Canadian Historic Naval Ships and Shipyards

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Last Update: 21/APRIL/2006
Compiled by Pete Payette - ©2006 American Forts Network

The following is a short list of Canadian shipyards and either existing or replicated historic military ships. It is not our intent to include all ships, shipyards or museums, mainly just the oldest yards and vessels, and capital ships. There are many more preserved historic naval ships located throughout the country.
For more ships, please visit the website listed at the bottom of the page.
Why, do you ask, do we include ships on this website? Just think of them as "floating forts", of course!


Halifax Royal Naval Dockyard
(1794 - present), Halifax

H.M.C.S. Sackville


Île aux Noix Naval Shipyard
(1812 - 1834), Île-aux-Noix
Located adjacent to Fort Lennox on the Richelieu River, serving the Lake Champlain fleet. The British ships suffered a defeat at Plattsburg, New York in 1814, but the Americans did not exploit the situation.

Le Machault
(1760), Point-à-la-Croix
The remains of the French ship are on display at the Battle of the Restigouche visitor center. This was the last naval battle of the French and Indian War in North America. Admission fee.
National Historic Site


Kingston Royal Naval Dockyard
(1792 - 1852), Kingston
Located on Point Frederick, serving the Lake Ontario Fleet.

Navy Island
(unknown dates), Niagara Falls
A British Naval Shipyard for the Lake Erie Fleet after the War of 1812.
National Historic Site

H.M.C.S. Haida

Grand River Naval Depot
(1815), Port Maitland
Planned as the next major British Naval Base on Lake Erie, for 1000 men and three frigates, but was limited by the Rush-Bagot Treaty of 1817. It was never completed. No remains. A marker is at Esplanade Park.

Amherstburg Royal Naval Dockyard
(1796 - 1813), Amherstburg
The only British Naval Base on Lake Erie during the War of 1812.

Discovery Harbour
(1830's - 1856), Penetanguishene
A British Naval Shipyard and Army depot with 15 reconstructed buildings: offices, barracks, and warehouses. There is also the fully rigged replicas of the Bee and the Tecumseth at King's Wharf. Admission fee.

Schooner Town Park
(1815 - 1830's), Wasaga Beach
A British Naval Shipyard for the Lake Huron Fleet, replaced by Penetanguishene.

H.M.S. Nancy (salvaged remains)
Nancy Island Historic Site, Wasaga Beach
Sunk by the U.S. in 1814. The hull was recovered from the bay and is now in a museum.


Esquimalt Royal Naval Dockyard
(1842 - present), Victoria
The major British yard in the Pacific. It was turned over to Canada in 1905.

R.C.M.P.V. St. Roch
Vancouver Maritime Museum, Vancouver
Type: Auxiliary Police Schooner || Launched & Commissioned: 1928 || Decommissioned: 1954
National Historic Site
This vessel was used by the RCMP Arctic Patrol. It was the first ship to travel east through the Northwest Passage (1942). In 1944 it returned to the west coast, making this the first vessel to make a round trip via the Northwest Passage. After World War II the ship sailed to Halifax via the Panama Canal. This feat made the St. Roch the first vessel to circumnavigate North America. It is now in permanent dry dock.

Most of this material was collected from Historic Naval Ships Visitors' Guide

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