Minesweeping Auxiliary



HMCS Ross Norman

Source: The Ships of Canada's Naval Forces 1910-1981 by Ken Macpherson and John Burgess


Acquired by RCN: 19 Jun 1940

Paid off: 08 Apr 1946

Fate: Sold in 1947. lost by stranding on 18 Nov 1952

Length: 131.6 ft

Beam: 28 ft

Draught: 12.5 ft

Speed: 10 kts

Complement: 4 officers, 21 men.


Built at Lunenburg, NS, she was a wooden-hulled coaster. Chartered on 19 Jun 1940, Ross Norman served successively as auxiliary minesweeper, coil skid towing craft and mobile deperming craft with Halifax Local Defence Force. She was purchased on 26 Aug 1943. Paid off on 08 Apr 1946, she was sold in 1947 and, as Chicoutimi Trader, was lost by stranding on Grindstone Island, Que., on 18 Nov 1952.



Photos and Documents



Commanding Officers


LCdr Robert August Dakin, RCNVR - 01 Jul 1945 - unk



     In memory of those who have crossed the bar    

They shall not be forgotten




 Former Crew Members


Booth, Charles Douglas, SLt, RCNVR - 25 Apr 1945


Colamie, Bill


Dalgleish, Gordon, Sig, RCNVR - 1943

Matthews, Edmund Roy, Mate, RCNR - 27 Jan 1942


McMurty, William Wesley, Lt, RCNR - 05 Apr 1943

Moore, Francis Everett, SLt, RCNVR - Jan 1945


Thornton, James Philip, Lt (SB), RCNVR - 15 Apr 1942



Photos and Documents




(JR09) John Rickard on the aft deck of HMCS ROSS NORMAN - 1940  (JR10) John Rickard (left) with Bill Colamie splicing lines in the after hold of HMCS ROSS NORMAN

From the collection of John A. Rickard, AB, RCNVR


Courtesy of  John H. Rickard




Newspaper article on HMCS Ross Norman surpassing its goal for the Fourth Victory Loan Campaign


Halifax Chronicle Herald 27 Apr 1943


Sailors in photo: Sig Gordon Dalgleish, RCNVR and AB Robert Agombar, RCNVR


Research by / Courtesy of George Newbury