HMCS Nootka (J35)

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For other ships of the same name, see HMCS Nootka.
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Career (Canada)
Name: Nootka
Namesake: Nootka Sound
Operator: Royal Canadian Navy
Ordered: 23 August 1937
Builder: Yarrows Ltd., Esquimalt
Laid down: 1 February 1938
Launched: 26 September 1938
Commissioned: 6 December 1938
Decommissioned: 29 July 1945
Renamed: Nanoose 1943
Identification: pennant number: J35
Fate: Sold for commercial service 1946.
General characteristics
Class & 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 Nootka was a Fundy-class minesweeper that served in the Royal Canadian Navy from 1938-1945. She saw service during the Second World War as a local minesweeper working out of Halifax. She was named for Nootka Sound. In 1943 she was renamed HMCS Nanoose to allow the unit name Nootka to be used by the destroyer HMCS Nootka.

Nootka was ordered on 23 August 1937.[1] She was laid down on 1 February 1938 by Yarrows Ltd. at Esquimalt and launched 26 September later that year.[1] She was commissioned into the Royal Canadian Navy on 6 December 1938 at Esquimalt.[2]

Service history[edit]

After commissioning, Nootka was assigned to Esquimalt. When the Second World War commenced, she remained a part of the Esquimalt force, performing local patrol duties. In March 1940, she and her sister, HMCS Comox, transferred to the east coast, joining the Halifax Local Defence Force upon arrival.[2] She performed local patrol and minesweeping duties in and around Halifax harbour. She spent the rest of the war in this service.[2]

On 1 April 1943, Nootka gave up her name so it could be used by a newly constructed Tribal-class destroyer. She was renamed Nanoose but kept her pennant number. She was paid off 29 July 1945 at Halifax and laid up.[2]

In 1946 she was sold to Chinese interests and converted for commercial use. She reappeared as the tugboat Sung Ling.[2][1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "HMCS Nootka (J35)". uboat.net. Retrieved 30 May 2014. 
  2. ^ a b c d e Macpherson, Ken; Burgess, John (1981). The ships of Canada's naval forces 1910-1981 : a complete pictorial history of Canadian warships. Toronto: Collins. ISBN 0-00216-856-1. 

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