John Stewart in Campbeltown sent this message last year: "Attached are two photographs of HMCS Quest (AGOR 172) which arrived here on Sunday 14 August and sailed Tuesday 16th. She is a research ship and was built in Vancouver between 1967 and 1969 so she is a venerable old lady. From where I live, I could only see her starboard side which was painted white with the funnel being buff coloured - the colour scheme of old for survey ships. Therefore, you can imagine my surprise when she sailed today and revealed a port side painted warship grey! I do not know if this painting of the port side took place whilst she was alongside here. Another strange thing is that she flying a saltire, which I would have thought is something of a maritime faux pas for a warship! As you will see, her port quarter has had an encounter with an immoveable object. I think that the tug in the first picture is SD Resourceful.
I spotted HMCS Quest in San Juan, Puerto Rico on Feb. 8, 2012. She is still wearing the same bizarre paint scheme - left side gray, but right side and front are white.
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