Bangor Class Minesweeper



HMCS Lachine J266


Laid down: 27 Dec 1940

Launched: 14 Jun 1941

Commissioned: 20 Jun 1942

Paid off: 31 Jul 1945

Fate: Sold in 1945. Final disposition unknown


Built at Levis, Que, she was commissioned at Quebec City on 20 June 1942, Lachine arrived at Halifax on 04 Jul 1942 and, after repairs and workups, was assigned to Sydney Force in Sep 1942. In Oct 1942 she was transferred to WLEF, and in Jun 1943, became a member of EG W-6, one of the force's newly created escort groups. She served with Halifax Force from Jun 1944 until VE-Day, and on 31 Jul 1945, was paid off at Shelburne. During the war she underwent two refits: the first, at Dalhousie, N.B., from Oct to Nov 1943; the second, at Lunenburg, from Dec 1944 to Mar 1945, followed by workups in Bermuda. An intended transfer to the marine section of the RCMP as Starnes did not materialize, and Lachine was sold in 1945 for conversion to a salvage tug.



Photos and Documents          Ship's Company Photos



Commanding Officers


Lt Breen Philip Young, RCNR - 20 Jun 1942 - 08 May 1943

Lt Louis Frederick Moore, RCNR - 09 May 1943 - 03 Apr 1944

Lt Fred Royal Spindler, RCNVR - 04 Apr 1944 - 18 Feb 1945

Lt Ford Markle Travers, RCNVR - 22 Mar 1945 - 23 Apr 1945

Lt Gordon Frederick Pipe, RCNVR - 24 Apr 1945 - 31 Jul 1945



     In memory of those who made the ultimate sacrifice    

     Lest We Forget     




MPK - 20 Feb 1944



     In memory of those who have crossed the bar    

They shall not be forgotten




Former Crew Members


Beaty, William Stevenson, SLt, RCNVR - 22 Jun 1942


Charbonneau, John Paul, Lt, RCNVR - 26 Apr 1945


Conrad, Ralph Anderson, Wt (E), RCNR - 22 Apr 1941 / 20 Jun 1942


Cox, Edgar Thomas, AB, V24381, RCNVR - 1944

Jones, John Ernest Mayrick, SLt, RCNVR - 22 Jun 1942


Leamen, Clement Frederick, Lt, RCNVR - 13 Mar 1944


MacColl, William Wyness, SLt, RCNR - 20 Jun 1942

Menard, William George, LS, A5332, RCNR - 1944


Morgan, Marcel Cosby, Lt, RCNVR - Jan 1945


Spindler, Fred Royal, Lt, RCNVR - 16 Feb 1943


Whelan, Benjamin John, SLt, RCNVR - 07 Jul 1944



Photos and Documents


Lt Breen Philip Young, RCNR, Commanding Officer, HMCS LACHINE J266 - 20 Jun 1942 - 08 May 1943


From the collection of John Edisforth Heward


Courtesy of Roger Heward

Ian Kerr holding a HMCS LACHINE kisby ring with artwork he painted in the centre


From the collection of Ian Kerr, LS, RCNVR

HMCS LACHINE kisby ring with artwork painted by Ian Kerr


From the collection of Ian Kerr, LS, RCNVR






(HL01) Officers of HMCS LACHINE J266 with guests. Harry Littleford 2nd from left   (HL02) Officers and men aboard HMCS LACHINE J266.  Harry Littleford on right  (HL03) Ratings on HMCS LACHINE J266


From the collection of Harry Littleford, Cdr, RCN(R)


Courtesy of John Littleford








(FM693-FM697) HMCS LACHINE J266 doing manoeuvers around HMCS STANDARD COASTER - circa Jul 1945






(FM698-FM701) HMCS LACHINE J266 doing manoeuvers around HMCS STANDARD COASTER - circa Jul 1945


From the collection of François Messier, AB, RCNVR


Courtesy of Denis Messier