HMCS BROCKVILLE J270 / 178

 

Bangor Class Minesweeper

 


 

 

Post wartime badge

HMCS Brockville J270 in New Brunswick during WW II

From the collection of Sid Bailey, CPO1, RCN

Courtesy of Don Ballantyne

 

Battle honours and awards:  Atlantic  1943-44,   Gulf of St. Lawrence  1944

 

 

Laid down: 09 Dec 1940

Launched: 20 Jun 1941

Commissioned: 19 Sep 1942

Paid off: 28 Aug 1945

Transferred to the RCMP: 1945

Re-acquired by RCN: 1950

Commissioned: 05 Apr 1951

Paid off:

Re-commissioned: 22 Apr 1954

Paid off: 31 Oct 1958

Fate: Broken up in 1961

 

Built at Sorel, Que., she was commissioned there on 19 Sep 1942. She arrived at Halifax on 20 Oct 1942 in need of two weeks' repairs, having grounded at Rimouski in en route. After working up, she was assigned briefly to WLEF and then to Halifax Force. In Mar 1943 she was transferred back to WLEF and when that force was divided into escort groups in Jun 1943, she became a member of EG W-3. In May 1944, Brockville returned to Sydney Force, remaining with it until Jun 1945. She had two wartime refits: one at Dalhousie, N.B., lasting seven weeks in Aug and Sep 1943; the other a three-month refit at Lunenburg at the end of 1944, followed by workups in Bermuda in Mar 1945. On 28 Sep 1945, she was paid off at Halifax, transferred to the marine section of the RCMP and renamed Macleod. Brockville was re-acquired by the RCN in 1950 and re-commissioned on 05 Apr 1951. After modernization at Lauzon in 1952 she was assigned to Point Edward naval base at Sydney and later transferred to the west coast. She was paid off into reserve at Esquimalt on 31 Oct 1958, and broken up three years later.

 


 

Photos and Documents

 


 

Commanding Officers

 

Lt Charles Peterson, RCNR - 15 Jun 1942 - 13 Mar 1943

Lt Richard Cassels Chenoweth, RCNVR - 14 Mar 1943 - 17 Jul 1943

Lt Charles Peterson, RCNR - 18 Jul 1943 - 23 Jul 1943

Lt Breen Philip Young, RCNR - 24 Jul 1943 - 17 Sep 1943

Lt F.K. Elles, RCNVR - 18 Sep 1943 - 02 Aug 1944

Lt Malcolm George McCarthy, RCNVR - 03 Aug 1944 - 17 Dec 1944

Lt J.R. Bell, RCNVR - 18 Dec 1944 - 07 Feb 1945

Lt John Oscar Laybourne Lake, RCNR - 08 Feb 1945 - 14 May 1945

Lt Hugh Russell Knight, RCNR - 15 May 1945 - 24 May 1945

Lt John Oscar Laybourne Lake, RCNR - 25 May 1945 - 16 Jul 1945

Lt Edward Ernest MacInnes, RCNR - 30 Jul 1945 - 28 Aug 1945

LCdr John Herbert Maxner, RCN - 01 Nov 1950 - unknown

LCdr Roderick Darell Hayes, RCNR - 22 Apr 1954 - 11 Jan 1955

LCdr Ernest Sidney Cassels, RCN - 12 Jan 1955 - 12 Dec 1956

LCdr Lloyd Irwin Jones, RCN - 29 Aug 1958 - 31 Oct 1958

 


 

     In memory of those who have crossed the bar    

They shall not be forgotten

 

 


 

Former Crew Members

 

Bell, John Richard, Lt, RCNVR - 20 May 1944

 

Bohme, John David, SLt, RCNVR - 20 Jul 1942

 

Brown, George King, Lt, RCNVR - Jan 1944

 

Browne, Arthur Dalzell, Lt, RCNVR - 17 Feb 1945

 

Burnett, James Evelyn, Lt, RCNVR - 17 Jun 1942

 

Curry, Thomas Allison, Lt, RCNVR - 25 Jan 1943

 

Lake, John Oscar Laybourne, Lt, RCNR - 25 May 1945

 

Lane, Francis Henry, SLt, RCNVR - 11 Jun 1944

 

Mantle, Thomas Owen, Lt (E), RCNVR - 20 Jul 1943

Margesson, Robert James, SLt, RCNVR - 20 Jul 1942 / Lt, RCNVR - 02 May 1943

 

Morgan, John Anderson, Lt, RCNVR - 06 Feb 1945

 

Mullinger, Herbert Hugh, Lt, RCNVR - 13 Mar 1944

 

Prudence, John Roberts, Cd (E), RCNR - 18 Feb 1941/ Lt (E), RCNR - 31 Mar 1943

 

Scotckwell, Ronald James, Lt, RCNVR - Jan 1944

 

Simpson, James Holmes, SLt, RCNVR - 25 Feb 1945

 

William, Donald Jeffery, Skpr, RCNR - 14 Mar 1943

 


 

Photos and Documents

 

HMCS Brockville J270

From the collection of Richard (Dick) Price

Courtesy of Dan Clermont

HMCS BROCKVILLE J270 - undated

 

DND / RCN photo

Article on the re-commissioning of HMCS Brockville at Halifax on 22 Apr 1954 for Great Lakes Naval Reserve summer training

The Halifax Chronicle-Herald 23 Apr 1954

Research by / Courtesy of George Newbury

Newspaper article from the Picton Gazette, Picton, Ont. on the visit of 6 RCN vessels - 14 Jul 1954

Courtesy of John Lyons

 

Travel case belonging to Fred Grayston, RCNVR

Courtesy of Jaeger Mah

 

Note: Jaeger purchased this case from a gentleman who was selling antiques / garage sale items on a roadside in Vancouver

 

 

HMCS Brockville 178 arriving at Quebec City - Sep 1954

From the collection of Francis Walsh

Courtesy of Mike O'Keefe

 

 

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photo 2

photo 3

(1) unknown sailor on HMCS Brockville 178. HMC Digby 179 in background - 1954  (2) Mothballed USN ships at Long beach, Calif. 1954. Photo taken from HMCS Brockville  (3) HMCS Brockville somewhere on the west coast - 1954

 

From the collection of Francis Gerald (Gerry) Walsh

Courtesy of Mike O'Keefe

 

HMCS Brockville 178 

 

 

 


 

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