HMCS Oriole

picture of the HMCS Oriole

HMCS Oriole Specifications:

Flag Canada
Rig Marconi rigged ketch
Homeport CFB Halifax, Nova Scotia
Sparred Length 108'
LOA 102'
LOD 91'
Draft 10'
Beam 19'
Rig Height 94'
Freeboard 6'8" (forward); 4'9" (aft)
Sail Area 15,700 sq ft
Tons 69 tons
Power 261 HP Detroit Diesel
Hull Steel



HMCS Oriole (Canada) is the oldest commissioned ship in the Royal Canadian Navy and also the longest serving commissioned ship. Now the sail training vessel of the Royal Canadian Navy, this sailing ketch is based at CFB Halifax in Halifax, Nova Scotia. It was originally built in 1921 as the flag ship for the Royal Canadian Yacht Club in Toronto and commissioned into the RCN in 1952. At a length of 108 feet, this vessel has a complement of one officer and five enlisted along with capacity for 18 trainees. She will be berthed at Erie Basin Marina.

HMCS Oriole Information:



      Builder George Lawley & Son
Built 1952
Coast Guard Certification Canadian Naval Vessel
Crew 5
Trainee 18
Contact Embassy of Canada
Organization Royal Canadian Navy
Address 501 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC  20001 USA
Telephone (202) 682-1740
Fax (202) 682-7726



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