HMCS CANSO J21

 

Bangor Class Minesweeper

 


 

HMCS Canso J21

 

Laid down: 30 Dec 1940

Launched: 09 Jun 1941

Transferred to RCN:

Commissioned: 06 Mar 1942

Paid off: 24 Sep 1945

Fate: Broken up in 1948

 

Built for the RN at North Vancouver, she was laid down and launched as HMS Canso. Transferred to the RCN on completion, she was commissioned at Vancouver on 06 Mar 1942 as HMCS Canso. After working up, she was assigned to Esquimalt Force from May 1942 to Jul 1943, when nominated for service in the Atlantic. She left Esquimalt on 08 Jul 1943, arriving at Halifax on 19 Aug 1943, and was allocated to Halifax Force. On 21 Feb 1944, with Guysborough, Kenora, and Wasaga, she sailed from Halifax via the Azores for Plymouth, arriving on 08 Mar 1944. She was allocated in turn to the 32nd, 16th and 31st Minesweeping Flotillas, and was on hand on D-Day as part of the 16th. In Aug 1944 she returned briefly to Canada for a refit at Saint John, N.B., and in November resumed her task of clearing German Minefields. She was paid off on 24 Sep 1945, and returned to the RN at Sheerness, to be broken up at Sunderland in 1948.

 


 

Photos and Documents

 


 

Commanding Officers

 

Lt Hugh Sinclair MacFarlane, RCNR - 06 Mar 1942 - 03 Feb 1943

Lt John Kincaid, RCNR - 04 Feb 1943 - 23 May 1943

Lt Harold Heap Rankin, RCNR - 24 May 1943 - 05 Jun 1943

Lt John Kincaid, RCNR - 06 Jun 1943 - 04 Oct 1944

A/LCdr J.M. Gracey, RCNVR - 05 Oct 1944 - 24 Sep 1945

 


 

     In memory of those who made the ultimate sacrifice    

     Lest We Forget     

 

KELSEY, Lorne Stanley

AB, V919, RCNVR

died - 14 Oct 1943

JUSTICE, Robert McLaren

Sto 2c, V59101, RCNVR

died - 19 Apr 1944

 


 

     In memory of those who have crossed the bar    

They shall not be forgotten

 

 


 

Former Crew Members

 

Alexander, Robert Broderick, Lt, RCNVR - 15 Apr 1943

 

Banwell, Frank David, Lt, RCNVR - 06 Apr 1943

 

Burns, Donald Gardiner, Lt, RCNVR - 27 Jan 1944

 

Draney, Charles Fraser, SLt, RCNVR - 06 Mar 1942

 

Finlayson, Donald Grant Lt (E), RCNVR - Jan 1944

 

Hatch, Carr, Lt, RCNVR - 26 Feb 1942 - Commissioning crew

Johnson, Albert Charles Arthur, Cd (E), RN - 05 Mar 1942 - Commissioning crew

 

Lang, Hector Craig, Lt, RCNVR - 23 May 1943

 

Lloyd, Douglas, Ch/Skpr, RCNR - 13 May 1943

 

Ness, George Cairns, Wt (E), RCNR - 04 May 1943

 

Ridley, Frederick Neville, Lt, RCNVR - Jan 1943

 


 

Photos and Documents

 

HMCS Canso J21

 

"McGregor" is written on the back of the photo

 

Photographer: CERA Albert Sayer, RCNVR, on HMCS Guysborough J52

 

From the collection of CERA Albert Sayer, RCNVR

Courtesy of Karen Pelton

HMCS Canso J21

 

"Olchowesky" is written on the back of the photo

 

Photographer: CERA Albert Sayer, RCNVR, on HMCS Guysborough J52

 

From the collection of CERA Albert Sayer, RCNVR

Courtesy of Karen Pelton

Frank Gilraine by the gun turret on HMCS Canso - 1941

Courtesy of George Gilraine

 


 

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