HMCS KENORA J281 / 191
Bangor Class Minesweeper
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.
Ship's movements 15 Dec 1943 - 26 Jan 1943 from the diary of Edward Belsey, RCNVR:
- Departed Halifax 15 Dec 1943 at 0700 // Arrived Newfoundland 20 Dec 1943 at 1500
- Departed Newfoundland 29 Dec 1943 at 0800 // Arrived Halifax 06 Jan 1944 at 1230
- Departed Halifax 13 Jan 1944 at 2400 // Arrived New York 18 Jan 1944 at 1030
- Departed New York 21 Jan 1944 at 1220 // Returned to New York 21 Jan 1944 at 1330
- Departed New York 22 Jan 1944 at 1330 // Arrived Halifax 26 Jan 1944 at 2300
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.
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
Former Crew Members
Photos and Documents
(AG01) SLt Alexander Murray Gow on HMCS KENORA (AG02) Lt, Douglas Wilson Lowe, CO, HMCS KENORA (AG03) Officers on HMCS KENORA L-R: Jack Morgan, Johnny Steedman, Lt Doug Lowe, CO, Alexander Gow, Dave Stevens and Andrew (Scotty) Scott
Up Spirits on HMCS KENORA J281
Alexander Gow can be seen in photos AG04-AG07 in the white dress shirt with sleeves rolled up.
From the collection of Lt Alexander Gow
Courtesy of Doug Gow