HMCS FORT WILLIAM J311 / 195

 

Bangor Class Minesweeper

 


 

HMCS FORT WILLIAM J311

DND / RCN photo

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Laid down: 18 Aug 1941

Launched: 30 Dec 1941

Commissioned: 25 Aug 1942

Paid off: 23 Oct 1945

Re-commissioned: 29 Nov 1957

Paid off 1971

Fate: Broken up after 1971

 

Commissioned at Port Arthur on 25 Aug 1942, FORT WILLIAM arrived at Halifax on 24 Sep 1942 with a good many defects, and did not commence working up until mid-Oct 1942. A month late she was assigned to Halifax Force for local convoys. On 11 Jan 1943, she suffered considerable damage in collision with the government vessel Lisgar at Halifax, and was under repair there for a month. In Jun 1943, she was transferred to Newfoundland Force. She returned to Halifax in Feb 1944, for a short refit, and on 20 Feb 1944 left with BLAIRMORE, MILLTOWN and MINAS for Plymouth via the Azores, arriving on 08 Mar 1944. Assigned to the 31st Minesweeping Flotilla, she was present on D-Day. FORT WILLIAM refitted at St. John's Mar 1945, re-joining the 31st Flotilla in Jul 1945 and remaining until 21 Sep 1945, when she left Plymouth for Canada. She was paid off on 23 Oct 1945, at Sydney and was placed in strategic reserve at Sorel in 1946. Re-acquired in Jun 1951, and extensively modernized, she lay in reserve at Sydney until 29 Nov 1957, when she was transferred to the Turkish Navy and re-named BODRUM. She was removed from service in 1971 and broken up.

 


 

Photos and Documents

 


 

The Thirty-First Minesweeping Flotilla

 

HMCS FORT WILLIAM J311 Nominal List 15 Jan 1945 - Credit:  Marcus Fennell, Frederick Harpur the Ship's Writer, and RCSCC FORT WILLIAM for preserving this information

 

A Brief History of HMCS FORT WILLIAM - written for the sea cadets of RCSCC FORT WILLIAM by John H. Rickard

 


 

Commanding Officers

 

Lt Hugh Campbell, RCNR - 25 Aug 1942 - 29 Jun 1943

Lt Stephen Dalrymple Taylor, RCNR - 30 Jun 1943 - 04 Oct 1943

A/LCdr Hugh Campbell, RCNR - 05 Oct 1943 - unk

A/LCdr Hugh Campbell, RCNR - 25 Apr 1944 - unk

Lt George E. Kelly, RCNR - 19 May 1945 - 23 Oct 1945

 


 

     In memory of those who have crossed the bar    

They shall not be forgotten

 

 


 

Former Crew Members

 

Campbell, Hugh, Lt, RCNR - 25 Apr 1942

 

Christmas, Kenneth Evans, Lt, RCNVR - 04 May 1942

 

Frizzell, Wilbur - 1944-1945, Sig 

 

Goddard, Lawrence Lonell, SLt, RCNVR - 07 Mar 1945

 

Hoffman, Ward Roderick, Lt (E), RCNVR - 29 Jan 1945

Kelly, George, Lt (of Ireland) - 1944

 

Lafleche, Joseph Lucien Maurice, A/Lt, RCNVR - 05 Oct 1943

 

Lait, Wilfred John, SLt, RCNVR - 17 May 1943

 

McGowan, Hector Cameron, Lt, RCNVR - 18 Feb 1943

 

McKim, Hugh John, SLt, RCNVR - 24 Mar 1945

Mecoy, Raymond, Stoker - 23 Apr 1943 

 

Oddleifson, Stefan Sollie, A/Lt, RCNVR  - 07 Mar 1945

 

Perkes, Ernest Edward, A/Lt, RCNVR - 25 May 1945

 

Smith, Warren Van-Hoose, Lt (E), RCNVR - 08 Feb 1944

 

Smitherman, James William, Stoker 

 


 

Photos and Documents

 


 

  

HMCS FORT WILLIAM J311

 

On back of photo "Banquet Royal Edward Hotel 26 Aug 1942" - along with some names of ship's officers and ratings

 

HMCS FORT WILLIAM departed Port Arthur, Ontario on 27 Aug 1942 for Halifax.

 

Courtesy of Tom LaPlante

 


 

HMCS FORT WILLIAM honoured at civic banquet.  Crew listed in the article:  LCdr H. Campbell, DSC, CO;  PO ERA Gus Kallio;  Sig Steve Lysak; AB Joe Black; Tel Milbert Mounk; Elmer McDonald;  Lt Hector McGowan

 

From the collection of John A. Rickard, AB, RCNVR

 

Courtesy of  John H. Rickard

Crew of FORT WILLIAM Honored at Civic Banquet

 

Times-Journal 03 Apr 1945

 

Courtesy of John H. Rickard

 

HMCS FORT WILLIAM'S jacket patch (off of Joe Black's jacket). This design is identical to the jacket patches used by HMCS BRANDON, HMCS BOWMAN VILLE AND HMCS SARNIA

 

From the collection of Joe Black, AB, RCNVR

 

Courtesy of John H. Rickard

 

Christmas on HMCS FORT WILLIAM - 25 Dec 1943

 

Commanding Officer on rounds

 

Source: Thunder Bay Military Museum

 

Sig John H. Pearcey 4th from left (face partially hidden)

Walter Beech (right) on HMCS FORT WILLIAM J311 in Halifax

 

From the collection of Clyde Newman

 

Courtesy of Lisa Sprong

Chiefs and Petty Officers of HMCS FORT WILLIAM J311 - Christmas in Newfoundland

 

From the collection of Clyde Newman

 

Courtesy of Lisa Sprong

 

Chief Clyde Newman - very back, centre

Chiefs and Petty Officers of HMCS FORT WILLIAM J311 - Christmas in Newfoundland

 

From the collection of Clyde Newman

 

Courtesy of Lisa Sprong

 

Chief Clyde Newman - 1st on right

Chiefs and Petty Officers of HMCS FORT WILLIAM J311 at HMCS Avalon, Newfoundland

 

From the collection of Clyde Newman

 

Courtesy of Lisa Sprong

 

Chief Clyde Newman - 3rd from right

 


 

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(MF01) Lt George Kelly, HMCS FORT WILLIAM J311 - 1943 (MF02) Lt Hector McGowan (left) and Lt George Kelly (right) having a bit of fun on HMCS FORT WILLIAM J311 - 1943  (MF03) Lt Hector McGowan on HMCS FORT WILLIAM J311 - 1943 (MF04) L/Sig Marcus Fennell on HMCS FORT WILLIAM J311 -1943  (MF05) A/Lt Joseph LaFleche on HMCS FORT WILLIAM J311 - 1943

 

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(MF06) John Pearcey and Steve Lysak - 1944  (MF07) Unknown sailor (likely a signalman) clearing tangled halyards on HMCS FORT WILLIAM J311 - 1944  (MF08) HMCS FORT WILLIAM J311 in the turn basin on the Kaministiquia River, FORT WILLIAM, ON - 1942  (MF09) Bob Tevendale and Marcus Fennell on HMCS FORT WILLIAM J311 - 1943  (MF10) Lt Hugh Campbell, CO of HMCS FORT WILLIAM J311 - 1943

 

From the collection of Marcus Fennell, L/Sig, RCNVR

 

Courtesy of John H. Rickard

 


 

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