The History of the ORIOLE

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.

ORIOLE Statistical Data

  • Pendant: KC 480
  • Type: Sail training vessel
  • Class:
  • Displacement: 92 tonnes
  • Length: 102 ft
  • Width: 19 ft
  • Draught: 10 ft
  • Speed: kts
  • Compliment: 1 senior officer, 2 senior NCO's, 2 junior NCO's. 16 supernumary Officers and Crew
  • Arms:
  • Builder: George Lawley & Sons
  • Keel Laid: Early 1921
  • Date Launched:
  • Date Commissioned: 19 June 1952
  • Paid off:


Sail plan: Marconi rig. 15,700 sq ft (1,460 m2) of sail. Auxiliary engine 261 hp (195 kW) Detroit Diesel.

Additional Information

The Oriole provides sail training to junior officers and noncommissioned officers as part of their introduction to life at sea. She also provides a venue for teamwork exercises and adventure training available to all of the Canadian Forces. She participates in many events, races and public relation day sails in support of local charities.

Keywords: HMCS ORIOLE, Royal Canadian Navy Ship, Sail training vessel, Class