Five vessels have served the Port Colborne-based Canadian Coast Guard Auxiliary unit since its inception in 1998.
P1: In 2000, a custom-built Dovercraft was launched and named the Donald R. Workman, after the unit’s first commander. The vessel was purchased through fundraising from the community and with the support of the City of Port Colborne. The 34-foot (10 metre) steel hull boat, with twin-CAT diesel engines, is our primary search and rescue vessel. It is a 34 foot steel hull construction with twin diesel CAT engines. The vessel, called P1, is equipped with the latest equipment and has a top speed of 28 knots, and has a lot of towing power
P2: After receiving a Trillium fund grant in 2004, the unit purchased a custom-built 24-foot (seven metre) aluminum hull Stanley with a 350 Mercruiser giving a top speed to 32 knots. The vessel, named Ted Cook after the unit’s second commander, is fitted with jet-drive propulsion allowing for shallow draft operation along the Lake Erie shoreline. It too is fitted with the latest equipment, and is called P2 by the unit
The unit’s first vessel was a 21-foot (six metre) surplus police boat renamed POCOMAR. It put the unit on the water in the 1989 boating season, but proved to be a little too small for the rough waters of Lake Erie.
In 1993, it was replaced by a 27-foot (eight metre) Baja, also named POCOMAR. It served the unit for the remainder of the 90s.
The year 2000 saw a second vessel added to the unit, at the request of the Joint Rescue Coordination Centre, based in Trenton, Ont. It was a 24-foot (seven metre) used Wellcraft, and was named Ted Cook. It was in service until replaced by the Stanley boat in 2004.