For Posterity's Sake         

A Royal Canadian Navy Historical Project

HMCS TRANSCONA J271

Then RCMP Vessel FRENCH

 

Source: VirtualMuseum.ca

HMCS Transcona J271

From the collection of H.S. (Tim) Lee

Courtesy of Ryan Lee

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Laid down: 18 Dec 1940

Launched: 26 Apr 1941

Commissioned: 25 Nov 1942

Paid off: 12 Jun 1945

Transferred to the RCMP Marine Division

Commissioned: 01 Sep 1945

Paid off: 1961

Fate: Sold for scrap in 1961

 

Built at Sorel and commissioned there on 25 Nov 1942, Transcona was the last Bangor class minesweeper to join the RCN. She arrived at Halifax on 19 Dec 1942, having escorted HMCS Provider en route, and remained in shipyard hands there from 22 Dec 1942 to 06 Mar 1943, owing to engine defects. Following workups at Halifax, she was assigned in Apr 1943, to WLEF and, in June, to newly created EG W-2. In May 1944, she joined Halifax Force, remaining until Jun 1945, after which she performed various local tasks until she was paid off at Sydney on 12 Jun 1945. On 01 Sep 1945 Transcona was transferred to the marine section of the RCMP and renamed French. She was sold for scrap at La Have, N.S, in 1961.

 

Commanding Officers

Lt Harry Bush Tindale, RCNVR - 25 Nov 1942 - 17 Jan 1944

A/LCdr Albert Elliott Gough, RCNVR - 18 Jan 1944 - 06 Apr 1945

Lt John Newby Fraser, RCNVR - 03 May 1945 - 18 Aug 1945

Skpr/Lt Harris Vernon Mossman, RCNR - 19 May 1945 - 12 Jun 1945

 

     In memory of those who have crossed the bar    

They shall not be forgotten

C-D

Clarke, Scot

1921-2011

 

 

 

 

O-P

Peters, Michael Francis

1922-2011

Pike, Raymond

1919-2006

 

 

 

 

Former Crew Members

Allan, Gordon, Lt, RCNR - 24 Apr 1945

 

Garrick, David, Lt, RCNVR - 21 May 1943

 

Goodall, George Graham, Slt, RCNVR - 23 May 1945

 

Gough, Jack 

 

Grant, Donald MacArthur, Lt, RCNVR - 28 Mar 1944

Gross, Robert Wallace, Slt, RCNVR - 25 May 1945

 

Jordan, William James, Slt, RCNVR - 26 Feb 1945

 

Miller, William James, Lt, RCNVR - 27 Jan 43 / 08 May 1944

 

Present, Edward John, A/Lt, RCNVR - 25 Apr 1944

Simpson, Douglas, Slt (E), RCNVR - 27 Jul 1944

 

Skelly, Thomas Denis, Slt, RCNVR - Jan 1944

 

Welch, Slt Arnold Philip, RCNVR - 04 Feb 1944

 

Whelan, Eldred, Slt, RCNVR - 28 Jun 1944

 

 

Photos and Documents

 

 

Links

 

Remembering VE Day: Battling the enemy and a merciless sea

 

 

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