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HMCS Venosta, 1940

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


Commissioned: 17 Nov 1939

Paid off: 22 Jan 1942

Fate: Broken up about 1972


She was commissioned on 17 Nov 1939, as a gate vessel and auxiliary minesweeping at Halifax, and later employed at Sydney. She had served in the RN as a minesweeper during the First World War. Venosta is said to have been paid off on 22 Jan 1942, and designated C.Y. 509. Sold postwar, she was still in service under her original name in 1953, but was later known progressively as Reyneld V, Fort Prevel and Michel P. She was broken up and her register closed in 1972.


The Ship's Bell


Commanding Officers

Lt William Edward Slade Briggs, RCNR - 16 Mar 1940 - unk



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Former Crew Members

Picard, Phillippe, A/Skpr, RCNR - 07 Feb 1940