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HCMS Oriole





The HMCS Oriole (KC 480) is the Sail Training Vessel of the Canadian Navy based at CFB Esquimalt in Victoria, British Columbia. She is a 31 metre sailing ketch, currently the oldest commissioned vessel in the Canadian Navy, and also the longest serving commissioned ship.

The Oriole was originally laid down as the Oriole IV, the successor in a line of vessels named Oriole that were in service as the flagships for the Royal Canadian Yacht Club of Toronto, Ontario. During World War II, she was chartered by the Royal Canadian Navy as a training vessel. In 1949 she was again chartered by the Navy as a new recruit training vessel, and subsequently moved to Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1951. She was officially commissioned HMCS Oriole 19 June 1952 and two years later the navy moved her to CFB Esquimalt to become a training vessel to the Naval Officer Training Centre.

Builder: George Lawley & Sons
Laid down: Early 1921
Launched: 4 June 1921
Commissioned: 19 June 1952
Homeport: CFB Esquimalt
Identification: KC 480
Honours and
awards: Dunkirk, 1940.
Badge: Oriole (ORIOLUS AURUM)
General characteristics
Class and type: Sail Training Vessel
Displacement: 92 tonnes (70.760 kilograms)
Length: 102 ft (31 m)
Beam: 19 ft (5.8 m)
Height: 105 ft (32 m)
Draught: 10 ft (3.0 m)
Propulsion: 15,700 sq ft (1.444 sq metres) of sail
Sail plan: Marconi rig
Complement: 1 senior officer, 2 senior NCO's, 2 junior NCO's.
                  16 supernumary junior officers and
                  non-commissioned members
Notes: Auxiliary engine 261 hp (195 kW) Detroit Diesel

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