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HMCS KENORA J281 / 191


HMCS Kenora J281



Laid down: 18 Aug 1941

Launched: 20 Dec 1941

Commissioned: 06 Aug 1942

Paid off: 06 Oct 1945

Re-acquired by RCN: 1952

Transferred to Turkish Navy: 29 Nov 1957

Paid off: 1972

Fate: Unknown


Commissioned on 06 Aug 1942, at Port Arthur, she arrived at Halifax on 07 Sep 1942 and proceeded to Pictou for workups. She was then assigned to WLEF and in Jun 1943, became a member of EG W-8. She left Halifax on 21 Feb 1944 with Canso, Guysborough and Wasaga via the Azores for Plymouth, arriving on 08 Mar 1944. Kenora was assigned to the 14th Minesweeping Flotilla, with which she was present on D-Day, and in October returned to Canada for a refit at Liverpool, N.S. She proceeded to the U.K. again in Feb 1945, and was assigned to the 31st Minesweeping Flotilla until 04 Sep 1945, when she left Plymouth for Canada. Kenora was paid off at Halifax on 06 Oct 1945, and placed in reserve at Shelburne. In 1946, she went into strategic reserve at Sorel until re-acquired by the RCN in 1952 and moved to Sydney. On 29 Nov 1957, she was transferred to the Turkish Navy as Bandirma. She was removed from service in 1972.


Photos and Documents          Ship's company photos          The Ship's Bell


Commanding Officers

A/LCdr F.R.F. Naftel, RCNVR - 06 Aug 1942 - 14 Sep 1943

Lt Douglas Wilson Lowe, RCNVR - 15 Sep 1943 - 07 Feb 1945

A/LCdr Ralph Morton Meredith, RCNR - 08 Feb 1945 - 06 Oct 1945


     In memory of those who have crossed the bar    

They shall not be forgotten

Abrams, Dean C.


Burns, Robert


Gillis, Harold George


Served in Kenora 1944-1945

Goodeve, Arthur George


Gow, Alexander M.

Graham, William Earl Sidley


Hammond, G. Ernest

Hornyak, John M.

Jette, Marcel Joseph Alphonse T.


Served in Kenora in 1941 as A/Slt (temp), RCNVR

Leeming, John McW.

Lowe, Douglas Wilson


2nd Commanding Officer

McWilliams, Francis Thomas


Moreland, William


Morgan, John Anderson


Drafted to Kenora on 05 Jul 1943 as Slt, RCNVR

Muggaberg, William Orval


Orkish, Michael

Thompson, Herbert A,


Served in Kenora during WW 2

Wright, Charles F.



Ship's Mascot



Former Crew Members

Boudreau, Melvin 


Brockington, Laurence, Slt, RCNVR - 26 Jul 1943


Cybulski, Walter Joseph


Gore, Stanley John, Wt (E), RCNR - 04 Jul 1944


Lee, Robert Elias, Lt, RCNVR - 23 Apr 1945

MacCallum, Peter Malcolm, Lt, RCNVR - 27 Jan 1945


Minty, Gordon Robert, Slt (E), RCNVR - 04 Jun 1943


Ross, Francis Lawrence, Slt, RCNVR - 02 Feb 1945


Scott, Andrew, Slt, RCNVR - 06 May 1943

Shea, Frank Earl, A/War (E), RCN - 21 Feb 1945


Stone, Kenneth Albert, Lt, RCNVR - 29 Jan 1945


Vincelli, John, Slt, RCNVR - 29 Jan 1945


Young, Frank Malcolm, Surg/Lt, RCNVR - 10 Apr 1945


Photos and Documents


On board HMCS Kenora - 1945


Lt Hugh Hamilton, RCNVR, 1st Lt "Wasaga", LCdr Ralph Meredith, RCNR, CO "Kenora", Lt MacCallum, 1st Lt "Kenora" with Adolph Hitler, ex-Fuerher [sic], Germand Forces on board HMCS "Kenora" at Sydney, NS, 24 Sep 1945


From the collection of Hugh Hamilton

Courtesy of Rick Hamilton

HMCS Kenora - 1942

Source: Naval History and Heritage Command. Catalog #: NH 60538