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HMCS PORTE QUEBEC 185

HMCS Porte Quebec 185

 

Laid down: 15 Feb 1951

Launched: 28 Aug 1951

Commissioned: 19 Sep 1952

Paid off: 19 Dec 1996

Fate: Sold to private interests. Seized as derelict vessel in 2013. Tender put out to deconstruct in 2015.

 

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 Quebec was paid off on 19 Dec 1996. In 2013, the Porte Quebec and Porte De La Reine were derelict vessels tied up at Skagit Valley, WA, USA. They were seized and towed to Seattle, WA.  On 26 Feb 2015, tender was put out to have the two vessels deconstructed.  Their final disposition is unknown. 

 

Specifications on completion: Displacement: 420 tons full load; Dimensions: Length 125.5 Beam 26.3 Draft: 13ft; Speed: 11 knots; Complement: 3 officers and 20 men; Armament: 1 x 40 mm. The 40mm was later removed.

 

Photos and Documents

 

Commanding Officers

Peter Stow - Mar 1967 - Sep 1967 

 

 

     In memory of those who have crossed the bar    

They shall not be forgotten

A-B

Boughton, Benjamin

1924-2008

 

 

 

 

C-D

Cathcart, Donald Stuart

1931-2017

 

 

 

 

E-F

Ebner, Ernest Fredrick

____-2013

Empey, Frederick William

1939-2013

Fell, Lloyd Allan

1927-2014

Ferguson, Elmer Alexander

1926-2016

 

G-H

Gallo, Mike

1919-2010

Harvey-Smith, Derek

1925-2014

 

 

 

W-X

Weigand, Edwin Vernon

1926-2018

Williams, William Robert

1925-2001

 

 

 

 

Former Crew Members

Fisher, Stan, RCN(R) - late 1960s

 

 

 

Photos and Documents

 

The launching of HMCS Porte Quebec 185

Credit: North Vancouver Museum and Archives - Jack Lewis

Source: McCord Museum website

Scuttle cover on HMCS Porte Quebec 185, painted by Brian Stennes

Courtesy of Brian Stennes

Photos by Kevin Parent

Scuttle cover on HMCS Porte Quebec 185, painted by Brian Stennes

Courtesy of Brian Stennes

Photos by Kevin Parent

 

 

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