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A Royal Canadian Navy Historical Project


HMCS Curlew

Credit: Credit Ken Macpherson / Naval Museum of Alberta


Launched: 1892

Commissioned: 1914

Paid off: 1921

Sold: 1921

Fate: Unknown


HMCS Curlew was a commissioned minesweeper of the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) during the First World War. Originally built as a fisheries cruiser for the Department of Marine and Fisheries, upon completion she was transferred to the Department of Customs, and was used by the Customs Preventive Service. Along with sister ships CGS Constance and CGS Petrel, Curlew was fitted with mine sweeping gear in 1912. All three vessels were taken into naval service after the outbreak of war in 1914, and were used for patrol or examination duties. Sold in 1921, her final disposition is unknown.


Commanding Officers

Lt William James Milne, RNCVR - 01 May 1918 - unk



     In memory of those who have crossed the bar    

They shall not be forgotten


Brown, Abraham Joseph


Drafted to Curlew on 01 May 1918 as Mate, RCN






Cousins, Harry Payston


Drafted to Curlew on 01 May 1918 as Mate, RNCVR






Lloyd, Wallace Clayton


Drafted to Curlew on 01 May 1918 as Mate, RNCVR






Milne, William James


Commanding Officer in 1918