CCGS Sir Wilfrid Laurier

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CCGS Sir Wilfrid Laurier
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
General characteristics
Class and type: Type 1100 light icebreaker
Tonnage: 3812.1 gross
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 × Bell 429 GlobalRanger helicopter
Aviation facilities: Hangar
Notes: [1][2]

CCGS Sir Wilfrid Laurier is a light icebreaker and Major Navaids Tender of the Canadian Coast Guard.[1][2] Built in 1986 by Canadian Shipbuilding at Collingwood, Ontario, Canada, she was the last ship built there.[3] The ship has been based out of Victoria, British Columbia.



Like CCGS Martha L. Black, Sir Wilfrid Laurier has three locomotive engines, ALCO-Bombardier 251F-16V.[2][1]


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 Royal Canadian Navy Sea Cadet Corps la Hulloise (CCMRC no. 230) sponsored by the Outaouais Branch of the Navy League of Canada.[4]

Purpose and history[edit]

Sir Wilfrid 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.

Sir Wilfrid Laurier in Cambridge Bay prior to departing to search for Franklin's lost expedition

The vessel has been employed on research voyages[5] and the rescue of survivors of the car ferry Queen of the North. In 2014 the ship was part of the search for John Franklin's ships, Erebus and Terror, during the Victoria Strait Expedition[6]


  1. ^ a b c "CCGS Sir Wilfrid Laurier". Canadian Coast Guard. 4 February 2015. Retrieved 16 March 2015. 
  2. ^ a b c "Canadian Coast Guard Fleet Annual Report 2006-2007" (pdf). Fisheries and Oceans Canada. October 2007. Retrieved 16 March 2015. 
  3. ^ "Collingwood Shipbuilding, Collingwood ON". 18 February 2015. Retrieved 16 March 2015. 
  4. ^ "Fred Gordon". Comité des Affaires Maritimes Ligue Navale du Canada (succ. de l'Outaouais). Retrieved 16 March 2015. 
  5. ^ "2001-2002 Beaufort Sea Ice Stress Measurement Project". CRREL-USAC. Archived from the original on 2012-02-04. Retrieved 16 March 2015. 
  6. ^ Rennie, Steve (9 September 2014). "Franklin expedition ship found, PMO says". National Post. Canadian Press. Retrieved 16 March 2015.