Built as a Buoy Tender in 1960 by Burrard DDN, Vancouver BC as Yard No 306 the Simon Fraser has a length of 62.28m, 12.8m beam and 4.27m draft.
The Fraser is powered by two Diesel Electric 2-cylinder Alco diesel engines via two propellers giving a speed of 13.8 knots and range of 5000nm at this speed or 5800nm at 10 knots, her original complement was 24.
She was sold by the Canadian Authorities via Crown Assets Disposal for $251,000 and when photographed was in the process of being turned into a luxury yacht by Exploration Commercial Charter Yachts of Livorno. The Fraser underwent general maintenance and was confirmed as being seaworthy at the Woodside dock in Dartmouth, N.S. before leaving for Livorno via Bermuda.
The ice-class vessels multimillion-dollar refurbishment will see extensive changes to her superstructure and interiors.The vessel will be used for charters and being an ice-class ship could be used for expeditions to the Arctic or Antarctic.