HMCS PORTAGE J331 / 169

 

Algerine Class Minesweeper

 


 

 

Post wartime badge

HMCS PORTAGE J331 as convoy escort

From the collection of Hugh Hamilton

Courtesy of Rick Hamilton

DND/RCN photo

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Battle honours and awards:  Atlantic 1944-45

 

 

Laid down: 23 May 1942

Launched: 21 Nov 1942

Commissioned: 22 Oct 1943

Paid off: 31 Jul 1946

Re-commissioned: 1947

Paid off:

Re-commissioned: 12 Apr 1949

Paid off:

Re-commissioned; 01 Apr 1958

Paid off: 26 Sep 1958

Fate: Broken up in 1961

 

Built by Port Arthur Shipbuilding Co., Ltd., Port Arthur, Ont, she was named for Portage la Prairie, Man. She was commissioned at Port Arthur on 22 Oct 1943, and arrived at Halifax on 28 Nov 1943. After working up in St. Margaret's Bay Portage was assigned to EG W-2 of Western Escort Force as Senior Officer's Ship, late in Jan 1944. In mid-Apr 1944 she was transferred, still as S.O., to W-3, and continued as such until late Oct 1944, when she underwent an extensive refit at Liverpool, N.S. She then proceeded to Bermuda for workups, rejoining W-3 in Mar 1945. The group was disbanded in Jun 1945 and Portage was placed in maintenance reserve at Sydney and then at Halifax, when she was paid off on 31 Jul 1946. She was re-activated for training purposes during the summers of 1947 and 1948, and spent most of the period between 1949 and 1959 in the same role, much of the time on the Great Lakes. She was finally paid off 26 Sep 1958, and scrapped at Sorel three years later.

 


 

Photos and Documents          The Ship's Bell

 


 

Commanding Officers

 

A/LCdr James Philip Fraser 01 Sep 1943 - 10 Oct 1943

Lt Breen Philip Young, RCNR - 22 Oct 1943 - 19 Dec 1943

A/LCdr George Murray Kaizer, RCNR - 20 Dec 1943 - 04 Jun 1945

Lt John Gregory Macdonell, RCNVR - 05 Jun 1945 - 13 Jul 1945

LCdr George Murray Kaizer, RCNR - 14 Jul 1945 - 02 Aug 1945

Lt W.E. Williams, RCNR - 23 Oct 1945 - 02 Nov 1945

Lt William Rodney Aylwin, RCNVR - 03 Nov 1945 - 05 Feb 1946

A/Lt William Errol Hughson, RCNR - 06 Feb 1946 - 08 Apr 1946

Lt Cecil Julian Benoit, RCN - 09 Apr 1946 - 02 Jun 1946

Lt Murray Hamel Cooke, RCN - 03 Jun 1946 - 31 Jul 1946

Lt John Beaumont Bugden, RCN - 12 Apr 1947 - 30 Sep 1947

LCdr Angus H. Rankin, RCN - 24 Mar 1948 - 18 Aug 1948

LCdr Douglas M. MacDonald, RCN - 12 Apr 1949 - 27 Oct 1949

Lt W.W. MacColl, RCN - 28 Oct 1949 - 16 Feb 1950

Lt Eric Phillip Earnshaw, RCN - 17 Feb 1950 - 23 Jun 1951

Lt John Harris MacLean, RCN - 24 Jun 1951 - 15 Mar 1953

LCdr Arthur Bruce Torrie, RCN - 16 Mar 1953 - 25 Nov 1954

LCdr Harold E.T.Lawrence, RCN - 23 Apr 1955 - 25 Oct 1956

LCdr K.R. Crombie, RCN - 26 Oct 1956 - 05 May 1957

LCdr John Anderson Farquhar, RCN - 06 May 1957 - 24 Sep 1957

LCdr Charles Walter Fleming, RCN - 01 Apr 1958 - 26 Sep 1958

 


 

     In memory of those who have crossed the bar    

They shall not be forgotten

 

Aylwin, William R.

Balch, Kenneth J.

Bennett, George M.

Bernard, Pierre Y.

Bond, Walter

Book, Kenneth E.

Cassivi, Louis A.

Crossley, Sidney R.

Crowley, Michael J.P.

Curry, Donald G.

Doyle, Henry H.G.

Dunbar, Francis J.

Dyck, Henry W.

Fraser, James P.

Frizzell, Wayne

Guy, Allan R.

Guy, Rex G.

Hamilton, Hugh P.

Hawboldt, Robert W.

Hughson, William E.

Jaeger, Albert

Jones, Lloyd I.

Kemp, Harold D.

