For Posterity's Sake         

A Royal Canadian Navy Historical Project

HMCS MINAS J165

Then HMCS MINAS 189 (1952)

 

Post wartime badge

HMCS Minas J165

 

Battle honours and awards:  Atlantic  1941-44,   Normandy  1944

 

 

Laid down: 18 Oct 1940

Launched: 22 Jan 1941

Commissioned: 02 Aug 1941

Paid off: 06 Oct 1945

Re-acquired by RCN: 1952

Re-Commissioned: 15 Mar 1955

Paid off: 07 Nov 1955

Fate: Sold for scrap in 1958. Broken up in 1959

 

Named for Minas Basin in the Bay of Fundy, she was built at Vancouver and commissioned there 02 Aug 1941. She sailed for Halifax on 13 Sep 1941, arriving on 19 Oct 1941. After brief service with Sydney Force, she was assigned in Jan 1942, to Newfoundland Force. In Nov 1942 she transferred to WLEF, and when WLEF was divided into escort groups in Jun 1943, she became a member of EG W-7. That December she was re-assigned to W-4. On 01 Feb 1943, she collided with HMS Liscomb outside Halifax, necessitating a month's repairs. Minas left Halifax for the U.K. on 20 Feb 1944, with Blairmore, Fort William and Milltown, via the Azores. on arrival in the U.K. on 08 Mar 1944, she was assigned to the 31st Minesweeping Flotilla for invasion duties, and was on hand on D-Day. In Sep 1944 she proceeded to Canada to refit at Dartmouth, N.S., returning to Plymouth in Jan 1945. There she rejoined the 31st Flotilla until she sailed again for Canada on 04 Sep 1945. She was paid off into reserve at Shelburne on 06 Oct 1945, and later moved to Sorel, but was re-acquired by the RCN in 1952 and re-commissioned on 15 Mar 1955 for training on the west coast.  Paid off on 07 Nov 1955, she was sold in Aug 1958, and broken up at Seattle the following year.

 

Commanding Officers

Lt J.C. Barbour, RCNR - 02 Aug 1941 - 24 Nov 1941

Lt J.C. Barbour, RCNR - 02 Dec 1941 - 13 Sep 1942

Lt William Frederick Wood, RCNR - 14 Sep 1942 - 17 Jun 1943

Lt James Barrett Lamb, RCNVR - 18 Jun 1943 - 25 Oct 1944

Lt John Gault Kingsmill, RCNVR - 26 Oct 1944 - 01 Sep 1945

LCdr Kenneth Albert Stone, RCN - 15 Mar 1955 - 07 Nov 1955

 

     In memory of those who have crossed the bar    

They shall not be forgotten

A-B

Bailie, Theodore S.

1922-2014

Baxendale, Francis Wilmont

____-2003

Brown, Norman Frank

1917-2005

Served in Minas 03 Sep 1942 to 29 Sep 1942

Bruce, Frank

1925-2001

 

C-D

Cockburn, Alfred J.

____-2011

Dimond, Douglas

____-____

 

 

 

G-H

Goodwin, Willard

1924-2016

 

 

 

 

K-L

Lamb, James Barrett

1919-2000

 

 

 

 

M-N

McCombie, Gerald

1920-2010

McKenzie, J.W.

____-2004

 

 

 

 

Former Crew Members

Bernatchez, Joseph Jean Thomas Henri Maurice, Lt, RCNVR - 28 Apr 1943

 

Bosley, Raymond Sedgemore Locke, Slt, RCNVR - 11 Feb 1944

 

Eriksen, Thorstein, Lt (E), RCNR - 07 Jun 1942

 

Hawkesford, Ronald Carstairs, A/Wt (E), RCNVR  - 10 Apr 1942

Hebert, Joseph Andre Leopold, A/Lt, RCNVR - 20 Feb 1944

 

Hoffman, Ward Roderick, Slt (E), RCNVR - 31 May 1943

 

Kingsmill, John Gault, Slt, RCNVR - Jan 1942

 

Lillie, Edward Burns, Slt, RCNVR - 19 Feb 1943

McCarthy, John Alt, Lt, RCNVR - 01 Apr 1945

 

Palmquist, Pelle

 

Rosser, Ralph, Electrician 

 

Williams, Ian Graham Harvard, Lt, RCNVR - Jan 1943

 

 

Photos and Documents

 

 

Links

 

The Memory Project - Ralph Rosser

 

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