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A Royal Canadian Navy Historical Project




HMCS Nipigon J154


Battle honours and awards:  Atlantic  1941-45,   Gulf of St. Lawrence  1942, 1944



Laid down: 04 Jul 1940

Launched: 01 Oct 1940

Commissioned: 08 Nov 1941

Paid off: 13 Oct 1945

Re-acquired by RCN: 1952

Transferred to the Turkish Navy: 29 Nov 1957

Paid off: 1972

Fate: Unknown


built by Dufferin Shipbuilding Co., Toronto, Ont, she was commissioned at Toronto on 11 Aug 1941. She arrived at Halifax on 05 Sep 1941 and was the first of the Bangor class to join Sydney Force, on 03 Oct 1941, and remained with it until her return to Halifax on 17 Jan 1942. She was then assigned for varying periods to WLEF, Halifax Force, and Newfoundland Force. She was again attached to WLEF when, in Jun 1943, that force was divided into escort groups, and she commenced a major refit at Lunenburg and Liverpool, N.S., on completion of which she sailed in May 1944 to work up in Bermuda. Returning in mid-Jun 1944, she was assigned to Halifax Force until it was disbanded a year later, afterward performing various duties on the Atlantic coast. Nipigon was paid off at Sydney on 13 Oct 1945, and laid up at Shelburne. She was placed in strategic reserve at Sorel in 1946 but was re-acquired and refitted in 1952, though not re-commissioned. She was transferred to the Turkish Navy on 29 Nov 1957 and served a Bafra until 1972.


Photos and Documents          Ship's company photos


Commanding Officers

LCdr Arthur Truman Morrell, RCNR - 11 Aug 1941 - 14 Feb 1942

A/LCdr Clarence Aubrey King, RCNR - 15 Feb 1942 - 11 May 1942

Lt John Brock, RCNVR - 12 May 1942 - 04 Oct 1942

Lt W.J. Piercy, RCNVR - 05 Oct 1942 - 28 Mar 1944

Lt William Turner, RCNR - 29 Mar 1944 -  11 Apr 1944

Lt Donald Richard Baker, RCNVR - 12 Apr 1944 -  04 Feb 1945

Lt John Russell Brown, RCNVR - 05 Feb 1945 - 13 Oct 1945


     In memory of those who made the ultimate sacrifice    

     Lest We Forget     

HAY, James Clark

AB, V14886, RCNVR

killed - 03 May 1943 


     In memory of those who have crossed the bar    

They shall not be forgotten

Abbott, William Charles


Birbeck, Richard W.


Served in Nipigon during WW 2

Chandler, Thomas H.

Crossley, Sidney Ross


Farley, Gerald R.

Gervais, John


Hedstrom, Arnold Douglas

Served in Nipigon 21 Dec 1943 - 13 Mar 1944 as a L/SBA, RCNVR

King, Clarence A.

Melanson, Edward G.


Myers, Frank S.

Orr, John Cecil


Drafted to Nipigon in Jan 1943 as a Slt, RCNVR

Tilbury, Albert E.

Wilcox, Thomas Gordon





Former Crew Members

Bechtel, Willard Hagey, Slt (E), RCNVR - 04 Apr 1945


Buckingham, Gordon Cameron, Skpr, RCNR - 22 Mar 1941


Cambell, Robert Lorne, Lt (E), RCNVR - Jan 1944


Dalton, Cuthbert Frederick Robert, Lt, RCNVR - 03 May 1941


Dunn, Robert Wesley Ault, Slt, RCNVR - 21 Jun 1942


Garland, Robert Dunlap, Slt, RCNVR - 26 Mar 1945


Hamill, Frank William, Lt, RCNVR - 15 May 1943


Hepburn, Bernard Rickart, Slt (E), RCNVR - 15 Jul 1942

Kirkwood, John Regan, Slt (E), RCNVR - 04 Apr 1944


Lavoie, Joseph Charles Barrome, Skp/Lt, RCNR - 22 Apr 1944


MacDonald, Ian Huntley, Lt, RCNVR - 04 Feb 1942


Maxwell, Thomas William, Slt, RCNVR - 21 Feb 1944


McAuley, Alfred Joseph, Slt, RCNVR - 28 Jan 1945


Miller, Robert Dean, Lt, RCNVR - 16 Feb 1943


Minoque, Howard Douglas, Slt (E), RCNVR - 15 Feb 1943

Morris, Norman Campbell, Slt, RCNVR - 28 Jun 1943


Nickerson, Donald Earle, Slt, RCNVR - 0 Feb 1942


O'Kelly, Edward Ross, Slt, RCNVR - 09 Mar 1942


Price, James Edwin, Slt, RCNVR - 21 Mar 1945


Scott, William Andrew, Lt, RCNVR - 06 Feb 1945


Swackhamer, James William, Slt, RCNVR - Jan 1944


Turnhill, Eric Stanley, Slt, RCNVR - 15 Feb 1944


Photos and Documents


HMCS NIPIGON J154 jacket patch


This patch is 9 inches across and was likely meant for the back of a jacket


From the collection of David Aikenhead


Courtesy of Jim Aikenhead

HMCS Nipigon J154

From the collection of William Connor

Courtesy of Jason Slater

HMCS Nipigon J154

From the collection of John C. Orr

Courtesy of John P. Orr

HMCS Nipigon's Q.F. 12 pdr (3-inch gun)

From the collection of John C. Orr

Courtesy of John P. Orr


Fo'c's'le of HMCS Nipigon J154 - 1943

From the collection of John C. Orr

Courtesy of John P. Orr

HMCS Nipigon J154 - iced-up - Christmas Day 1943

From the collection of John C. Orr

Courtesy of John P. Orr

HMCS Nipigon J154 - a half hour after de-icing - Christmas Day 1943

From the collection of John C. Orr

Courtesy of John P. Orr

Officers and ratings on the quarter deck of a minesweeper. Lt Orr - rear centre

It is not known if this photo was taken on HMCS Nipigon J154 or HMCS Ungava J149 - Lt John Orr served in both ships.

It has been placed in the gallery for each ship.

From the collection of John C. Orr

Courtesy of John P. Orr