Kyle, Ted

Lees, Joseph A.W.

Logie, Robert D.

MacIntyre, Norman E.

MacKinnon, Hugh

Mahoney, John E.

McGinn, George H.

Melanson, Louis M.

Morehouse, Robert E.

Morton, John P.

Mulcahy, George S.

Palmer, Robert D.

Patterson, Leagh

Patterson, Merville J.

Pettit, Kenneth F.

Roberts, Ralph D.

Roberts, Trevor J.F.

Robertson, Ronald A.

Rock, Raymond

Rowland, Arthur F.

Rowse, Arthur W.

Sirett, John F.

Smith, Raymond

Somers, George H.

Stanbrook, Wilfred T.

Stitt, Don M.

Tobin, Bruce T.G.

Tomlinson, Samuel G.

Walsh, Donald E.

Wilson, Joseph F.

Young, Breen P.

 

 


 

Former Crew Members

 

Berlin, Abraham David, SLt (El), RCNVR - 16 Feb 1944

 

Buliung, John Reginald, SLt, RCNVR - 19 Mar 1945

 

Cram, Robert Henry, Surg/Lt, RCNVR - Jan 1944

 

Donald, James Ian Bruce, A/SLt, RCN - 14 May 1948

 

Dunbar, Francis John, A/SLt, RCN - 14 May 1948

 

Huculak, Walter, Lt (El) (R), RCNVR - 05 Jun 1944

Huntington, Samuel Robert, lt, RCN(R) - 25 Jun 1951

 

Lutton, Thomas George, SLt, RCNVR - Jan 1945

 

Martin, Fred

 

McDonald, Wallace Arthur, Lt, RCNVR - 06 Mar 1945

 

McDonald, Wallace Robert, Lt, RCNVR - 22 Mar 1944

 

Middleton, Robert Earl, RCN

Nuttall, Raymond, A/Wt (E), RCNVR - 17 Apr 1945

 

Palmer, William Ward, Lt, RCN

 

Redford, Douglas Bernard, Lt (E), RCNR - 31 May 1943

 

Stewart, Norm, AB, 26959-H, RCN

 

Sullivan, Gerald, AA 3 - Jan 1952

 

Walkey, James Nicol, Wt (E), RCN - 27 Mar 1946

 

Watts, Ernest Hay, A/Surg/LCdr - RCNVR - 24 Jul 1944

 


 

Photos and Documents

 

HMCS Portage J331

Courtesy of Erling Baldorf

HMCS Portage J331

Courtesy of the CFB Esquimalt Naval and Military Museum

Training Cruise On Lake For Naval Reserve

Newspaper article from the Picton Gazette, Mar. 16, 1949

Source: Prince Edward County Archives Microfilm collection

Researched and complied by: John Lyons 2016

Newspaper article from the Picton Times, Aug. 6, 1949

Source: Prince Edward County Archives Microfilm collection

Researched and complied by: John Lyons 2015

Training Cruise for Local Unit

Newspaper article from the Picton Gazette, July 20, 1949

Source: Prince Edward County Archives Microfilm collection

Researched and complied by: John Lyons 2015

Gold Cup Feature of Monday's Regatta

Newspaper article from the Picton Gazette, July 29, 1949

Source: Prince Edward County Archives Microfilm collection

Researched and complied by: John Lyons 2015

Navy Has Interesting Evening of Training

Newspaper article from the Picton Time, July 16, 1949

Source: Prince Edward County Archives Microfilm collection

Researched and complied by: John Lyons 2015

HMCS Portage Visitor Here

Newspaper article from the Picton Gazette, August 3, 1949

Source: Prince Edward County Archives Microfilm collection

Researched and complied by: John Lyons 2015

Local Sailors Leave For Toronto Ex

Newspaper article on local RCNR members participating in the Toronto Ex on ML Q121 (HMCS Portage mentioned in article)

The Picton Gazette, September 2, 1949

Source: Prince Edward County Archives Microfilm collection

Researched and complied by: John Lyons 2015

Newspaper article on Naval Reserve training involving HMCS Portage 169

The Picton Times, May 28, 1949

Source: Prince Edward County Archives Microfilm collection

Researched and complied by: John Lyons 2015

Newspaper article on the Picton Regatta in which HMCS Portage and ML Q121 were present

The Picton Gazette, August 3, 1949

Source: Prince Edward County Archives Microfilm collection

Researched and complied by: John Lyons 2015

HMCS Portage 169 circa 1952

Harold Kemp (right) on HMCS Portage - date unknown

Source: obituary for Harold Kemp

HMCS Portage - date unknown

Courtesy of Dave Shirlaw

 


 

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