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HMCS MIRAMICHI J169

HMCS Miramichi J169

 

Laid down: 03 Nov 1940

Launched: 02 Sep 1941

Commissioned: 26 Nov 1941

Paid off: 24 Oct 1945

Fate: Sold in 1946. Final disposition unknown.

 

Commissioned at Vancouver on 26 No 1941, Miramichi spent her entire service career on the west coast, alternating between Esquimalt Force and Prince Rupert Force. In the summer and fall of 1943, while serving with Esquimalt Force, she was used occasionally for training purposes. She was paid off at Esquimalt on 24 Oct 1945, and is thought to have been broken up at Vancouver in 1949, having been purchased in 1946 by the Union Steamship Co. for conversion that was never proceeded with.

 

Ship's company photos          Photos and Documents

 

Commanding Officers

Lt W.G. Johnstone, RCNR - 26 Nov 1941 - 26 Oct 1942

Lt G.H. Matheson, RCNR - 27 Oct 1942 - 23 Jan 1944

Lt Ronald John Williams, RCNVR - 24 Jan 1944 - 21 Jun 1945

Skpr/Lt Walter Raymond Chester, RCNR - 22 Jun 1945 - 24 Oct 1945

 

     In memory of those who made the ultimate sacrifice    

     Lest We Forget     

 

- Book of Remembrance entry     - Grave or burial information

MAKARSKY, Lee William

L/Writer, V44967, RCNVR

died - 02 Sep 1945 

 

     In memory of those who have crossed the bar    

They shall not be forgotten

A-B

Anderson, Alexander C.

1923-2010

Arthur, Robert Harold

1925-2013

Served in Miramichi as a Torpedoman

 

 

 

C-D

Carnes, William George

1920-2016

Carson, Rodney William Gerald

1926-2015

Served in Miramichi 06 Jan 1945 - 10 Jun 1945

Desjardins, Romeo E.

1921-2015

 

 

E-F

Erickson, Walton Earl

1920-2012

 

 

 

 

G-H

Hawthorne, Charles

____-____

Hansen, Trevor

1920-1997

Huntbatch, N. George

1918-1974

 

 

K-L

Lourie, Norman William

1923-1998

 

 

 

 

M-N

MacLachlan, Peter

1923-2003

Michols, L. Murray

1923-2013

Neilson, Walter Edwin

1915-2009

 

 

S-T

Smith, Robert Louis

1918-2008

Tedford, Jack

____-____

 

 

 

W-X

Webb, Cecil Thomas

1921-1991

 

 

 

 

 

Former Crew Members

Ayre, Anthony, Lt, RCNVR - 06 Jun 1943

 

Boorman, William I., RCNVR - 1941-1942

 

Campbell, Robert Douglas, Lt, RCNVR - 10 Jun 1944

 

Dempster, Wilfred John A/Lt, RCNVR - 18 May 1945

 

Diebel, John Keith, Lt (E), RCNVR - Jan 1945

 

Gale, Robert Read, Lt, RCNVR - 18 Feb 1943

Johnston, William Arnold, Lt, RCNVR - 13 Apr 1943

 

Levevre, Fernand, Slt, RCNVR - 27 Apr 1942

 

Pederson, Kay Ragmar Lystrup, Skpr, RCNR - 31 May 1943

 

Roseboom, Edward Henry, A/War (E), RCNR - 18 Feb 1944

Story, John Herbert, Lt, RCNVR - 12 Jun 1945

 

Turner, John Hyde, Lt, RCNVR - 04 Apr 1944

 

William, Evan, Ch/Skpr, RCNR - 16 Feb 1945

 

Wills, Kenneth Archibald, Slt, RCNVR - 24 Apr 1943

 

Photos and Documents

Lowering the seaboat - HMCS Miramichi J169

From the collection of George Huntbatch

Courtesy of Ross Huntbatch

Our seaboat crew

From the collection of George Huntbatch

Courtesy of Ross Huntbatch

HMCS Miramichi J169 in the slips

From the collection of George Huntbatch

Courtesy of Ross Huntbatch

 

           

 

HMCS Miramichi J169

From the collection of George Huntbatch

Courtesy of Ross Huntbatch

 

 

HMCS Miramichi J169

From the collection of George Huntbatch

Courtesy of Ross Huntbatch

 

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HMCS Miramichi J169 - (1) Port Thrower  (2) The .5s  (3) a pontoon  (4) Our 4-inch gun  (5) Starboard side looking aft on HMCS Miramichi J169  (6) Looking down from the bridge - the 4-inch gun and foc'sle  (7) Looking after from the crow's nest on HMCS Miramichi J169  (8) 2-pdr QF gun aft - this gun replaced the .5 mounts that were moved to the bridge wings.

 

From the collection of George Huntbatch

Courtesy of Ross Huntbatch

 

 

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(1) Reg Burr on HMCS Miramichi J169  (2) Doug Dixon (left) and Stanbridge  (3) "Wash day"  (4) Doug Dixon  (5 & 6) three unknown sailors on HMCS Miramichi J169  (7) Unknown sailor on the 4-inch gun of HMCS Miramichi J169  (8) Two unknown sailors by the 4-inch gun on HMCS Miramichi J169

 

From the collection of George Huntbatch

Courtesy of Ross Huntbatch

 

 

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(1) unknown sailor by the 4-inch gun on HMCS Miramichi J169  (2) George Huntbatch by the 4-inch gun on HMCS Miramichi J169  (3) Two unknown sailors with the catch-of-the-day on HMCS Miramichi J169  (4) unknown sailors scurbbing the sweep deck / quarter deck on HMCS Miramichi J169  (5) unknown sailor in the .5 machinegun tub on HMCS Miramichi J169  (6) unknown sailor catching some rest on HMCS Miramichi J169  (7 & 8) Sailors relaxing on the quarter deck / sweep deck of HMCS Miramichi J169

 

Lt Johnstone (left) Commanding officer HMCS Miramichi J169

From the collection of George Huntbatch

Courtesy of Ross Huntbatch

 

Action Stations on HMCS Miramichi J169 -  L-R/Back to Front - Edge, Sullivan, Huntbatch, Julius, Laughlin, Johnstone, Bailey, Burr

From the collection of George Huntbatch

Courtesy of Ross Huntbatch

HMCS Miramichi J169 in the slips

From the collection of George Huntbatch

Courtesy of Ross Huntbatch

 

Sailors from HMCS Miramichi J169 relaxing ashore

 

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(1) Baker, Rita, Gelner, Gablehouse, MacLachlan, Sullivan  (2) "Horizantal"  (3) Baker, Julius, Bailey, Tian, Gablehouse, MacLachlan, Sullivan

 

From the collection of George Huntbatch

Courtesy of Ross Huntbatch

 

Unknown minesweeper coming alongside HMCS Miramichi J169 - possibly HMCS Bellechase J170

From the collection of George Huntbatch

Courtesy of Ross Huntbatch

 

 

 

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