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The following table provides a summary of the vessels used by the Canadian Hydrographic Service fleet from 1883 to the present.  It is not exhaustive but contains all data currently available.  Names that are underlined provide a link to a photo and more information.  If you have anything to add or a photo to share, feel free to contact us with your information.

With the establishment of the Marine Sciences Branch on 1 April 1962 all of the Branch ships have been re-designated by the prefix "C.S.S.". This represents their functions of Canadian Survey Ships and/or Canadian Scientific Ships, as appropriate.

For Launches used by CHS, follow the link provided. Launches     

 Ships below are listed alphabetically by name.  

Name Year Commis-sioned Period Used By CHS Year Decommis-sioned CHS /Charter /Platform of Opportunity
ACADIA 1913 - 1969 CHS
ADVENT 1972 - - CHS
ALGERINE 1944 1951 -1955, 1958, 1959 - Charter
AMPHION (H.M.S.) - - - CHS
ANN LONG 1882 - 1884 Charter
ANNIE GEELE 1914 - 1915 Charter
ARCTIC - 1912 - Charter
ARCTIC SEALER 1945 1958, 1959 - Charter
BAFFIN 1957 1957- 1990 CHS
BAYFIELD I (ex EDSALL) 1864 1884-1913 1913 CHS
BAYFIELD II (ex LORD STANLEY) 1889 - 1949 CHS
BAYFIELD III (launch) 1949 - 1963 CHS
BAYFIELD IV (ex HILDUR, built 1960) 1974 - 1993 CHS
BEAVER - 1863-1870 - Charter
BELLECHASE - 1936 - CHS
BELLEROPHON (H.M.S.) - 1886-1892 - CHS
BLAKE (H.M.S.) - 1892-1893 - CHS
BRANDAL M.V. 1966/67 Charter 
BURLEIGH - 1911 - Charter
CAMSELL, CCGS
1961,1963,1966,1973 
Platform of Opportunity
CANADIENNE-LA- (ex FOXHOUND) 1880 1906-1909, 1912-1916 1920 CHS
CARTIER I 1910 - 1939 CHS
CARTIER II 1948 - 1965(1967?) CHS
C.D. HOWE 1950 1953-1956, 1958,1959 1970 Platform of opportunity
CHALLENGER (H.M.S.) - - - CHS
CHRISSIE C. THOMEY 1910 Abandoned in ice. 1913 CHS
CHRISTMAS SEAL - 1973-1975, burned 1976 - Charter
DARING (H.M.S.) - - - CHS
DAWSON 1967 - - CHS
DE LEVIS 1904 - 1908 CHS
D'Iberville 1952 1953-1954, 1958, 1973 1983 Platform of opportunity
EGERIA (H.M.S.) 1874 1898-1910 1913 (sold) CHS
EHKOLI 1942 - 1967 CHS
F.C.G. SMITH 1986 - - CHS
FORT FRANCES 1944 1949 - 1957 1958 CHS
FRANK BURTON 1901 - 1904 Charter
FRANKLIN (H.M.S.) - - - CHS
FREDERICK G. CREED 1989 - CHS
GANNET (H.M.S.) - - - CHS
GRAND MARAIS - 1975 - Charter
GULNARE (built 1893) 1902 - 1949 CHS
HUDSON 1963 - - CHS
JOHN A. MACDONALD 1962,1973
JOHN P. TULLY 1985 - - CHS
KAPUSKASING 1944 - 1972 CHS
LABRADOR 1953 1954 - 1957 1987 Platform of opportunity
LADY CANADIAN - 1975 - Charter
LADY NORTHLAND - 1974-1975 - Charter
LE DOS BLEU - 1982-1983 - Charter
LILLOOET 1908 - 1932 CHS
LIMNOS 1968 - - CHS
LOIS M. LAUZIER 1977 - - CHS
Louis S. St-Laurent 1969 ?, 1973 ? Platform of opportunity
MARABELL 1943 - 1970 CHS
MARLBOROUGH (H.M.S.) - - - CHS
MARTIN KARLSEN - 1975-1978 - Charter
MATTHEW 1990 - CHS
MAXWELL 1961 - 1992 CHS
MCLEAN, CCGS 1973 (Chesterfield Inlet) Platform of Opportunity
META - 1978-1979 - Charter
MINNA - 1972-1974,sank 1974 - Charter
MINTO, Cdn Gov icebreaker, in 1911 major survey vessel in Hudson Bay and Strait, Capt F Anderson in charge 1911, 1912, 1915 Cdn Gov icebreaker
NADEN 1913 - 1918 CHS
NARWHAL, CCGS 1973 (James Bay) Platform of Opportunity
NAVICULA - 1981-1983 - Charter
NORTH STAR IV (ex ROCKY RIVER) - sank, 1961 - Charter
NORTHERN SEAL 1966 1976 - Charter
NORTHHAMPTON (H.M.S.) - 1883-1886 - CHS
PANDORA II - 1977-1978, 1980 - Charter
PARIZEAU 1967 - - CHS
PARRY (ex TALAPUS, built 1942) 1945 - 1967 CHS
PENDER 1930 - 1950 CHS
PETREL - 1977 - Charter
PILOT #1 1928 - 1934 CHS
POLAR CIRCLE - 1982-1983 - Charter
R.B. YOUNG 1990 - - CHS
RADELL II 1941 - - CHS
RADIUM EXPRESS 1953 1972-1973, 1975-1979 - Platform of opportunity, in 1973 charter
RESTLESS (built 1906) 1908 1920-1923 - CHS
RICHARDSON 1962 1990 CHS
Sackville ? ? ? Platform of opportunity
SCARBOROUGH (H.M.S.) - - - CHS
SPALDING - 1961 - Charter
STADACONA (ex COLUMBIA) 1893 - 1924 CHS
STANLEY, Capt Dalton 1910 Hudson Bay, exploratory 1910,  Cdn Gov icebreaker
STORIS  (U.S.S.) 19561956, 1958, 1959 Platform of Opportunity
SURVEYOR - 1972 - Charter
TERRA NOVA - 1950 - Charter
THERON 1950 1954-1957, 1960, 1967. 1973-1976 - Charter
THETA 1954 1958-1960,1964-1965 - Charter
TUCHO MARINER - 1994 Charter
VECTOR 1967 - - CHS
W. J. STEWART 1932 - 1976 CHS
WHITETHROAT, ANAV 1963,1964 (Annual Report)