For Posterity's Sake
A Royal Canadian Navy Historical Project
HMCS VEGREVILLE J257
Built by Canadian Vickers Ltd., Montreal, Que., she was commissioned at Montreal on 10 Dec 1941. Vegreville arrived at Halifax on 18 Dec 1941 and was assigned to WLEF. She was re-assigned to Gulf Escort Force in Jun 1942, and transferred in Sep 1942 to Newfoundland Force. In Jan 1944, she was assigned to invasion duties, and sailed on 19 Feb 1944 from Halifax for Plymouth via the Azores, in company with Caraquet, Cowichan, and Malpeque. Arriving at Plymouth on 13 Mar 1944, Vegreville was assigned successively to the 32nd, 14th and 31st Minesweeping Flotillas, and was present on D-Day as part of the 14th. In Sep 1944, she proceeded to Canada to refit at Sydney, returning to Plymouth on 04 Feb 1945. On 23 Apr 1945, while operating off the French coast, she was damaged by a mine and sustained severe damage to her port engine. Dockyard survey at Devonport indicated that she was not worth repairing at that stage of the war, and she was laid up at Falmouth in Jun 1945. Paid off on 06 Jun 1945, she was broken up at Hayle, U.K., in 1947.