Bangor Class Minesweeper




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Battle honours and awards:  Atlantic  1941-43,   Normandy  1944



Laid down: 24 Apr 1940

Launched: 08 Sep 1940

Commissioned: 04 Jul 1941

Paid off: 09 Oct 1945

Fate: Sold in 1946. Final disposition unknown


Built by North Vancouver Ship repairs Ltd., she was commissioned at Vancouver on 04 Jul 1941. She sailed from Esquimalt for Halifax on 06 Aug 1941 arriving on 10 Sep 1941. After working up in Bermuda she was initially assigned to Halifax Local Defence Force, but was transferred in Jan 1942, to Newfoundland Force and in September to WLEF. With WLEF's division into escort groups in Jun 1943, COWICHAN became a member of EG W-6. She remained with the group until Feb 1944, when she was ordered to the U.K. for invasion duties. She left Halifax on 19 Feb 1944 with CARAQUET, MALPEQUE and VEGREVILLE via the Azores for Plymouth, arriving on 13 Mar 1944. Assigned to the 31st Minesweeping Flotilla, she was present on D-Day. COWICHAN returned to Canada for refit late in 19 Feb 1945, but resumed her duties overseas in June.  Proceeding home in Sep 1945, she was paid off on 09 Oct 1945, and placed in reserve at Shelburne. Sold in 1946 to a New York buyer and converted for mercantile purposes under Greek flag, she still existed in 1956 under her original name.



Photos and Documents          Ship's Company Photos


Currie McMillan - A witness to history marks solemn day          The Thirty-First Minesweeping Flotilla



Commanding Officers


Lt Ronald Jackson, RCNR - 13 Jun 1941 - 01 Dec 1941

Lt Richard Jackson, RCNR - 02 Dec 1941 - 14 Feb 1943

A/Lt John Richard Kidston, RCNVR - 15 Feb 1942 - 25 Oct 1942

A/LCdr Kenneth William N. Hall, RCNR - 26 Oct 1942 - 22 Apr 1945

Skpr/Lt Henry William Stone, RCNR - 23 Apr 1945 - 09 Oct 1945



     In memory of those who made the ultimate sacrifice    

     Lest We Forget     


O'LEARY, Stanley M.


died - 13 Nov 1944



     In memory of those who have crossed the bar    

They shall not be forgotten




Former Crew Members


Allen, William Graham, SLt, RCNVR - 02 May 1942


Artmont, Joseph Aloysius, SLt, RCNVR - 02 Apr 1945


Barbour, John, Wt (E), RCNR - 02 May 1945


Bolt, Lew (of St. Thomas, ON)


Calland, John Christopher Hatton, Lt, RCNVR - 02 Jul 1942


Carcaud, John James, Mate, RCNR - 01 Jul 1941


Collier, Bud, Sig


Douglas, James Forsyth, Lt (E), RCN(R) - 04 Jul 1941


Enright, Vern (of Ottburne, MB)


Feeban, Vince, Tel


Goddard, Perry, Coder


Graham, Adam Henry, SLt (E), RCNVR - 24 Jul 1943


Hare, Patrick David, Lt, RCNVR - 29 May 1945


Henshaw, Bill, Tel


Humphries, James Gordon, Lt, RCNVR - 19 Feb 1943 / 07 Mar 1945


Kelly, John, Coder

Kidston, John Richard, Lt, RCNVR - 01 Jul 1941 / 04 Jul 1941


Kimbo, Charles (of Newton Brook, ON)


Lane, Ken (of Verdun, QC)


Levitt, Rick, V33669, RCNVR - 26 Jan 1944


MacFarlane, Mel (of Calgary)


MacKenzie, Donald Allan, SLt, RCNVR - 01 Jul 1941 / 04 Jul 1941


Maxwell, Pat, Tel (of Winnipeg)


McVicer, John Anthony, SLt, RCNVR - 28 May 1945


Norman, Stan, Sig (of Toronto)


Slone, Al, L/Sig


Smith, Tom, L/Tel


Stock, Valentine Norbert, SLt, RCNVR - 24 Apr 1945


Stone, Henry William, Ch/Skpr, RCNR - 07 Feb 1942 / 31Jul 1943


Tait, John Cameron, SLt, RCNVR - 01 Jun 1945


Tarleton, Grafton Weedon, Lt, RCNVR  12 Feb 1944


Thomas, Gordon James, SLt, RCNVR


Wight, Bruce (of Winnipeg)



Photos and Documents





DND / RCN Photo



DND / RCN Photo

HMCS COWICHAN 31st Minesweeping Flotilla jacket patch


Courtesy of Ted Orlowski









(JL02) The totem pole of HMCS COWICHAN mounted on her bridge. This was given to the ship for good luck by the Cowichan First Nation and it was never to be painted.

(JL03) Sailors on HMCS COWICHAN J146 prepare her minesweeping gear. Other minesweepers visible astern

(JL04) Harold Hague by the 20-inch signal lamp on the bridge of HMCS COWICHAN J146

(JL05) Jim Leslie (left) and Pat Maxwell onboard HMCS COWICHAN J146







(JL06) Painting onboard HMCS COWICHAN J146 - front: Harold Hague - back: Stan Norman (left) and Jim Leslie

(JL07) Mel MacFarlane ashore - location unknown

(JL08) Sig Jim Leslie on HMCS COWICHAN J146

(JL09) Unknown minesweeper - possibly HMCS LACHINE J266 or HMCS TRURO J268

(JL10) Communicators mess on HMCS COWICHAN J146

From the collection of Jim Leslie, Sig, RCNVR

Courtesy of Norm Leslie