Bangor-class minesweeper

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HMS Bangor (J00) during the Second World War
Class overview
Builders: Multiple builders
Operators:  Royal Navy
 Royal Canadian Navy
 Royal Indian Navy
 Imperial Japanese Navy
Preceded by: Halcyon class
Succeeded by: Algerine class
In commission: 7 November 1940 –
Completed: Bangor 14
Blyth 19
Ardrossan 26
General characteristics Bangor (Diesel)
Displacement: 605 tons (RN)
592 tons (RCN)
Length: 162 ft (49.4 m)
Beam: 28 ft (8.5 m)
Draught: 8.25 ft (2.51 m)
Propulsion: 2 shafts, 9-cylinder diesel, 2,000 bhp (1,500 kW)
Speed: 16 knots (30 km/h)
Complement: 60
Armament:

(RN specs):
1 × QF 12-pounder 3 in (76.2 mm) gun
1 × quadruple 0.5 in (12.7 mm) Vickers machine gun Mark III
(RCN specs):
1 × QF 4 in (101.6 mm) gun
1 × 2-pounder Mark VIII

2 × twin 0.303 in (8 mm) machine guns
General characteristics Blyth (Reciprocating)
Displacement: 673 tons
Length: 171.5 ft (52.3 m)
Beam: 28.5 ft (8.7 m)
Draught: 8.25 ft (2.5 m)
Propulsion: 2 Admiralty 3-drum water tube boilers, 2 shafts, vertical triple-expansion reciprocating engines, 2,400 ihp (1,790 kW)
Speed: 16 knots (30 km/h)
Complement: 60 (RN)
70 (RCN)
87 (RIN)
Armament:

(RN specs):
1 × QF 12-pounder 3 in (76.2 mm) gun
1 × quadruple 0.5 in (12.7 mm) Vickers machine gun / single QF 2-pounder Mark VIII
(RCN specs):
1 × QF 4 in (101.6 mm) gun
1 × QF 2-pounder Mark VIII
2 × twin 0.303 in (7.70 mm) machine guns
(RIN specs):
1 × QF 12-pounder 3 in (76.2 mm) gun

3 × single Oerlikon 20 mm guns
General characteristics Ardrossan (Turbine)
Displacement: 656 tons
Length: 174 ft (53.0 m)
Beam: 28.5 ft (8.7 m)
Draught: 8.25 ft (2.5 m)
Propulsion: 2 Admiralty 3-drum water tube boilers, 2 shafts coupled to steam turbines, 2,000 shp (1,500 kW)
Speed: 16 knots (30 km/h)
Complement: 60 (RN)
87 (RIN)
Armament:

(RN specs):
1 × QF 12-pounder 3 in (76.2 mm) gun
1 × quadruple 0.5 in (12.7 mm) Vickers machine gun / single QF 2-pounder Mark VIII
(RIN specs):
1 × QF 12-pounder 3 in (76.2 mm) gun

3 × single Oerlikon 20 mm guns

The Bangor-class minesweepers were a class of warships operated by the Royal Navy (RN), Royal Canadian Navy (RCN), Imperial Japanese Navy (IJN), and Royal Indian Navy (RIN) during the Second World War.

The class derives its name from the lead ship, HMS Bangor (J00), which was launched on 19 February 1940 and commissioned on 7 November of that year. Royal Navy ships were named after coastal towns of the United Kingdom.

Their lack of size gave them poor sea handling abilities, reportedly worse even than the Flower class corvettes. The diesel-engined versions were considered to have poorer handling characteristics than the slow-speed reciprocating-engined variants. Their shallow draft made them unstable and their short hulls tended to bury the bow when operating in a head sea.

The Bangor-class vessels were also considered overcrowded, cramming six officers and over 90 ratings into a vessel originally intended for a total of 40.

Despite claims to the contrary, the Australian Bathurst-class corvette was a wholly Australian design, and not based on the Bangor class.[1]

Design and development[edit]

The original intent of the Bangor-class minesweeper design was to provide a coastal equivalent of the Halcyon-class minesweeper; however the realities brought to light by the start of the war caused a modification of the design before construction had started.

The need for quick construction coupled with the limitations of engineering resources resulted in several variations existing based on the availability of propulsion machinery. The ships all had twin screws, but the machinery was a mix of steam turbine, slow-speed steam reciprocating, high-speed steam reciprocating and diesel. The diesel powered examples were about 20 feet (6 m) shorter than the rest as they had no need for boiler rooms. Displacement varied with propulsion machinery from 590 to 672 tons. The reciprocating engine powered Bangors were also known as the Blyth class and the steam turbine powered versions as the Ardrossan class.

