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A Royal Canadian Navy Historical Project


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


Barnett, Robert Alexander


Cummings, John


Drafted to Port Hope at Slt, RCNVR

Dalziel, Samuel Keith


Essex, Stanley R.

Fryer, J. Douglas


Hamer, Thomas W.


Keep, John Percy


Served in Port Hope during WW2

Lester, Richard Kingsley


3rd Commanding Officer




McGregor, Douglas Graham


Drafted to Port Hope 28 Jul 1944 as an A/Lt, RCNVR

Nichols, David Robert


Nicholson, Walter J.M.

Pearson, John Joseph Kee


Ritchie, Ernest L.

Rowlin, George W.

Welsh, George Harrison


Young, Gaston G.




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      The Memory Project


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

Source: Port Hope History 


HMCS Port Hope J280 Christmas Card

Courtesy of Hugh Muir