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A Royal Canadian Navy Historical Project

HMCS PORTAGE J331 / 169

 

Post wartime badge

HMCS Portage J331

 

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.

 

Commanding Officers

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, DSC, 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 Heatherington Rankin, OBE, RCN - 24 Mar 1948 - 18 Aug 1948

LCdr Douglas Mitchell 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 Ernest Thomas Lawrence, DSC, 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

A-B

Aylwin, William Rodney

1908-1950

Bernard, Pierre

1918-2015

Bond, Walter

1918-2009

 

 

C-D

Crossley, Sidney Ross

1920-2008

Crowley, Michael Joseph Patrick

1929-2015

Curry, Donald George

____-2014

 

 

G-H

Guy, Allan Ross

1925-2016

Guy, Rex Geoffrey

____-2006

Hughson, William Errol

____-2007

7th Commanding Officer

 

 

K-L

Lees, Joseph Ambrose Walter

____-____

Served in Portage 23 Oct 1943-18 Sept 44

 

 

 

 

M-N

MacIntyre, Norman Elwell

____-2015

MacKinnon, Hugh

1919-2013

Mulcahy, George Stanley

____-2016

Served in Portage during WW 2

 

 

O-P

Patterson, Leagh

1922-2008

Pettit, Kenneth Frederick

1922-2014

 

 

 

Q-R

Roberts, Ralph Donald

1931-2012

Rock, Raymond

1922-2016

Rowse, Arthur William

1931-2017

Served in Portage in 1953

 

 

S-T

Sirett, John F.

1920-2008

Smith, Raymond

1939-2012

Somers, George Henry

1921-2009

Stitt, Don M.

1924-____

Served in Portage after WW 2

Tomlinson, Samuel George

1927-2016

Served in Portage in 1953-1954 as Slt / Lt, RCN

W-X

Walsh, Donald E.

1924-2014

Wilson, Joseph Frank

1922-2012

 

 

 

Y-Z

Young, Breen Philip

1912-1956

1st Commanding Officer

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

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

Palmer, William Ward, Lt, RCN

 

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

 

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

 

Links

Wartime memoirs of Joseph A.W. Lees

 

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