The class was considered cramped for the purposes it was built for, with not enough room provided for the acoustic and magnetic minesweeping gear carried.[2]

Ships in class[edit]

Diesel-engined[edit]

Royal Navy
Ship Builder Laid Down Launched Commissioned Paid Off Fate
HMS Bangor (J00) Harland & Wolff, Belfast 19 September 1939 23 May 1940 7 November 1940 1945 Sold to Norway as the Glomma in 1946, stricken in 1961
HMS Blackpool (J27) Harland & Wolff, Belfast 19 September 1940 4 July 1940 3 February 1941 1945 Sold to Norway as the Tana in 1946, stricken in 1961
HMS Bridlington (J65) William Denny and Brothers, Dumbarton 11 September 1939 29 February 1940 28 September 1940 Transferred to the Royal Air Force (RAF) in 1946. Sold for scrap at Plymouth on 6 May 1958.
HMS Bridport (J50) William Denny and Brothers 11 September 1939 29 February 1940 28 November 1940 1945 Sold in 1946, scrapped at Plymouth on 6 May 1948
Royal Canadian Navy
Ship Original Pennant Number Builder Laid Down Launched Commissioned Paid Off Fate
HMCS Brockville (J270) J270 Marine Industries Limited, Sorel 9 December 1940 20 June 1941 19 September 1942 28 August 1945 Transferred to the RCMP as the Patrol Vessel MacLeod in 1945. Transferred back to the RCN in 1951 and decommissioned in 1958. Sold to J.A.L. Steamships, Wallaceburg in 1961 and scrapped.
HMCS Digby (J267) J267 Davie Shipbuilding, Lauzon 20 March 1941 5 June 1942 26 July 1942 31 July 1945 Transferred to the RCMP as the Patrol Vessel Perry in 1945. Transferred back to the RCN in 1953 and decommissioned in 1958.
HMCS Esquimalt (J272) J272 Marine Industries Limited; Sorel, Quebec 20 December 1940 8 August 1941 26 October 1942 16 April 1945 Torpedoed and sunk on 16 April 1945 by U-190 5 nautical miles (9 km) off Chebucto Head at 44-28N, 63-10W. 44 crew lost, 26 survived.
HMCS Granby (J264) J264 Davie Shipbuilding, Lauzon 17 December 1940 6 September 1941 2 May 1942 31 July 1945 Recommissioned by the RCN in 1953 and decommissioned in 1966
HMCS Lachine (J266) J266 Davie Shipbuilding, Lauzon 27 December 1940 14 June 1941 20 June 1942 31 July 1945 Rebuilt as a rescue ship in 1945, transferred to the RCMP as the Patrol Vessel Starnes in 1950. Sold as the mercantile vessel Jack's Bay in 1952.
HMCS Melville (J263) J263 Davie Shipbuilding, Lauzon 17 December 1940 6 July 1941 4 December 1941 18 August 1945 Transferred to the RCMP as the Patrol Vessel Cygnus in 1945. Scrapped in 1961.
HMCS Noranda (J265) J265 Davie Shipbuilding, Lauzon 27 December 1940 13 June 1941 15 May 1942 28 August 1945 Transferred to the RCMP as the Patrol Vessel Irvine in 1945. Sold in 1962 and became the yacht Miranda. Foundered in Montego Bay in 1972 and was scrapped.
HMCS Stratford (J310) J310 Davie Shipbuilding, Lauzon 29 October 1941 14 Feb 1942 29 August 1942 1 April 1946 Sold in 1947
HMCS Transcona (J271) J271 Marine Industries Limited; Sorel, Quebec 18 December 1940 26 April 1941 25 November 1942 31 July 1945 Transferred to the RCMP as the Patrol Vessel French in 1945. Scrapped in 1961.
HMCS Trois Rivières (J269) J269 Davie Shipbuilding, Lauzon 9 December 1940 30 June 1941 8 December 1942 31 July 1945 Transferred to the RCMP as the Patrol Vessel MacBrien in 1945. Scrapped in 1959.
HMCS Truro (J268) J268 Davie Shipbuilding, Lauzon 20 March 1941 5 June 1942 27 August 1942 31 July 1945 Transferred to the RCMP as the Patrol Vessel Herchmer in 1945. Sold as the mercantile vessel Gulf Mariner; scrapped in 1964.

