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HMCS  Porte Dauphine 186


Laid down: 16 May 1951

Launched: 14 Apr 1952

Commissioned: 10 Dec 1952

Paid off: Dec 1995

Fate: Sold for commercial use. Final disposition unknown


Built by Pictou Foundry Co., Pictou, NS, she was commissioned on 10 Dec 1952. Named after the gate of the French fortifications at Quebec City and Louisbourg, they were designed specifically to operate the gates in anti-submarine booms, but served primarily as training vessels in peace-time. Porte Dauphine was on loan to the Department of Transport from 1958 to 1974. She was paid off in Dec 1995. Port Dauphine was sold and converted to a live-fish carrier.


Specifications on completion: Displacement: 420 tons full load, Length: 125 ft, Beam: 26.3 ft, Draught: 13 ft, Speed: 11 kts, Complement: 3 officers, 20 men, Armament: 1-40mm.  The 40mm was later removed.


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Commanding Officers

LCdr John Herbert Maxner, RCN - 15 Mar 1951 - unk



     In memory of those who have crossed the bar    

They shall not be forgotten


King, Terry







Photos and Documents


Newspaper article on Dept of Transport vessel Porte Dauphine taking part in Lake Erie Research

The Leamington Post and News, 04 Aug 1960

From the Leamington News Archives

Courtesy of Jake Thomas

The live-fish carrier Salmon Transporter out of the water at Point Hope Shipyard. She was originally built in 1952 as the Canadian Navy gate vessel HMCS Porte Dauphine (YMG 186). August 6, 2011


Credit / Photographer Andrew Lester