Bangor Class Minesweeper




From the collection of Harold Murray

Courtesy of Rick Murray

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Laid down: 15 Jan 1941

Launched: 14 May 1941 at Toronto, Ont.

Commissioned: 23 Nov 1941

Paid off: 06 Nov 1945

Re-Acquired by RCN: 1951

Fate: Sold for scrap in Feb 1959


Commissioned at Toronto on 23 Nov 1941, GODERICH arrived at Halifax on 06 Dec 1941. She spent her whole career based at Halifax as a member, alternately, of Halifax Local Defence Force and Halifax Force. She was damaged on 18 Nov 1942, in a collision with the tanker Iocoma in Halifax harbour, which necessitated three weeks' repairs there. GODERICH saw almost continuous service service, undergoing only one major refit at Liverpool, N.S., from 05 Mar to 15 May 1943. On 29 Jan 1943, she rescued survivors from the after section of the U.S. tanker Brilliant, which had broken in half during a storm. She was paid off at Halifax on 06 Nov 1945, and in 1946 placed in strategic reserve at Sorel. In 1951 she was re-acquired by the RCN and underwent modernization at Lauzon. Never re-commissioned, however, she lay in reserve at Sydney until sold in Feb 1959 for scrap.



Photos and Documents          Ship's company photos



Commanding Officers


Lt Reginald Ray Kenny, RCNR - 23 Nov 1941 - 20 Aug 1942

Lt J.H. Hughes, RCNR - 21 Aug 1942 - 07 Sep 1942

Lt Reginald Ray Kenny, RCNR - 08 Sep 1942 - 06 Apr 1943

Lt James Charles Pratt, RCNVR - 07 Apr 1943 - 06 Mar 1944

Lt William Percy Wickett, RCNVR - 07 Mar 1944 - 21 Mar 1944

Lt John Eastwood Taylor, RCNVR - 22 Mar 1944 - 15 Aug 1945

Lt R.C. Hayden, RCNVR - 16 Mar 1945 - 22 Aug 1945



     In memory of those who made the ultimate sacrifice    

     Lest We Forget     


MYLES, Orville Ronald


Lost at sea - 14 Aug 1943



     In memory of those who have crossed the bar    

They shall not be forgotten




Former Crew Members


Bender, John W. (of Neudorf, SK)


Bogardus, Fredrick Wilson, Lt, RCNVR - 23 Mar 1942


Bryant, Bill, V42636, RCNVR (of London, ON)


Burke, James Joseph, SLt, RCNVR - 16 Apr 1945


Clarke, Donald, Lt, RCNVR - 21 Jun 1943


Corning, Keith Welton, A/Lt (E), RCNVR - 24 Apr 1944


Cumming, Edwin Keith, Lt (E), RCNVR - 01 Jun 1945


Cunningham, Cook -


Ellefsen, Ragnar Wichman, A/Wt (E), RCNR - 02 May 1942


Hall, William Hingston, Lt (E), RCNVR - 08 Mar 1945


Hand, Arthur, V46304, RCNVR (of Hamilton, ON)


Henry, Arthur, LS, V6618, RCNVR (of Ottawa, ON)


Herbert, Joseph Andre Leopold, A/Lt, RCNVR - Jan 1945


Johnson, Chuck, V57008, RCNVR (of Sault Ste Marie, ON)


King, Carman George, SLt, RCNVR - Jan 1944


Krill, Don, V37471, RCNVR (of Drumheller, AB)


Larsen, Emil (of Power River, BC)


Lawless, Howard Blais, Ch/Skpr, RCNR - 27 Jan 1942

Lecky, John, Lt, RCNVR - 15 Mar 1943


McLean, Gordon Joseph, SLt, RCNVR - 08 Mar 1945


Murphy, Joe, V1379, RCNVR (of Charlottetown, PEI)


Murray, Wes (of Burnaby, BC)


Penman, Nick, V47029, RCNVR (of Vancouver, BC)


Perrins, Dennis Boyce, SLt, RCNVR - Jan 1943


Service, Walter McIndoe, War (E), RCNR - 16 Feb 1944


Sunderland, Jim, V58096, RCNVR (of Ottawa, ON)

Wojicowski, Izydor (of Tarnapol, SK)


Wright, Harry, CERA - 1942



Photos and Documents




From the collection of Harold Murray


Courtesy of Rick Murray

Timmy - Ship's Mascot for HMCS GODERICH J260


From the collection of Harold Murray


Courtesy of Rick Murray


Click here to view the newspaper article from the May 1945 issue of the Crow's Nest on Timmy


Note: Written on the back of a photo of the members of Starboard Communication Mess - his name is given as "Little Gersh"

