HMCS Comox (J64)

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HMCS Comox S-3932.jpg
Career (Canada)
Name: Comox
Namesake: Comox Harbour
Operator: Royal Canadian Navy
Ordered: 23 August 1937
Builder: Burrard Dry Dock Co. Ltd., Vancouver
Laid down: 5 February 1938
Launched: 9 August 1938
Commissioned: 23 November 1938
Decommissioned: 27 July 1945
Identification: pennant number: J64
Fate: Sold for mercantile service 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 Comox was a Fundy-class that served in the Royal Canadian Navy from 1938–1945. She served during the Second World War as a local patrol craft for Esquimalt, British Columbia before transferring to Halifax, Nova Scotia performing general minesweeping duties. After the war she sold for mercantile service and converted to a tugboat.

Comox was ordered on 23 August 1937.[1] She was laid down on 5 February 1938 by Burrard Dry Dock Co. Ltd. at Vancouver and launched on 9 August later that year.[1][2] She was commissioned into the Royal Canadian Navy on 23 November 1938.[2]

Service history[edit]

Comox was initially assigned to the west coast.[3] At the onset of the Second World War, she remained at Esquimalt carrying out local patrol duties. In March 1940, she and her sister ship HMCS Nootka were reassigned to the east coast. Arriving in April 1940 she spent the rest of the war performing minesweeping duties for Halifax Harbour.[2] Along with her sister ship, HMCS Fundy, she rescued survivors of the torpedoed Liberty ship SS Martin Van Buren on 15 January 1945.[1][2]

Comox was paid off on 27 July 1945. She was sold in 1946 for commercial service and converted to the tug boat Sung Ming.[2]

References[edit]

Notes
  1. ^ a b c "HMCS Comox (J64)". uboat.net. Retrieved 29 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. 32. ISBN 1-55125-072-1. 
  3. ^ "Minesweepers", Canadian Naval Heritage Website[dead link]
References
  • Macpherson, Ken; Barrie, Ron (2002). Warships of Canada's Naval Forces 1910-2002. St. Catharines: Vanwell Publishing Limtied. p. 32. ISBN 1-55125-072-1. 

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