Turbine-engined[edit]

Royal Navy
Ship Builder Laid Down Launched Commissioned Paid Off Fate
HMS Ardrossan (J131) Blyth Shipbuilding, Blyth 6 September 1940 22 July 1941 21 May 1942 Sold on 1 Jan 1948 and scrapped at Thornaby on 29 Aug 1948
HMS Beaumaris (J07) Ailsa Shipbuilding Company, Troon 31 December 1939 31 October 1940 28 August 1941 Sold on 1 Jan 1948 and scrapped at Milford Haven
HMS Bootle (J143) Ailsa Shipbuilding Company, Troon 31 August 1940 23 October 1941 3 April 1942 Sold on 1 Jan 1948 and scrapped at Charlestown, Fife in June 1949
HMS Boston (J14) Ailsa Shipbuilding Company, Troon 27 November 1939 30 December 1940 26 January 1942 Sold on 1 Jan 1948 and scrapped at Charlestown, Fife in June 1949
HMS Brixham (J105) Blyth Shipbuilding; Blyth, Northumberland 6 November 1940 21 October 1941 19 August 1942 Scrapped on 7 Jul 1948 at Dunston
HMS Clacton (J151) Ailsa Shipbuilding Company, Troon 12 November 1940 19 December 1941 4 June 1942 31 December 1943 Struck a mine and sank east of Corsica on 31 Dec 1943. Three officers and 29 crew died.
HMS Cromarty (J09) Blyth Shipbuilding; Blyth, Northumberland 12 June 1940 24 February 1941 13 December 1941 23 October 1943 Struck a mine and sank in Strait of Bonifacio on 23 Oct 1943
HMS Dornoch (J173) Ailsa Shipbuilding Company, Troon 13 January 1941 4 February 1942 22 July 1942 Sold on 1 Jan 1948. Scrapped at Thornaby.
HMS Dunbar (J53) Blyth Shipbuilding; Blyth, Northumberland 21 June 1940 5 June 1941 3 March 1942 Sold on 1 Jan 1948. Scrapped at Southampton.
HMS Greenock (J182) Blyth Shipbuilding; Blyth, Northumberland 28 July 1941 11 May 1942 Never served in the Royal Navy. She was transferred to the Royal Indian Navy before completion to become HMIS Baluchistan (J182).
HMS Hartlepool (J155) Blyth Shipbuilding; Blyth, Northumberland 28 October 1941 14 July 1942 Never served in the Royal Navy. She was transferred to the Royal Indian Navy before completion to become HMIS Kathiawar (J155).
HMS Harwich (J190) William Hamilton and Company, Port Glasgow 10 December 1940 17 February 1942 Never served in the Royal Navy. She was transferred to the Royal Indian Navy before completion to become HMIS Khyber (J190).
HMS Hythe (J194) Ailsa Shipbuilding Company, Troon 20 July 1940 4 September 1941 5 March 1942 11 October 1943 Torpedoed and sunk by U-371 at 01h09 on 11 Oct 1943 off Bougie, Algeria at 37–04 N, 05-00 E.
HMS Ilfracombe (J95) William Hamilton and Company, Port Glasgow 11 October 1939 29 January 1941 20 August 1941 Sold on 1 Jan 1948. Scrapped at Dunston.
HMS Llandudno (J67) William Hamilton and Company, Port Glasgow 20 Oct 1939 8 November 1941 29 March 1942 Sold in 1947 as the mercantile ship Rorvik. Scrapped in 1952.
HMS Lyme Regis (J193) Lobnitz & Co. 9 September 1941 19 March 1942 5 June 1942 Scrapped at Sunderland on 24 Aug 1948.
HMS Middlesbrough (J164) William Hamilton and Company 12 December 1940 2 May 1942 Never served in the Royal Navy. She was transferred to the Royal Indian Navy before completion to become HMIS Kumaon (J164).
HMS Newhaven (J199) William Hamilton and Company, Port Glasgow 28 March 1941 29 July 1942 Never served in the Royal Navy. She was transferred to the Royal Indian Navy before completion to become HMIS Carnatic (J199).
HMS Padstow (J180) William Hamilton and Company, Port Glasgow 29 August 1941 29 October 1942 Never served in the Royal Navy. She was transferred to the Royal Indian Navy before completion to become HMIS Rohilkand (J180).
HMS Polruan (J97) Ailsa Shipbuilding Company, Troon 6 November 1939 18 July 1940 9 May 1940 Scrapped at Sunderland in June 1950
HMS Poole (J147) Alexander Stephen and Sons 25 July 1940 25 Jun 1941 8 Nov 1941 Sold on 1 January 1948. Scrapped at Pembroke Dock.
HMS Rothesay (J19) William Hamilton and Company, Port Glasgow 29 September 1939 18 March 1941 3 July 1941 Sold on 19 April 1950. Scrapped at Milford Haven.
HMS Rye (J76) Ailsa Shipbuilding Company, Troon 27 November 1939 19 August 1940 20 November 1941 Sold on 24 August 1948. Scrapped at Purfleet in September 1948.
HMS Tenby (J34) William Hamilton and Company, Port Glasgow 29 September 1939 10 September 1941 8 December 1941 Sold on 1 January 1948. Scrapped at Dunston.
HMS Whitehaven (J121) Philip and Son, Dartmouth, Devon 24 July 1940 29 May 1941 14 November 1941 Sold on 14 Aug 1948. Scrapped at Briton Ferry.
HMS Worthing (J72) Philip and Son; Dartmouth, Devon 15 November 1940 22 August 1941 20 March 1942 Sold on 7 July 1948. Scrapped at Dunston.
Royal Indian Navy
Ship Original Pennant Number Builder Laid Down Launched Commissioned Paid Off Fate
HMIS Baluchistan (J182) J182 Blyth Shipbuilding, Blyth 28 July 1941 11 May 1942 28 October 1942 Formerly HMS Greenock (J182), She was transferred to the RIN before completion. She was sold to Pakistan in 1947. Scrapped on 22 Jan 1959.
HMIS Carnatic (J199) J199 William Hamilton and Company, Port Glasgow 28 March 1941 29 July 1942 27 October 1942 Formerly HMS Newhaven (J199), She was transferred to the RIN before completion. Scrapped in 1949.
HMIS Kathiawar (J155) J155 Blyth Shipbuilding, Blyth, Northumberland 28 October 1941 14 July 1942 23 December 1942 Formerly HMS Hartlepool (J155), she was transferred to RIN before completion. She was sold to Pakistan in 1947 as Chittagong. Scrapped in 1956.
HMIS Khyber (J190) J190 William Hamilton and Company, Port Glasgow 10 December 1940 17 February 1942 12 August 1942 Formerly HMS Harwich (J190), she was transferred to the RIN before completion. Scrapped in 1949.
HMIS Kumaon (J164) J164 William Hamilton and Company, Port Glasgow 12 December 1940 2 May 1942 30 November 1942 Formerly HMS Middlesbrough (J164), she was transferred to the RIN before completion. Scrapped in 1949.
HMIS Rohilkand (J180) J180 William Hamilton and Company, Port Glasgow 29 August 1941 29 October 1942 5 February 1943 Formerly HMS Padstow (J180), she was transferred to the RIN before completion. Scrapped in 1961.

