• 179.6666'
  • 1966
  • Trinidad and Tobago
  • $1,500,000


LADY CHEBUCTO was built for the Canadian government as a fisheries patrol vessel with a duty range that included the Arctic Circle. She remained in active service through 1999. A significant refit was completed in 1988 which addressed every area of the vessel excepting the Fairbanks Morse main engines, which were later overhauled in 1997.

She would serve very well as a research vessel with few, if any modifications.

As a "shadow" or support vessel, LADY CHEBUCTO may require some deck modifications to create additional helicopter and/or small yacht storage space.

She is a very suitable candidate for yacht conversion. Preliminary conversion studies were conducted on site by Tom Fexas Associates with the conclusion that the current stability profile would support a much larger superstructure. In addition, it is expected that the propulsion system is sufficiently reliable to provide decades of servicce. The electrical and generator system was replaced in 1988 and offers appropriate reserve capacity for a conversion scenario.

Maintenance currently underway includes the painting of decks and deckhouse. Vessel was last dry-docked in Spring of 2008, bottom coatings were renewed.

  • Basic Information
  • Dimensions
  • Speed / Weight
  • Accomodations
  • Hull & Deck
  • Engine Information
  • Category: Expedition Yacht
  • Model: Fisheries Patrol Vessel
  • Model Year: 1966
  • YearBuilt: 1966
  • Year Refit: 1989
  • Refit Type: N/A
  • Tax Paid: N/A
  • Country: Trinidad and Tobago
  • Registration #: N/A
  • Coast Guard #: N/A
  • Vessel Top: N/A
  • Fly Bridge: No
  • Cockpit: No
  • Helipad: No
  • Accomodations: Guest SR/S: 19/1 - Crew R/B/S: 1/24/1
  • LOA: 179' 8" (54.76m)
  • LWL: 167' 11" (51.18m)
  • LOD: 180' 8" (55.07m)
  • Beam: 31' 0" (9.45m)
  • Min Draft: 10' 0" (3.05m)
  • Max Draft: 12' 0" (3.66m)
  • Clearance: --
  • MFG Length: 179' 8" (54.76m)
  • Cruise Speed: 16 Knots
  • Cruise Speed RPM: 750 RPM
  • Cruise Speed Range: 8,500 Miles
  • Max Speed: --
  • Max Speed RPM: --
  • Max Speed Range: --
  • Displacement: --
  • Gross Tonnage: 751 Ton
  • Water Capacity: 18,000 Gallons
  • Holding Tank: --
  • Fuel Capacity: 40,000 Gallons
  • Fuel Consumption: 55 Gallons
  • Berths: 1
  • Heads: 1
  • Sleeps: 1
  • State Rooms: 19
  • Crew Berths: 24
  • Crew Sleeps: 1
  • Crew Heads: 1
  • Captains Quarters: Yes
  • Hull ID: N/A
  • Hull Material: Steel
  • Deck Material: Steel
  • Hull Configuration: Full Displacement
  • Project Manager: N/A
  • Hull Designer: N/A
  • Hull Color: Red
  • Hull Finish: Other
  • Exterior Designer: N/A
  • Interior Designer: N/A
  • Manufacturer: Fairbanks Morse
  • Model: N/A
  • Engine Count: Twin
  • Engine Type: Inboard
  • Fuel Type: Diesel


LADY CHEBUCTO is currently outfitted with sixteen single cabins and three double cabins, six of which include ensuite head and shower.  Additional spaces include a gymnasium, radio room, laundry room, ship’s office, engineer’s office, crew mess, dining saloon, machine shop, pump room and recreation room.  Storage spaces are generous and include bosun’s store, forepeak, paint store, galley store and engine spares locker. 

The galley was replaced in 1987: all surfaces are clad with stainless, all appliances are of commercial grade and are also finished in stainless.  Freezers and coolers are walk-in size. Separate bakery / pantry is also finished in stainless. 

Cabin furnishings are in Formica, soles are vinyl tile and cabin bulkheads are fire-resistant SIP’s.  Some passageways and common spaces have been upgraded with ceramic flooring.  It is important to note that the entire deck structure was removed and replaced during the refit of 1987/88 with the result that galley and accommodation spaces have only been in service since 1989.

Mechanical Equipment

Two Fairbanks Morse 2250 HP mains: overhauls in 1998 - approx. 1500 hrs. SMOH.
Single variable-pitch prop immediately forward of keel-hung rudder. Marine gear allows operation of one or both mains.
Performance: 16 knots @ 750 RPM burns approx. 55 gph w/ both mains and one genset.
Four full engine controls:  Engine room, bridge and dual wings.
Sound insulated control room.
Engine spares inventory would allow 1.5 overhauls (valued in excess of  $200,000.)
Three Caterpillar 215 KW generators: 440V / 60 hz. / 3 phase
Generators #1 and #2, mounted in engine room: generator # 3 in separate quiet room.
Siemens generator control panels with load-sensing, auto stand-by and auto-start features.  
All ship’s wiring, panels, receptacles & fixtures replaced in 1987/88.

Fuel – 33,000 Imp. Gallons Water – 15,000 Imp. gallons
All fuel and water tanks double-bottomed.


LADY CHEBUCTO was built to Canadian Steamship Inspection (C.S.I.) standards, which are easily equivalent to those of Lloyds. Specifications dictated that she be strengthened for Navigation in Ice to Lloyds Class 3.   Annual inspections were conducted by Ship Safety Branch of Transport Canada through 1998 with the provision that the vessel condition must meet or exceed CSI  standards.  While she is not currently in class, it is expected that she would qualify for Lloyd's class as all documentation attesting to her initial build specificatons were based on Lloyd's Register standards. Those build specifications are available for inspection. 

The comprehensive 1987/88 refit was performed by Pictou Industries in Ontario, Canada. The vessel was stripped down to hull and engines, all asbestos was scrupulously removed and the following replaced:

Aluminum deckhouse and superstructure replaced entirely.
Comprehensive re-wiring
Installation of Siemens power management control panels with three Caterpillar 215KW generators
Engine controls replaced to four stations with Prime Moving Controls
All piping and valves replaced, new sea chests
Stainless galley installed with walk-in cooler and freezer
All accommodations replaced
All tankage cleaned, dried and recoated as needed.
Cost of this overhaul was in excess of $6,000,000 in 1989


Lady Chebucto is in commission, her owner lives aboard and observes a conscientious maintenance program.  She is a unique offering for a number of reasons:

Proven operation in ice-prone, Arctic waters
Exceptional range at speed
Minimal hours on Fairbanks Morse main engines SMOH, engines still in production
Recent drydock period for Cathelco 2000 antifoul and corrosion protection system
Asbestos free
Comprehensive spares inventory
Ship's plans and drawings organized, stored and available

DWT:  345       GT: 751               NRT:  188             

As a conversion candidate into an expedition style yacht, she offers a handsome hull form with intact, high-value propulsion and generation plants. Inquiries and offers encouraged.