HMCS PORT HOPE J280 / 183

 

Bangor Class Minesweeper

 


 

HMCS PORT HOPE J280

 

Laid down: 09 Sep 1941

Launched: 14 Dec 1941

Commissioned: 30 Jul 1942

Paid off: 13 Oct 1945

Re-acquired by RCN: 1952

Fate: Sold for scrap in Feb 1959 and broken up

 

Commissioned at Toronto on 30 Jul 1942, PORT HOPE arrived at Halifax on 29 Aug 1942 and on completion of workshops, joined Halifax Force. In May 1943, owing to U-boat activity in the Gulf of St. Lawrence, she was transferred to Gaspé Force, but returned to Halifax Force in Nov 1943. In Jan 1944, she was transferred to Newfoundland Force. In Oct 1944 she underwent an extensive refit at Saint John and Halifax, on completion of which she went to Bermuda to work up. Returning, PORT HOPE served a short further stint with Halifax Force from Apr to Jun 1945, then performed miscellaneous duties on the east coast until paid off at Sydney on 13 Oct 1945. She lay in strategic reserve at Sorel until 1952, when the RCN re-acquired her, She was was not re-commissioned, and was sold in February, 1959, for breaking up at Sorel.

 


 

Photos and Documents          Ship's company photos          The Ship's Bell

 


 

Commanding Officers

 

Lt William Turner, RCNR - 30 Jul 1942 - 01 Dec 1942

Lt A.H. Rankin, RCNVR - 02 Feb 1942 - 08 Apr 1943

Lt Richard Kingsley Lester, RCNVR - 09 Apr 1943 - 17 Mar 1944

Lt Robert Michael Montague, RCNVR - 17 Jul 1945 - unk

 


 

     In memory of those who have crossed the bar    

They shall not be forgotten

 

 


 

Former Crew Members

 

Arnet, Andy - Commissioning crew

 

Brown, John Greenfield, Skpr, RCNR - 23 Jun 1942 (Stand by) / 30 Jul 1942

 

Coombs, Robert Arthur, Lt (E), RCNVR - 01 May 1943 (Stand by) / 30 Jun 1943

 

Daly, William Patrick, Lt (E), RCNVR - 09 Mar 1944

 

Dawson, Thomas Norman, A/Lt, RCNVR - 24 Feb 1945

 

Edmundson, Joseph William, Wt (E), RCNR - 13 Jul 1942 (stand by) / 30 Jul 1942

Gagnon, Jacques, SLt, RCNVR - 20 Feb 1943

 

Meredith, Douglas George, SLt, RCNVR - 16 Feb 1945

 

Nickerson, Donald Earle, Lt, RCNVR - 15 Jun 1942 (Stand by) / 30 Jul 1942

 

Percival, Alan Fullerton, SLt, RCNVR - Jan 1944

 

Russell, Norman Gardner, SLt, RCNVR - 16 Mar 1944

 

Scrivener, Douglas Alfred, A/Lt, RCNVR - 26 Jun 1944

Sowerby, John Cornelius, SLt, RCNVR - 02 Jun 1942 (Stand by) / 30 Jul 1942

 

Staples, Joseph Lexis Crawford, SLt, RCNVR - 04 Feb 1943

 

Walker, Roy Arthur, Lt (E), RCNVR - 16 Jun 1945

 

Weldon, Lawrence Albert   

 


 

Photos and Documents

 

Newspaper article - H.M.C.S. PORT HOPE J280 Is Being Rapidly Outfitted

The Evening Guide, PORT HOPE, 19 Jan 1942

Newspaper article on HMCS PORT HOPE being adopted by the town of PORT HOPE, Ontario - dated 06 Aug 1942

 

From the collection of A/Sto PO George Rowlin

 

Courtesy of Ron Rowlin

HMCS PORT HOPE J280 at PORT HOPE Harbour, July 1942

 

DND / RCN Photo - Crown copyright

 

HMCS PORT HOPE J280 Christmas Card

Courtesy of Hugh Muir

 


 

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