Reciprocating-engined[edit]

HMS Cromer, an example of a reciprocating-engined Bangor Class minesweeper
Royal Navy
Ship Builder Laid Down Launched Commissioned Paid Off Fate
HMS Bayfield (J08) North Vancouver Ship Repairs, North Vancouver 30 December 1940 26 May 1941 She was transferred to the Royal Canadian Navy before completion to become HMCS Bayfield (J08)
HMS Blyth (J15) Blyth Shipbuilding, Blyth 11 January 1940 2 September 1940 17 June 1941 Sold on 25 May 1948 as the mercantile ship Radbourne; her conversion was never completed; she was scrapped
HMS Bude (J116) Lobnitz and Company, Renfrew 2 April 1940 4 September 1940 12 February 1941 Sold to Egypt in 1946 as the Nasr
HMS Canso (J21) North Vancouver Ship Repairs; North Vancouver, British Columbia 30 December 1940 2 June 1941 She was transferred to the Royal Canadian Navy upon completion to become HMCS Canso (J21)
HMS Clydebank (J200) Lobnitz and Company, Renfrew 15 May 1941 20 November 1941 She was transferred to the Royal Indian Navy before completion to become HMIS Orissa (J200)
HMS Caraquet (J38) North Vancouver Ship Repairs; North Vancouver, British Columbia 31 January 1941 2 June 1941 She was transferred to the Royal Canadian Navy upon completion to become HMCS Caraquet (J38)
HMS Cromer (J128) Lobnitz and Company,Renfrew 16 May 1940 7 October 1940 4 April 1941 9 November 1942 She struck a mine and sank on 9 November 1942 off Marsa Matruh, Egypt at 31-26N, 27-16E
HMS Eastbourne (J127) Lobnitz and Company, Renfrew 29 June 1940 5 November 1940 26 May 1941 She was sold on 28 Sep 1948 and scrapped at Dunston in Oct 1948
HMS Felixstowe (J126) Lobnitz and Company, Renfrew 8 August 1940 15 January 1941 11 July 1941 18 December 1943 She struck a mine and sank on 18 Dec 1943 off Capo Ferro, Sardinia at 41-10N, 09-40E
HMS Fort York (J119) Dufferin Shipbuilding, Toronto 26 February 1941 24 August 1941 27 February 1942 Sold to Portugal on 26 Sep 1950 as Commandate Almeida Carvalho
HMS Fraserburgh (J124) Lobnitz and Company, Renfrew 8 August 1940 12 May 1941 23 September 1941 She was sold on 1 Jan 1948, scrapped at Thornaby on 3 Jan 1948.
HMS Guysborough (J52) North Vancouver Ship Repairs; North Vancouver, British Columbia 28 May 1941 21 July 1941 Transferred to the Royal Canadian Navy upon completion to become HMCS Guysborough (J52)
HMS Ingonish (J69) North Vancouver Ship Repairs; North Vancouver, British Columbia 6 June 1941 30 July 1941 2 July 1945 Transferred to Royal Canadian Navy upon completion to become HMCS Ingonish (J69). Returned to the Royal Navy on 2 Jul 1945. Sold on 1 Jan 1948.
HMS Lantan (J208) Hong Kong and Whampoa Dock, Hong Kong 22 Jul 1941 Laid down as HMS Beaulieu (J208), renamed HMS Lantan in September 1941 while under construction. Captured on the stocks by the Japanese at the Fall of Hong Kong. Completed by the Japanese as the mercantile Gyosei Maru in 1942, renamed Shima Maru in 1943.
HMS Lockeport (J100) North Vancouver Ship Repairs; North Vancouver, British Columbia 17 June 1941 22 August 1941 2 July 1945 Transferred to the Royal Canadian Navy upon completion to become HMCS Lockeport (J100). Returned to the Royal Navy on 2 Jul 1945. Sold 1 Jan 1948.
HMS Lyemun (J209) Hong Kong and Whampoa Dock, Hong Kong 22 July 1941 Laid down as HMS Looe (J209), renamed HMS Lyemun in September 1941 while under construction. Captured on the stocks by the Japanese at the Fall of Hong Kong. Completed by the Japanese as the Imperial Japanese Navy gunboat Nanyo, sunk by American aircraft in the Formosa Strait 23 Dec 1943.
