CCGS Sir Wilfrid Laurier

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CCGS Sir Wilfrid Laurier
Career (Canada) Coastguard Flag of Canada
Name: Sir Wilfrid Laurier
Namesake: Sir Wilfrid Laurier, Prime Minister
Operator: Canadian Coast Guard
Port of registry: Ottawa, Ontario
Builder: Collingwood Shipbuilding, Collingwood, Ontario
Yard number: 807038
Commissioned: 1986
In service: 1986-present
Homeport: CCG Base Victoria, British Columbia (Pacific Region)
Identification: CGJK
Status: in active service, as of 2014
General characteristics
Class & type: Type 1100 light icebreaker
Displacement: 3,812.08 tonnes (4,202.10 short tons)
Length: 83 m (272 ft 4 in)
Beam: 16.2 m (53 ft 2 in)
Draft: 6 m (19 ft 8 in)
Ice class: Arctic Class 2
Propulsion: Diesel AC - (3 × ) ALCO 251-16V
Speed: 15.5 knots (28.7 km/h; 17.8 mph)
Range: 20,200 nautical miles (37,400 km; 23,200 mi)
Endurance: 120 days
Boats & landing
craft carried:
  • 1 - Lifeboat/Workboat (Davits)
  • 2 - RHI Zodiac (Davits)
  • 3 - SP Barge (Davits)
Complement: 26
Aircraft carried: 1 × MBB Bo 105 helicopter
Aviation facilities: Hangar

The CCGS Sir Wilfrid Laurier is a light icebreaker and Major Navaids Tender of the Canadian Coast Guard.[1] Built in 1986 by Canadian Shipbuilding, Collingwood, Ontario, Canada the ship currently is based out of Victoria, British Columbia.

Laurier is a multi-tasked vessel which carries out a wide variety of Coast Guard programs including buoy tending, search and rescue, science work, lightstation re-supply, beacon maintenance, radio repeater site maintenance, and icebreaking/escorting, aids to navigation and science work during summer patrols in the Arctic.

The vessel has been employed on research voyages[2] and the rescue of survivors of the M/V Queen of the North.


Like CCGS Martha L. Black, Laurier has three locomotive engines, ALCO-Bombardier F251-16V.


Canadian Coast Guard ice breaker CCGS Sir Wilfrid Laurier's workboat/lifeboat No.1 was repurposed as a training boat/work boat that has been operated by the Maritime Affairs Committee Navy League of Canada - Outaouais Branch since 1995. The boat was named Fred Gordon, in honour of WO1 (ret’d) Fred Gordon, EM, CD former Regimental Sergeant-Major for Le Régiment de Hull (RCAC) 1967-71. Fred Gordon was a member of the Hull Legion who supported the R.C.N. Sea Cadet Corps la Hulloise (CCMRC no. 230) sponsored by the Outaouais Branch of the Navy League of Canada.[1]