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Fireboat Sora
As the fireboat Sora
Name: Sora
Builder: Canadian Dredge & Dock Limited, Kingston, Ontario
Commissioned: 1982
Recommissioned: 2005 with Toronto Fire Services
Decommissioned: 2005 from CGS
In service: 1982–present
Struck: 2005
Fate: Transferred as reserve ship for the Toronto Fire Services
Status: Retired with Toronto Fire Services on October 31, 2015
General characteristics
Type: Multiple Task Utility Craft
Tonnage: 21 gross tons
Length: 12.5 m (41 ft 0 in)
Beam: 4.3 m (14 ft 1 in)
Draft: 1.24 m (4 ft 1 in)
Propulsion: Diesel engines
Speed: 26 knots (48 km/h)
Range: 300 nautical miles (560 km)
Endurance: 1 day
Complement: 3

CCGS Sora was a 12.5m Small Multi Task Utility Craft in the Canadian Coast Guard. It was deployed for medium range task and perform under moderate to high speed in moderate weather conditions and in sheltered waters in station mode.

Career with Canadian Coast Guard[edit]

During her career with the Canadian Coast Guard, Sora was a search and rescue boat along the Detroit River and western Lake Erie.[1]

Her task included:

  • towing disabled/grounded light watercraft
  • medical evacuation calls
  • searching for missing vessels or aircraft over water

The vessel is not ice class and did not operated between December and April.[1]

Transfer to Toronto Fire[edit]

She was declared surplus in late 2005 and sold to the Toronto Fire Services in 2006 by the Minister of Fisheries and Oceans. It is a back-up fireboat for William Lyon Mackenzie. In November 2014, the City of Toronto acquired another former CCG vessel, CCGS Cape Hurd, which replaced Sora as its second fireboat[2][3]

See also[edit]

Other utility ships in CCG:


  1. ^ a b Search and Rescue Duties, Responsibilities and Services – Canadian Coast Guard
  2. ^ in 2015. David Rider (2015-06-24). "Toronto fireboat to be named after fallen firefighter". Toronto Star. Retrieved 2015-06-25. It will replace the Sora, another former Coast Guard vessel obtained by Toronto in 2006. 
  3. ^ Toni Vigna (2015-06-09). "Toronto Fire Services – Fireboat Naming" (PDF). City of Toronto. Retrieved 2015-06-25. In November 2014, Toronto Fire Services (TFS) acquired a decommissioned vessel, "Cape Hurd" from the Canadian Coast Guard. The Coast Guard has retained the name. The vessel was commissioned as William Thornton and replaced Sora on October 31, 2015. 

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