HMS Lyme Regis (J197) Lobnitz and Company 21 June 1941 31 December 1941 Transferred to Royal Indian Navy before completion to become HMIS Rajputana (J197)
HMS Parrsborough (J117) Dufferin Shipbuilding, Toronto 19 March 1941 26 June 1941 27 May 1942 Sold on 1 Jan 1948
HMS Peterhead (J59) Blyth Shipbuilding; Blyth, Northumberland 15 February 1940 31 October 1940 11 September 1941 Struck a mine off Normandy on 8 Jun 1944 during Operation Neptune. Declared a constructive total loss, salvaged and sold on 1 Jan 1948. Scrapped at Pembroke in May 1948.
HMS Qualicum (J138) Dufferin Shipbuilding, Toronto 8 April 1941 3 September 1941 13 May 1942 Sold on 9 Feb 1948
HMS Rhyl (J36) Lobnitz and Company, Renfrew 23 November 1939 21 June 1940 9 November 1940 Sold on 28 Sep 1948. Scrapped at Gateshead in Oct 1948.
HMS Romney (J77) Lobnitz and Company, Renfrew 27 February 1940 3 August 1940 12 December 1940 Sold on 18 Jan 1950. Scrapped at Granton in February 1950.
HMS Seaham (J123) Lobnitz and Company, Renfrew 15 October 1940 16 June 1941 19 December 1941 Transferred to Fishery Protection Service in 1946. Sold to Burma on 11 August 1947 as a pilot and survey vessel Chinthe. Sunk in 1948 by an uncharted Japanese mine.
HMS Shippigan (J212) Dufferin Shipbuilding, Toronto 19 April 1941 12 August 1941 17 June 1942 Sold on 1 Jan 1948
HMS Sidmouth (J47) Henry Robb, Leith 11 June 1940 15 March 1941 4 August 1941 Sold on 18 Jan 1950. Scrapped at Charlestown, Fife.
HMS Stornoway (J31) Henry Robb, Leith 17 July 1940 10 June 1941 17 November 1941 Sold to Egypt on 11 Sep 1946 as the Matruh.
HMS Tadoussac (J220) Dufferin Shipbuilding, Toronto 17 April 1941 2 August 1941 28 March 1942 Sold on 18 Oct 1946 as a mercantile ship
HMS Taitam (J210) Taikoo Dockyard, Hong Kong 12 July 1941 Laid down as HMS Portland (J210), was renamed HMS Taitam in September 1941 while under construction. Captured on the stocks by the Japanese at the Fall of Hong Kong when 60% complete. Launched 20 February 1943. Completed and Commissioned by the Japanese as Imperial Japanese Navy minesweeper No. 101 at Hong Kong 10 April 1944, sunk by American aircraft off Cape Padaran on 12 Jan 1945.
HMS Tilbury (J228) Lobnitz and Company, Renfrew 15 August 1941 18 February 1942 Transferred to the Royal Indian Navy before completion to become HMIS Konkan (J228).
HMS Waglan (J211) Taikoo Dockyard, Hong Kong 12 July 1941 Laid down as HMS Seaford (J211), was renamed HMS Waglan in September 1941 while under construction. Captured on the stocks by the Japanese at the Fall of Hong Kong when only 30% complete. Launched 20 March 1943. Completed and Commissioned by the Japanese as Imperial Japanese Navy minesweeper No. 102 at Hong Kong 28 September 1944, damaged by American aircraft off Keelung on 3 Feb 1945. Used by Allied Minesweeping Service beginning 1 December 1945, Returned to Royal Navy 20 November 1947. Scrapped in Tokyo 31 March 1948.
HMS Wedgeport (J139) Dufferin Shipbuilding, Toronto 29 April 1941 2 August 1941 21 April 1942 Sold on 11 Sep 1946 to Egypt as the Sollum. Lost on 7 April 1953 in heavy weather off Alexandria.
Royal Canadian Navy
Ship Original Pennant Number Builder Laid Down Launched Commissioned Paid Off Fate
HMCS Bayfield (J08) J08 North Vancouver Ship Repairs, North Vancouver, British Columbia 30 December 1940 26 May 1941 26 February 1942 24 February 1945 Formerly HMS Bayfield (J08), transferred to the RCN upon completion. Scrapped in Jan 1948 at Gateshead.
HMCS Bellechasse (J170) J170 Burrard Dry Dock, North Vancouver 16 April 1941 20 October 1941 13 December 1941 23 October 1945 Sold in 1946
