HMCS Gaspe (J94)

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Career (Canada)
Name: Gaspe
Namesake: Gaspé Bay
Operator: Royal Canadian Navy
Ordered: 23 August 1937
Builder: Morton Engineering and Dry Dock Co. Quebec City
Commissioned: 21 October 1938
Decommissioned: 27 July 1945
Identification: pennant number: J94
Fate: Sold for mercantile use 1946
General characteristics
Class and type: Fundy-class minesweeper
Displacement: 460 long tons (470 t; 520 short tons)
Length: 163 ft (49.7 m)
Beam: 27.5 ft (8.4 m)
Draught: 14.5 ft (4.4 m)
Speed: 12 knots (22.2 km/h)
Complement: 38
Armament: 1 × 12-pounder

HMCS Gaspe was a Fundy-class minesweeper that served in the Royal Canadian Navy from 1938-1945. She saw service during the Second World War as part of the local defence of Halifax. She was named for Gaspé Bay in Quebec.

Gaspe was ordered on 23 August 1937 as one of four minesweepers ordered for the Royal Canadian Navy.[1] She was laid down on 24 January 1938 by Morton Engineering and Dry Dock Co. at Quebec City and launched 12 August later that year.[1][2] She was commissioned into the Royal Canadian Navy on 21 October 1938 at Quebec City.[2]

Service history[edit]

After commissioning, Gaspe was one of two of the Fundy-class minesweepers assigned to the east coast of Canada. She was stationed at Halifax, Nova Scotia when the war broke out. She served with the Halifax Local Defence Force as a local minesweeper.[2] On 14 January 1945, she picked up 56 survivors of the British tanker British Freedom that was torpedoed and sunk east of Halifax by U-1232.[1] She was paid off on 23 July 1945 at Halifax.[1][2]

Gaspe was sold into mercantile service in 1946 and in 1947 became the tug Sung Li working out of Shanghai.[2][3]

References[edit]

Notes
  1. ^ a b c d "HMCS Gaspe (J94)". uboat.net. Retrieved 27 May 2014. 
  2. ^ a b c d e Macpherson, Ken; Barrie, Ron (2002). Warships of Canada's Naval Forces 1910-2002. St. Catharines: Vanwell Publishing Limtied. p. 33. ISBN 1-55125-072-1. 
  3. ^ Colledge, J. J.; Warlow, Ben (2006) [1969]. Ships of the Royal Navy: The Complete Record of all Fighting Ships of the Royal Navy (Rev. ed.). London: Chatham Publishing. ISBN 978-1-86176-281-8. OCLC 67375475. 
References
  • Macpherson, Ken; Barrie, Ron (2002). Warships of Canada's Naval Forces 1910-2002. St. Catharines: Vanwell Publishing Limtied. ISBN 1-55125-072-1.