For Posterity's Sake         

A Royal Canadian Navy Historical Project

HMCS FORT WILLIAM J311 / 195

Then Turkish Navy Vessel TCG BODRAM (1957)

HMCS Fort William J311

 

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.

 

Commanding Officers

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

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

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

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

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

 

     In memory of those who have crossed the bar    

They shall not be forgotten

G-H

Grant, James

____-2009

 

 

 

 

 

Former Crew Members

Campbell, Hugh, Lt, RCNR - 25 Apr 1942 (Stand by)

 

Christmas, Kenneth Evans, Lt, RCNVR - 04 May 1942 (Stand by)

 

Frizzell, Wilbur - 1944-1945, Sig 

 

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

 

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

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

 

Links

The Memory Project - John William Smitherman

 

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