HMCS Blairmore (J314) J314 Port Arthur Shipbuilding Company, Port Arthur, Ontario 1 February 1942 14 May 1942 17 November 1942 Decommissioned on 16 Oct 1945. Recommissioned in 1949 with pennant J193. Sold to Turkey in 1958 as the Beycoz in 1971.
HMCS Burlington (J250) J250 Dufferin Shipbuilding, Toronto, Ontario 4 July 1940 23 November 1941 6 September 1941 23 October 1945 Sold in 1946
HMCS Canso (J21) J21 North Vancouver Ship Repairs, North Vancouver 30 December 1940 9 June 1941 6 March 1942 24 September 1945 Formerly HMS Canso (J21), transferred to RCN upon completion. Sold in January 1948.
HMCS Caraquet (J38) J38 North Vancouver Ship Repairs; North Vancouver, British Columbia 31 January 1941 2 June 1941 2 April 1942 26 September 1945 Formerly HMS Caraquet (J38), transferred to the RCN upon completion. Sold in 1946 to Portugal as the Almirante Lacerda. Sold in 1975.
HMCS Chedabucto (J168) J168 Burrard Dry Dock; North Vancouver, British Columbia 24 January 1941 14 April 1941 27 September 1941 31 October 1943 Sank after colliding with the cable vessel Lord Kelvin in the St. Lawrence River at 48-14N, 69-16W.
HMCS Chignecto (J160) J160 North Vancouver Ship Repairs; North Vancouver, British Columbia 9 November 1940 12 December 1940 31 October 1941 3 November 1945 Scrapped in 1957
HMCS Clayoquot (J174) J174 Prince Rupert Dry Dock and Shipyards, Prince Rupert, British Columbia 20 June 1940 3 October 1940 22 August 1941 24 December 1944 Torpedoed at 44-25N, 63-20W off the approaches to Halifax while escorting convoy XB-139 by U-806 at 14h37 on 24 Dec 1944. Eight crewmembers died.
HMCS Courtney (J262) J262 Prince Rupert Dry Dock and Shipyards; Prince Rupert, British Columbia 28 January 1941 2 August 1941 21 March 1942 5 November 1945 Scrapped on 3 Apr 1946
HMCS Cowichan (J146) J146 North Vancouver Ship Repairs; North Vancouver, British Columbia 24 April 1940 8 September 1940 7 April 1941 10 September 1945 Sold in 1946 to Greece as the Cowichan. Sold in 1956.
HMCS Drummondville (J253) J146 Canadian Vickers, Montreal, Quebec 1 October 1940 21 May 1941 30 October 1941 Decommissioned on 29 Oct 1945. Recommissioned 1949 with pennant J181.
HMCS Fort William (J311) J311 Port Arthur Shipbuilding Company; Port Arthur, Ontario 18 August 1941 30 December 1941 25 August 1942 23 October 1945 Sold in 1957 to Turkey as the Bodrum. Sold in 1971.
HMCS Gananoque (J259) J259 Dufferin Shipbuilding, Toronto 15 January 1941 23 April 1941 8 November 1941 Decommissioned on 13 Oct 1945. Recommissioned in 1949 with pennant J184. Sold in February 1959.
HMCS Georgian (J144) J144 Dufferin Shipbuilding, Toronto 10 October 1940 28 January 1941 23 September 1941 23 October 1945 Sold in February 1959
HMCS Goderich (J260) J260 Dufferin Shipbuilding, Toronto 15 January 1941 14 May 1941 23 November 1941 Decommissioned on 6 Nov 1945. Recommissioned in 1949 with pennant J198. Sold in February 1959.
HMCS Grandmere (J258) J258 Canadian Vickers, Montreal 2 June 1941 21 August 1941 11 December 1941 23 October 1945 Sold in 1947 as the mercantile Elda
HMCS Guysborough (J52) J52 North Vancouver Ship Repairs; North Vancouver, British Columbia 28 May 1941 21 July 1941 22 April 1942 17 March 1945 Formerly HMS Guysborough (J52), transferred to the RCN upon completion. Torpedoed at 46-43N, 09-30W off the Bay of Biscay while escorting a convoy by U-868 at 18h50 on 17 Mar 1945. 51 crewmembers died.
HMCS Ingonish (J69) J69 North Vancouver Ship Repairs; North Vancouver, British Columbia 6 June 1941 30 July 1941 5 August 1942 2 July 1945 Formerly HMS Ingonish (J69), transferred to the RCN upon completion. Returned to the RN on 2 Jul 1945.