Harold Murray on the fo'c's'le of HMCS GODERICH J260


From the collection of Harold Murray


Courtesy of Rick Murray

HMCS GODERICH J260 in drydock being repaired after her collision with tanker Iocoma in Halifax harbour


From the collection of John Stewart


Courtesy of Jim Stewart 

HMCS GODERICH J260 in drydock at Saint John, NB, being repaired after her collision with tanker Iocoma in Halifax harbour

 From the collection of Paul Pigeon


Courtesy of Patricia Pigeon 




Sailors on HMCS GODERICH J260








(AW01a) - photos # AW01 with sailors numbered.  #10 Witt, Arthur William   (PP01) - L-R:  Boam, Pigeon, Cunningham, unknown, unknown   (PP02) In the galley on HMCS GODERICH - L-R: Boam, unknown, Pigeon





(WR09) Starboard Communication Mess Feb 1945   (WR09a) Names on back of  # WR07  (WR09b) photo #WR07 with sailors numbered


(WR09b) - (1) Donald Barton, Sig TO (of Mount Brydges, Ontario)  (2) L.W. Vanderlip, Tel TO (0f 6544 King St. W., Sunnyside, Toronto, Ontario  (3) Rodney N. Walker, L/Sig (of 5408 Verdun Ave, Verdun Quebec) (4) J.K. Cunningham, Tel (of 190 Cooper St., Ottawa, Ontario)  (5) John P. Roberts, Sig (of 63 Erie St., South Ridgetown, Ontario  (6) Brian Prentice, L/Tel (of 544 Home St., Winnipeg, Manitoba)  (7) "Little Gersh" on the table





(WR10) HMCS GODERICH Communications Branch - 1945  (WR10a) names on back of # WR09  (WR10b) photo # WR10 with sailors numbered


(WR10b) - (1) "Little Gersh" (2) Harold Wannamaker  (3) Don Barton  (4) Jack Cummingham  (5) Pat Connolly  (6) Brian Prentice  (7) Lloyd Vanderlip  (8) Barry Nelson (9) William Roast  (10) Harold Metcalf  (11) Rodney Walker  (12) Jack Roberts



(HM) = From the collection of Harold Murray. Courtesy of Rick Murray

(AW) = From the collection of Arthur Witt. Courtesy of Dale Witt

(PP) = From the collection of Paul Pigeon. Courtesy of Patricia Pigeon

(WR) - From the collection of William Roast. Courtesy of Brad Roast



Photos from the collection of Arthur Witt during his time serving in HMCS GODERICH J260


These photos were taken on or from HMCS GODERICH.  If you can identify anyone please send me an email









Unknown merchant ship sinking





This above photo is from the collection of Paul Pigeon.  It is not known who Jean-Guy Desforges (of 8245 Berri Nor, Montreal) is - crew member of GODERICH or perhaps a survivor of the merchant ship. If you have any info on him please send me an email.





(1) S.S. Gulhag sitting low in the water  (2) Unknown corvette   (3) Approaches to Halifax   (4) Gate vessels operating the anti-submarine nets Halifax



Submarine U-889 (either in Shelburne or Halifax, NS)


She was commissioned in to the RCN as HMCS U-889 for trials and testing. She was transferred to the USN in Jan 1946 for disposal. Note in the photos that her periscope and other pieces of equipment have  been removed.




(1 & 2) U-889 with a Fairmile motor launch on her portside   (3) HMCS GODERICH approaching U-889 from astern - Fairmile moving away (forward)  (4) HMCS GODERICH coming alongside U-889. Note the buoy just to the left of the sub that she is secured to.  (5 & 6) HMCS GODERICH alongside U-889








(1) Flags and pennants on HMCS GODERICH for V.E. Day (2) Sweep deck of HMCS GODERICH - rough seas   (3) Sweep deck of HMCS GODERICH - line secured to the paravane   (4) HMCS GODERICH (foreground) merchant ship on the horizon   (5) HMCS Huron G24   (6) tug approaching HMCS GODERICH through ice   (7) Minesweepers alongside




(1) Photo appears to be of Halifax Harbour   (2) Two corvettes and a minesweeper in Halifax. Outboard corvette is HMCS Barrie K138 - identified by the artwork on the face of her bridge. The minesweeper (inboard) is HMCS Kentville J312   (3) Hospital ship Lady Nelson   (4) unknown vessel - possibly a troop ship



Minesweepers at work off the approaches to Halifax




(4) HMCS Kentville J312




(1) three minesweepers in formation astern of HMCS GODERICH   (2) Either preparing to stream or retrieving the paravane on HMCS GODERICH




Webmaster's note: This photo is of an island (location unknown) - but was significant enough for Arthur Witt to photograph it. If anyone can identify it, please send me an email