HMCS DRUMMONDVILLE J253

 

Bangor Class Minesweeper

 


 

HMCS DRUMMONDVILLE J253

DND / RCN photo

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Battle honours and awards:  Atlantic  1942-45,   Gulf of St. Lawrence  1942

 

 

Laid down: 01 Oct 1941

Launched: 21 May 1941

Commissioned: 30 Oct 1941

Paid off: 29 Oct 1945

Fate: Sunk 08 Dec 1963. Later raised and broken up.

 

Built at Montreal, she was commissioned there on 30 Oct 1941. She arrived at Halifax on 11 Nov 1941 and served at various times with WLEF, Gulf Escort Force, Halifax Local Defence Force, and Sydney Force before joining Newfoundland Force in Feb 1944. Following a major refit at Louisbourg, she proceeded to Bermuda in mid-Aug 1944 to work up, returning to St. John's early in Oct 1944. The Newfoundland Force was disbanded in Jun 1945, and from then until Oct 1945 DRUMMONDVILLE was employed at miscellaneous duties on the east coast. She was paid off at Halifax on 29 Oct 1945, and in 1946 placed in strategic reserve at Sorel. Re-acquired by the RCN in 1952, she was placed in reserve at Sydney but never re-commissioned, and in 1958 she was sold for conversion to a merchant ship. As SS Fort Albany she was sunk by collision near Sorel on 08 Dec 1963, and raised and broken up there they following year.

 


 

Photos and Documents          Ship's company photo

 


 

Commanding Officers

 

Lt James Philip Fraser, RCNR - 30 Oct 1941 - 16 Jan 1942

Lt James Philip Fraser, RCNR - 05 Feb 1942 - 12 Jan 1943

Lt Donald McIntosh Stewart, RCNR - 13 Jan 1943 - 01 Mar 1943

Lt James Philip Fraser, RCNR - 02 Mar 1943 - 09 May 1943

Lt Henry Clifford Hatch, RCNVR - 10 May 1943 - 07 Apr 1944

Skpr/Lt F.W.M. Drew, RCNR - 08 Apr 1944 - 09 Apr 1945

Lt George Enderby Cross, RCNVR - 10 Apr 1945 - 23 Jun 1945

 


 

     In memory of those who have crossed the bar    

They shall not be forgotten

 

 


 

Former Crew Members

 

Barry, Tom, Coder

 

Colter, Harold Moorhouse, Lt, RCNVR - 10 May 1942

 

Dawson, James Frederick, SLt, RCNVR - 20 Jul 1944

 

Dooley, Bob, Coder

 

Drysdale, George, O/Sig

 

Dupre, Yvon A., SLt, RCNR - Jan 1943

 

Flynn, Jack (Slim), Tel

 

Grant, Stephen Robert, SLt, RCNVR - 08 Apr 1944

 

Halloran, Leo, Sig

Horton, Sam, Coder

 

Isbister, Robert David, Lt, RCNVR - 12 Jul 1943

 

Lawatsky, Bill, Tel

 

MacMillan, Gord, L/Tel

 

Mansell, Richard Tennant, SLt (E), RCNVR - 25 Apr 1944

 

McIlhargey, Ross Leo, SLt, RCNVR - 05 Jul 1944

 

McLaughlin, William Gordon, SLt (E), RCNVR - Jan 1944

 

Noel, Joseph Sevrin Roger, Ch/Skpr, RCNR - 29 Jan 1945

Ouiona, Ed, Yeoman of Signals

 

Rennie, Frederick James, Lt (E), RCNR - 18 Jun 1943

 

Samuelsen, Sigurd, Cd (E) Lt (E), RCNR - Jan 1942 /  04 Feb 1942 / 13 Mar 1942

 

Sanderson, Donald McLean, SLt, RCNVR - 26 Jan 1945

 

Shove, Graham Frederick, Lt, RCNVR - 12 May 1944 / 15 May 1944

 

Walker, Howard, Tel

 

Watkins, William John, SLt, RCNVR - 20 Apr 45

 


 

Photos and Documents

 

Ships in HMC Dockyard, Halifax

 

Outboard destroyer, HMCS Annapolis I04, outboard minesweeper, HMCS DRUMMONDVILLE J253

 

From the collection of Albert William Abercrombie

Courtesy of Bill Abercrombie

 


 

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