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.