HMCS Kelowna (J261) J261 Prince Rupert Dry Dock and Shipyards; Prince Rupert, British Columbia 27 December 1940 28 May 1941 5 February 1942 22 October 1945 Sold in 1946 as the mercantile Condor. Resold in 1950 as the mercantile Hung Shin.
HMCS Kenora (J281) J281 Port Arthur Shipbuilding Company; Port Arthur, Ontario 18 August 1941 20 December 1941 6 August 1942 Decommissioned on 6 October 1945. Recommissioned in 1949 with pennant J191. Decommissioned in 1957 and sold to Turkey as the Bandirma. Sold in 1972.
HMCS Kentville (J312) J312 Port Arthur Shipbuilding Company; Port Arthur, Ontario 15 December 1941 17 April 1942 10 October 1942 Decommissioned on 28 October 1945. Recommissioned in 1949 with pennant J182. Decommissioned in 1957 and sold to Turkey as the Bartin. Sold in 1972.
HMCS Lockeport (J100) J312 North Vancouver Ship Repairs; North Vancouver, British Columbia 17 June 1941 22 August 1941 27 May 1942 2 July 1945 Formerly HMS Lockeport (J100), transferred to the RCN upon completion. Returned to the RN on 2 July 1945.
HMCS Mahone (J159) J159 North Vancouver Ship Repairs; North Vancouver, British Columbia 23 February 1940 13 August 1940 14 November 1940 29 September 1941 Decommissioned on 6 November 1945. Recommissioned in 1949 with pennant J192. Decommissioned in 1958 and sold to Turkey as the Beylerbeyi. Sold in 1972.
HMCS Malpeque (J148) J148 North Vancouver Ship Repairs; North Vancouver, British Columbia 24 April 1940 5 September 1940 8 April 1941 Decommissioned on 9 October 1945. Recommissioned in 1949 with pennant J186. Sold in February 1959.
HMCS Medicine Hat (J256) J256 Canadian Vickers; Montreal, Quebec 1 January 1941 25 June 1941 4 December 1941 Decommissioned on 6 November 1945. Recommissioned in 1949 with pennant J197. Decommissioned in 1957 and sold to Turkey as the Biga. Sold in 1963.
HMCS Milltown (J317) J317 Port Arthur Shipbuilding Company; Port Arthur, Ontario 18 August 1941 27 January 1942 18 September 1942 Decommissioned on 18 October 1945. Recommissioned in 1949 with pennant J194. Sold in February 1959.
HMCS Minas (J165) J165 Burrard Dry Dock; Vancouver, British Columbia 18 October 1940 22 January 1941 2 August 1941 Decommissioned on 6 October 1945. Recommissioned in 1949 with pennant J189. Scrapped in August 1959.
HMCS Miramichi (J169) J169 Burrard Dry Dock; Vancouver, British Columbia 3 November 1940 2 September 1941 26 November 1941 24 October 1945
HMCS Mulgrave (J313) J313 Port Arthur Shipbuilding Company; Port Arthur, Ontario 15 December 1941 2 May 1942 4 November 1942 6 July 1945 Struck a mine in the English Channel off Le Havre on 8 October 1944 and badly damaged, not repaired. Scrapped in May 1947.
HMCS Nipigon (J154) J154 Dufferin Shipbuilding; Toronto, Ontario 4 July 1940 1 October 1940 8 November 1941 Decommissioned on 13 October 1945. Recommissioned in 1949 with pennant J188. Decommissioned in 1957 and sold to Turkey as the Bafra. Sold in 1972.
HMCS Outarde (J161) J161 North Vancouver Ship Repairs; North Vancouver, British Columbia 15 October 1940 27 January 1941 4 December 1941 24 November 1945 Sold into mercantile service in 1946
HMCS Port Hope (J280) J280 Davie Shipbuilding, Lauzon 9 September 1941 14 December 1941 30 July 1942 Decommissioned 13 October 1945. Recommissioned in 1949 with pennant J183. Sold in February 1959.
HMCS Quatsino (J152) J152 Prince Rupert Dry Dock and Shipyards; Prince Rupert, British Columbia 20 June 1940 1 September 1941 3 November 1941 26 November 1945 Sold in 1946 to China as the Chen Hsin
