, Sechelt Inlet and the Fraser Delta. 

For more information and for bookings contact us at  or 250-721-7060.

Facilities and Research Equipment

The Strickland can accommodate 2 crew and up to 16 scientists for local day trips and 3 crew and 3 scientists for overnight cruises. Operations of the Strickland are limited to within 30 km of shore and with not more than 160km between suitable ports of refuge. It is not suited for open ocean work.

Facilities include:

  • open deck work area
  • aft wet lab
  • small mess area that can be used as a dry lab
  • galley and head
  • small amount of storage space
  • four berth forecastle 
  • full range of safety, positioning and communications equipment

Research Equipment:

  • 680 kg capacity A-frame derrick with multi-purpose winch can accommodate a 1,500m wire rope or cable
  • articulated hydraulic boom with capacity of 650kg at 8m full extension
  • 3.8 m Zodiac with 25hp outboard motor for project support and shore access

Vessel Specifications

Length overall 16m (52')
Maximum beam 4.5m (14'6")
Maximum draught 2.6m (8')
Tonnage 39.9
Propulsion single screw, 275hp diesel 18" hydraulic bow thruster 
Cruising speed 8.5 knots
Maximum speed 10 knots
Hull type welded aluminum
Generator 35kva 220/110 VAC
Endurance 10 days @ 12 hr/day operation

Photo Gallery

Video: Ocean Research on the Strickland