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HMCS BLAIRMORE J314 / 193

Then Turkish Navy Vessel Beycoz (1958)

HMCS Blairmore J314

 

Laid down: 01 Feb 1942

Launched: 14 May 1942

Commissioned: 17 Nov 1942

Paid off: 16 Oct 1945

Sold: 03 Apr 1946

Re-acquired by RCN: Jul 1951

Commissioned: Jul 1951

Paid off: circa 1957

Sold: 29 Mar 1958 to Turkish Navy

Paid off: 1971

Fate: Final disposition unknown

 

Built at Port Arthur, Ont., she was commissioned there on 17 Nov 1942. She arrived at Halifax on 24 Dec 1942, and after working up was assigned to WLEF. Upon the division of the forces into escort groups in Jun 1943, she became a member of EG W-4 and remained with the group until Feb 1944. Transferred to the U.K. for invasion duties, she left Halifax on 20 Feb 1944 in company with Fort William, Milltown and Minas for Plymouth via the Azores, arriving on 08 Mar 1944. Assigned to the 31st Minesweeping Flotilla, she was present on D-Day and continued with Plymouth Command until 21 Sep 1945, when she sailed for Canada. During this period she returned to Canada for a refit at Halifax in Apr 1945, returning to Plymouth in Jul 1945. Blairmore was paid off at Sydney, N.S., on 16 Oct 1945, sold to Marine Industries Ltd., and placed in strategic reserve at Sorel in 1946. She was re-acquired by the RCN in Jul 1951, owing to the Korean crisis, and converted to a "coastal escort." Again placed in reserve at Sydney, she was transferred to the Turkish Navy as Beycoz on 29 Mar 1958, remaining in service until 1971.

 

Commanding Officers

A/LCdr W.J. Kingsmill, RCNVR - 17 Nov 1942 - 24 Oct 1943

Lt Joseph Charles Marston, RCNVR - 25 Oct 1943 - unk

Lt James Currie McMillan, Lt, 23 Apr 1945 - unk

Skpr/Lt Harris Vernon Mossman, RCNR - 15 Jun 1945 - 15 Oct 1945

 

     In memory of those who made the ultimate sacrifice    

     Lest We Forget     

 

- Book of Remembrance entry     - Grave or burial information

LEMAY, Marcel George Alphonse

AB, V54563, RCNVR

died - 07 Aug 1945 

TOWNSEND, Daniel Thomas

Wt (E), RCNR

died - 06 Dec 1943 

Drafted to Blairmore J314 on 30 Apr 1943 as A/Wt (E), RCNR

 

     In memory of those who have crossed the bar    

They shall not be forgotten

A-B

Arnfield, William

1923-2012

Bartram, Vincent James

1919-2005

 

 

 

C-D

Donnett, Allan

1924-2006

 

 

 

 

E-F

Fitzpatrick, Carl Leonard

____-2002

 

 

 

 

M-N

Nash, Michael Patrick

1920-2005

 

 

 

 

O-P

Ormsby, Chuck

____-2009

 

 

 

 

S-T

Sheehan, Michael J.

1915-____

Spencer, Arthur James

1923-2012

Spencer, Frederick Earl

1925-2017

Served in Blairmore during WW 2

Thorsteinsson, John Edwin Bjarni

1924-2007

 Drafted to Blairmore on 16 Apr 1945 as Lt, RCNVR

 

U-V

Verry, Henry N.

1918-2009

 

 

 

 

W-X

Wilson, William Bell

1921-2013

 

 

 

 

 

Former Crew Members

Baker, Russel Kemp, Lt, RCNVR - 28 Apr 1945

 

Brook, Croft Gar, Lt, RCNVR - 15 Jun 1943

 

Dufour, George Aimi, War (E), RCN - 28 Jan 1945

Fisher, Earl Holden, Slt (E), RCNVR - 26 Apr 1945

 

McDonald, Thomas Wilfred, Slt, RCNVR - 24 Jan 1943

 

Oakley, John Roger Henry, Slt, RCNVR - 11 Feb 1944

Ruffman, Kenneth Charles, Lt, RCNVR - 02 May 1943

 

Westlake, John Robert, Lt, RCNVR - 16 Apr 1945

 

Wilson, Charles Laird, Surg Lt, RCNVR - 31 Jul 1944

 

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