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A Royal Canadian Navy Historical Project

HMCS SWIFT CURRENT J254 / 185

Then Turkish Naval Vessel BOZCAADA (1958)

HMCS Swift Current J254

 

Laid down: 01 Oct 1940

Launched: 29 May 1941

Commissioned: 11 Nov 1941

Decommissioned: 23 Oct 1945

Re-acquired: 1951

Paid off: 29 Mar 1958

Transferred to the Turkish Navy: 29 Mar 1958

Paid off: 1971

Fate: Unknown

 

Built at Montreal, she was commissioned there on  11 Nov 1941. She arrived at Halifax on 24 Nov 1941 and was based there for A/S training. In May 1942, Swift Current was moved to Pictou in the same capacity, and continued in this role until Feb 1943, when she was transferred to Halifax Force. She went to Gaspé Force in Jun 1943, but returned to Halifax Force in Nov 1943. In Feb 1944, following a major refit at Lunenburg, she was transferred to Newfoundland Force, remaining there until Jun 1945. Miscellaneous duties occupied her until she was paid off at Sydney on 23 Oct 1945, and laid up at Shelburne. Swift Current was placed in strategic reserve at Sorel the following year, but re-acquired by the RCN in 1951 owing to the Korean emergency. However, she was not re-commissioned and was handed over to the Turkish Navy on 29 Mar 1958. Re-named Bozcaada, she remained in Turkish service until 1971.

 

Commanding Officers

LCdr A.G. King, RCNR - 30 Sep 1941 - 18 Apr 1942

Lt Ian Hunter Bell, RCNVR - 19 Apr 1942 - 27 Sep 1942

Lt J. Evelyn, RCNR - 28 Sep 1942 - 07 Apr 1944

Lt Kenneth David Health, RCNVR - 08 Apr 1944 - 13 May 1945

Lt John Newby Fraser, RCNVR - 14 May 1945 - 26 Jul 1945

Lt Philip Joseph Laurence, RCNR - 27 Jul 1945 - 23 Oct 1945

 

     In memory of those who have crossed the bar    

They shall not be forgotten

A-B

Bovey, John Henry Gordon

1917-1989

 

 

 

 

C-D

Crossley, Sidney Ross

1920-2008

 

 

 

 

E-F

Edgar, William Keith

1926-2013

 

 

 

 

G-H

Gillis, Harold George

1923-2015

Served in Swift Current in 1945

 

 

 

 

I-J

Johnstone, Norman Laurence

1923-2003

 

 

 

 

S-T

Shannon Richard Blake

1925-2011

 

 

 

 

W-X

Walker, Leslie

1918-2009

 

 

 

 

 

Former Crew Members

Bartram, Howard Frederick, Lt, RCNVR - 11 Apr 1944

 

Bovey, John Henry Gordon, Lt, RCNVR - Jan 1942

 

Browne, Arthur Dazzle, Lt, RCNVR - 01 Jun 1942

 

Burnes, Miles Carleton, Slt, RCNVR - 15 May 1943

 

Carlile, James Sim, Slt, RCNVR - 29 Apr 1943

 

Cooper, Charles Forester Whitter, Lt, RCNVR - 14 May 1945

 

Deakin, Ernest, Wt (E), RCNR - 01 Apr 1942 (Stand by)

Finley, Eric Gault, Slt, RCNVR - 24 May 1942

 

Halliday, John Allan, Slt, RCNVR - 20 Feb 1945

 

Henry, Ross Arthur, A/Lt, RCNVR - 23 Apr 1945

 

Hoddington, Aubrey Vyvyan, A/Wt (E), RCNR - 06 Apr 1942

 

Jeffrey, Joseph Gerard Evangeliste, Skpr, RCNR - 13 Mar 1942

 

Kent, Dennis Edward, A/Wt (E), RCN - 24 Jun 1943

McTague, Jon Charles, Lt, RCNVR - 29 Jan 1944

 

Michie, John Richards, Slt (E), RCNVR - 19 Mar 1945

 

Plosz, Albert James, Slt, RCNVR - 26 Mar 1945

 

Quinton, John Ernest, Lt, RCNVR - Jan 1943

 

Renfrew, James Gibb, A/Wt (E), RCN - 01 May 1942

 

Warren, Jack Hamilton, Slt, RCNVR - Jan 1942

 

Wilson, Ronald Spurge, Slt (E), RCNVR - 06 Mar 1944

 

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