For sale: icebreaker, fully loaded, very little rust

A former coast guard icebreaker – now in private hands in Newfoundland – is for sale on eBay.

Looking for a bargain on eBay? The former Canadian Coast Guard icebreaker Sir Humphrey Gilbert – now in private hands and docked at Clarenville, Nfld. – is for sale through the online auction site.

As of Friday afternoon, no would-be buyer had posted even the minimum starting bid of $1 million US, let alone the undisclosed reserve price. That is the price below which the seller, Dan Burry, won't part with the 73-metre-long ship.

Now called Polar Prince, the icebreaker has four eight-cylinder diesel engines, three cranes, accommodation for 52 people and a helicopter landing pad.

It was built for the government in 1959 at Lauzon, Que. It has been owned since 2002 by Burry's company, Star Line Inc. of Clarenville.

The ship is listed on eBay as a "medium Class 100A" Arctic icebreaker in "excellent condition." Burry says it could be used for research or as a floating hotel, and would be perfect for touring icy Arctic destinations.

"Buyer responsible for vehicle pick-up or shipping," the listing specifies.

Burry doesn't think an icebreaker is a strange thing to sell on the internet. "You can buy things on there you'd never expect," he said.

So far, he said, he's had one inquiry – from Asia.