Former CCGS Simcoe makes its way upstream on the St. Lawrence River enroute to Northern Georgian Bay.jpg
Former CCGS Simcoe makes its way upstream on the St. Lawrence River en route to northern Georgian Bay.
Name: Simcoe
Namesake: John Graves Simcoe
Operator: Canadian Coast Guard
Port of registry: Ottawa, Ontario
Builder: Canadian Vickers, Montreal
Yard number: 279
Commissioned: November 1962
Decommissioned: 2007
Refit: 1988
Homeport: Prescott, Ontario
Identification:IMO number: 5328603
Fate: Sold 2008
General characteristics
Type: Buoy tender/light icebreaker
Length: 54.6 m (179 ft 2 in)
Beam: 11.6 m (38 ft 1 in)
Draught: 3.8 m (12 ft 6 in)
Propulsion: Diesel-electric
Speed: 14 knots (26 km/h)
Range: 5,000 nmi (9,300 km) at 10 knots (19 km/h)
Endurance: 20 days
Complement: 27

CCGS Simcoe[note 1] was a Canadian Coast Guard buoy tender and light icebreaker. The second vessel of the name in Canadian government service, Simcoe was in service from 1962 to 2007 based out of the Coast Guard base at Prescott, Ontario working the Great Lakes and Saint Lawrence Seaway. In 2008 the ship was sold to commercial interests.

Design and description

Simcoe was an ice-strengthened buoy tender and light icebreaker, and was 54.6 m (179 ft 2 in) long overall with a beam of 11.6 m (38 ft 1 in) and a draught of 3.8 m (12 ft 6 in). The vessel had a gross register tonnage (GRT) of 961 and a 368 net tonnage (NT).[1][2] Simcoe was propelled by a two fixed-pitch propellers driven by a diesel-electric system (DC/DC) comprising two Paxman 4SA 12-cylinder diesel engines driving two motors creating 2,000 shaft horsepower (1,500 kW).[3] This gave the vessel a maximum speed of 14 knots (26 km/h). The ship could carry 156.00 m3 (34,320 imp gal) of diesel fuel, had a range of 5,000 nautical miles (9,300 km) at 10 knots (19 km/h) and could stay at sea for 20 days.[2] The vessel had a complement of 27, composed of 10 officers and 17 crew.[3]

Service history

CCGS Simcoe at Prescott, Ontario during the Great Icestorm of 1998

The ship was constructed by Canadian Vickers at their shipyard in Montreal, Quebec with the yard number 279.[4] The second Canadian government ship named for John Graves Simcoe, the first Lieutenant-Governor of Upper Canada, the ship entered service in November 1962.[1][5] The vessel was registered in Ottawa, Ontario, but was homeported at Prescott, Ontario in the Central Region for use on the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Seaway.[1][2]

Simcoe underwent modernisation in 1988.[3] Remaining operational for 45 years, Simcoe was decommissioned and renamed 2007-01 in 2008.[4] The vessel was sold in June 2008 to Sheridan Platinum Group Ltd, of Ontario.[2]



  1. ^ CCGS stands for Canadian Coast Guard Ship


  1. ^ a b c Maginley & Collin 2001, p. 181.
  2. ^ a b c d "CCG Fleet: Vessel Details – CCGS Simcoe". 4 February 2015. Archived from the original on 25 February 2018. Retrieved 25 February 2018.
  3. ^ a b c Saunders 2004, p. 97.
  4. ^ a b "Simcoe (5328603)". Miramar Ship Index. Retrieved 1 January 2017.
  5. ^ Maginley 2003, p. 258.


  • Maginley, Charles D. (2003). The Canadian Coast Guard 1962–2002. St. Catharines, Ontario: Vanwell Publishing Limited. ISBN 1-55125-075-6.
  • Maginley, Charles D. & Collin, Bernard (2001). The Ships of Canada's Marine Services. St. Catharines, Ontario: Vanwell Publishing Limited. ISBN 1-55125-070-5.
  • Saunders, Stephen, ed. (2004). Jane's Fighting Ships 2004–2005. Alexandria, Virginia: Jane's Information Group. ISBN 0-7106-2623-1.

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