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A Royal Canadian Navy Historical Project

HMCS CORDOVA  MCA158

Former USS YMS-420

Then B.C. Ferry HARBOUR QUEEN NO. 1 (1970)

Then NAKAYA (1980)

HMCS Cordova 158

 

Laid down: 18 Dec 1943

Launched: 08 Apr 1944 as YMS.420

Purchased by RCN: 03 Dec 1951

Commissioned: 09 Aug 1952

Paid off: 12 April 1956

Fate: Sunk as a diving wreck in 1992

 

One of hundreds of motor minesweepers built for the USN during the Second World War, Cordova was launched as YMS.420 in 1944 at Chicago. She was purchased by the RCN on 03 Dec 1951, and commissioned as HMCS Cordova from 09 Aug 1952 to 12 Apr 1957, serving primarily as tender to HMCS Discovery. Sold in 1970 to Harbour Ferries, Ltd. of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada and renamed Harbour Queen No. 1; Renamed Nakaya in 1980. She was sunk in 1992 as a diving wreck at Porteau Cove Provincial Park, located 40 miles north of Vancouver.

 

Commanding Officers

LCdr Arthur Francis Rowland, RCN - 13 Jan 1955 - 31 May 1955

Lt Russell Freeman, RCN - 01 Jun 1955 - 12 Apr 1957

 

     In memory of those who have crossed the bar    

They shall not be forgotten

E-F

Freeman, Russell

____-2017

2nd Commanding Officer

 

 

 

 

M-N

Malak, John

1934-2013

 

 

 

 

Q-R

Roberts, Joseph

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Photos and Documents

 

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