HMCS Quinte (J166) J166 Burrard Dry Dock; Vancouver, British Columbia 14 December 1940 3 August 1941 30 August 1941 25 October 1946 Scrapped in August 1947
HMCS Red Deer (J255) J255 Canadian Vickers; Montreal, Quebec 1 January 1941 5 October 1941 24 November 1941 Decommissioned on 30 October 1945. Recommissioned in 1949 with pennant J196. Sold in February 1959.
HMCS Sarnia (J309) J309 Davie Shipbuilding; Lauzon, Quebec 18 September 1941 21 January 1942 13 August 1942 Decommissioned on 18 October 1945. Recommissioned in 1949 with pennant J190. Decommissioned in 1957 and sold to Turkey as the Buyukdere. Sold in 1972.
HMCS Stratford (J310) J310 Davie Shipbuilding; Lauzon, Quebec 29 October 1941 14 February 1942 29 August 1942 1 April 1946 Sold in 1947.
HMCS Swift Current (J254) J254 Canadian Vickers; Montreal, Quebec 1 October 1940 29 May 1941 11 November 1941 23 October 1945 Decommissioned on 23 October 1945. Recommissioned in 1949 with pennant J185. Decommissioned in 1957 and sold to Turkey as the Bozcaada. Sold in 1972.
HMCS Thunder (J156) J156 Canadian Vickers; Montreal, Quebec 4 December 1940 19 March 1941 14 October 1941 4 October 1945
HMCS Ungava (J149) J149 North Vancouver Ship Repairs; North Vancouver, British Columbia 24 April 1940 9 October 1940 9 May 1941 3 April 1946
HMCS Vegreville (J257) J257 Canadian Vickers; Montreal, Quebec 2 June 1941 7 October 1941 10 December 1941 6 June 1945 Scrapped in 1947
HMCS Wasaga (J162) J162 Burrard Dry Dock; Vancouver, British Columbia 3 September 1940 23 January 1941 30 June 1941 6 October 1945 Scrapped 3 April 1946
HMCS Westmount (J318) J318 Davie Shipbuilding; Lauzon, Quebec 28 October 1941 14 March 1942 15 September 1942 Decommissioned on 13 October 1945. Recommissioned in 1949 with pennant J187. Decommissioned in 1957 and sold to Turkey as the Bornova. Sold in 1972.
Royal Indian Navy
Ship Original Pennant Number Builder Laid Down Launched Commissioned Paid Off Fate
HMIS Bihar (J247) J247 Garden Reach Shipbuilders & Engineers, Kolkata 7 June 1941 7 July 1942 27 February 1944 Scrapped in 1949
HMIS Deccan (J129) J129 Garden Reach Shipbuilders & Engineers, Kolkata 24 April 1944 Sold in 1949 as the mercantile Kennery
HMIS Konkan (J228) J228 Lobnitz and Company, Renfrew 15 August 1941 18 February 1942 12 June 1942 Formerly HMS Tilbury (J228), transferred to the RIN before completion. Sold in 1949; scrapped in 1963.
HMIS Malwa (J55) J55 Garden Reach Shipbuilders & Engineers, Kolkata 21 June 1944 Transferred in 1948 to Pakistan as Peshawar. Sold on 22 Jan 1959.
HMIS Orissa (J200) J200 Lobnitz and Company, Renfrew 15 May 1941 20 November 1941 14 May 1942 Formerly HMS Clydebank (J200), transferred to the RIN before completion. Scrapped in 1949.
HMIS Oudh (J245) J245 Garden Reach Shipbuilders & Engineers, Kolkata 3 March 1942 Transferred in 1948 to Pakistan as Dacca. Sold on 22 Jan 1959.
HMIS Rajputana (J197) J197 Lobnitz and Company, Renfrew 21 June 1941 31 December 1941 30 April 1942 Formerly HMS Lyme Regis (J197), transferred to the RIN before completion. Scrapped in 1961.

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References and notes[edit]

  1. ^ Brown, D.K. (2000). Nelson to Vanguard: Warship Design and Development 1923-1945. Naval Institute Press. ISBN 155750492X. 
  2. ^ Conway's All the World's Fighting Ships 1922-1946. Rutledge Publishing. 1980. p. 64. ISBN 0831703032. 
  • Warships of World War II, by H. T. Lenton & J. J. Colledge, pub. Ian Allen Ltd.

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