William Lyon Mackenzie (fireboat)
|Name:||William Lyon Mackenzie|
|Namesake:||William Lyon Mackenzie|
|Owner:||City of Toronto|
|Operator:||Toronto Fire Services (previous Toronto Fire Department 1964-1997)|
|Builder:||Russel Brothers Limited, Owen Sound, Ontario|
|Launched:||November 7, 1963|
|Sponsored by:||Canadian Maritime Commission|
|Maiden voyage:||December 1964|
|Out of service:||2004 (refit)|
|Notes:||Named after William Lyon Mackenzie|
|Length:||24.7m (81 feet)|
|Beam:||6m (20 feet)|
|Draft:||2.5m (7 feet)|
|Propulsion:||2 x 3412 Caterpillar Diesel|
|Speed:||12 knots (13.8 mph; 22.2 km/h) - max 22km/hr|
|Complement:||3, (can use boost crew of 4)|
William Lyon Mackenzie, built by Russel Brothers, named for Toronto's first mayor William Lyon Mackenzie, is a fireboat for the Toronto Fire Services. It was built in 1964 with a modified Tugboat hull to provide marine fire fighting as well as icebreaking capabilities. In 2004 the fireboat was refurbished and it is expected to be in service until 2037.
As designed, the vessel was to be equipped with radar, echo sounder, radio, and daytime accommodation for the off-duty shift.
The fire boat is equipped with:
- aerial tower - 54' Amador/Trump Limited Giraffe (refubrished 2004)
- hiab 5 ton crane
- 2 Diesel driven water pumps
- 5 water nozzles
The boat is mainly docked at 339 Queen's Quay West next to Fire Station #334. It is the main fireboat for the City of Toronto's Fire Services as well as an icebreaker for the City of Toronto. Built in Owen Sound, Ontario by Russel Brothers Limited. The William Lyon Mackenzie operates 12 months a year, providing emergency services within Toronto Harbour and the adjacent waters of Lake Ontario. The T.F.S recently purchased the William Thorton, a Mid-shore patrol built in 1982 for CCG and acquired by TFS in 2015. The William Thornton will be staffed by the crew of the Wm. Lyon Mackenzie as a backup/additional boat.
In 2004, the vessel completed a $1+ million refurbishment that will extend the in-service life of the vessel by approximately 30 years. The main propulsion diesels engines were replaced and the "Aerial" platform was refurbished.
- Steve Briggs. (2018). "Russel Brothers Boats Archive". [Steve Briggs].
Arthur Brydon (1961-10-02). "$`150,000 Toronto Tug Launched at Erieau Honors THC Veteran". Blobe and Mail. Retrieved 2012-01-02.
Still in the works for the harbor is a fire boat to be paid for by the city. It is in the process of being built. The new craft is 65 feet long with an 18-foot beam and is equipped with radar, echo sounder and radio. Daytime accommodation is provided for the crew which will work in two shifts.
- "Toronto Fire Service Annual Report 2004" (PDF). Retrieved 2007-12-17.
Mike Filey (2016-07-23). "Meet the 'Iron Guppy': The past and future of Toronto's waterfront tugs and fireboats". Toronto Sun. Retrieved 2017-03-29.
Ports Toronto's new tug "Iron Guppy" (or perhaps pronounced a more sophisticated "Eeron Goopay") is the most recent in a succession work boats that over the years did yeoman service in and around our harbour.