Algerine Class Minesweeper




Post wartime badge



Battle honours and awards:  Atlantic  1944-45



Laid down: 06 Jul 1942

Launched: 17 Dec 1942

Commissioned: 18 Nov 1943

Paid off: 07 Oct 1946

Re-commissioned: 01 Nov 1950

Paid off: 24 Sep 1957

Transferred to the Belgium Navy: 31 Jul 1959

Paid off: 1969


Built by Port Arthur Shipbuilding Co. Ltd., Port Arthur, she was commissioned at there on 18 Nov 1943. She arrived at Halifax on 13 Dec 1943, and after working up was assigned to EG W-8, Western Escort Force, in Feb 1944. In Apr 1944, WALLACEBURG was transferred to EG W-6 as Senior Officer's ship but returned in December to W-8. During Jul and Aug 1945, she was attached to HMCS CORNWALLIS for training, then placed in reserve, first at Sydney and then at Halifax. She was paid off on 07 Oct 1946, but re-commissioned on 01 Nov 1950 for cadet training. WALLACEBURG spent the summers of 1956 and 1957 on the Great Lakes and was paid off on 24 Sep 1957. On 31 July 1959, she was transferred to the Belgian Navy, to serve as Georges Lecointe until she was discarded in 1969.



RCN Memories:     Last North Atlantic Convoy     Steering a Zig Zag Course


Photos and Documents          Ship's company photos          The Ship's Bell



Commanding Officers


A/LCdr F.R.K. Naftel, RCNVR - 18 Nov 1943 - 02 May 1944

LCdr Robert Auburn S. MacNeil, RCNR - 03 May 1944 - 09 Jan 1945

A/LCdr Freeman Elkins Burrows, RCNVR - 10 Jan 1945 - 21 May 1945

LCdr John Henry Gordon Bovey, RCNVR - 22 May 1945 - 16 Jul 1945

Lt Raymond Nelson Smillie, RCNVR - 17 Jul 1945 - 19 Aug 1945

Lt A.D. Ritchie, RCNVR - 20 Aug 1945 - 07 Sep 1945

Lt G. Kelly, RCNVR - 23 Oct 1945 - 01 Feb 1946

LCdr Richard Miles Steele, RCN(R) - 03 Jun 1946 - 07 Oct 1946

LCdr J.C. Marston, RCNR - 01 Nov 1950 - 20 Dec 1950

Cdr R.A. Webber, RCN - 21 Dec 1950 - 03 Apr 1951

LCdr John Herbert Maxner, RCN - 04 Apr 1951 - 27 Sep 1951

LCdr I.A. McPhee, RCN - 28 Sep 1951 - 21 Feb 1954

LCdr William Alexander Manfield, RCN - 22 Feb 1954 - 25 Nov 1954

Cdr Francis James Jones, RCN - 14 Apr 1955 - 16 Oct 1955

LCdr D.S. Bethune, RCN - 17 Oct 1955 - 24 Sep 1957



     In memory of those who have crossed the bar    

They shall not be forgotten


Amy, M. Keith J.

Bate, Charles D.S.

Beanlands, Gordon A.

Boughton, Benjamin

Boicey, Orville

Book, Kenneth E.

Bovey, John H.G.

Bowditch, William W.

Brown, Raymond B.

Bush, Charles L.

Coady, Francis E.M.

Cook, D. Glenn

Corner, Richard W.

Crowley, Michael J.P.

Dewey, Stanley C.

Erlendson, John H.

Exley, Earl W.

Forbes, George S.

Guy, Allan R.

Hoffman, Herman E.

Jenkins, Donald

Jones, George T.

Kemp, Samuel G.

Kilbride, Gerald

Leeming, John McW.

Leslie, Gerald G.

Love, Alan T.

Mainguy, Daniel N.

Manfield, William A.

McKnight, Shepherd

Mitchell, John E.

Norberg, James W.

Parsons, Wallace W.

Pelletier, Léo O.

Phillips, Edward C.

Reid, John M.

Rhymes, Reginald H.

Roscoe, Joseph F.

Rostek, Arthur

Simpson, Douglas C.

Smith, Arthur H.C.

Steele, Richard M.

Stitt, Don M.

Tizard, John

Turnbull, David T.

Upton, Harold

Wallace, Sidney R.

Webber, Reginald A.

Weightman, Richard E.

Wood, James C.



Former Crew Members


Blodgett, Albert Lorne Nelson, Lt (S), RCN(R) - 05 Jun 1946


Bosworth, William John, SLt, RCNVR - 12 Feb 1945


Bulmer, OSTR - 1951-1952


Carter, Lionel James 


Craft, ABRP - 1951-1952


Guite, Jean Paul, Lt, RCNVR - 12 Feb 1944


Hlasny, Stephen, OSTR - 1951-1952


Irvine, Daniel John Sylvester, Lt (E), RCNVR - 30 Jun 1944


Jensey, W. OSTR - 1951-1952

Kelly, Edmund Barrie, Lt (E), RCNR - 07 Jun 1943


Kraft, Darryl, ABRP - 1951


Later, ABRP - 1951-1952


MacInnis, Donald Ross, Wt (E), RCN - 14 Jun 1946


McDougall, Graham Robertson, SLt (El) (R), RCNVR - 10 Feb 1944


McIsaas D., OSTR - 1951-1952


McKee, Fraser Murray, SLt, RCNVR - 18 May 1945


McMillan, Norman McLeod, Lt, RCNVR - 26 Jul 1944

Mitchell, Frank Grenfell, Lt, RCNVR - Jan 1944


Okros, Richard Dennis, SLt, RCN - 1951-1952


Preston, ABRP - 1951


Rogers, John (Jack) Wells, Surg/Lt, RCNVR - Jan 1944


Squires, William Robert, Lt, RCNVR - 23 Mar 1944


Sym, Colin, SLt, RCNVR - 21 May 1945


Tofflemire, Bob, RP


Tyrer, John Campbell, Lt, RCNVR - 27 Jun 1944



Photos and Documents



From the collection of Nicholas Vukson

Courtesy of John Vukson


From the collection of Ivan Chamberlain

Courtesy of Dave Chamberlain


From the collection of John C. Orr

Courtesy of John P. Orr

Lt Douglas C. Simpson on HMCS WALLACEBURG J336 - 1944

From the collection of Douglas Simpson

Courtesy of Janet Simpson







(JM01) Portrait of Surg-Lt John E. Mitchell  (JM02-JM04) The launching of HMCS WALLACEBURG J336  (JM05) HMCS WALLACEBURG J336 - 1945







(JM06-JM07) The bridge of HMCS WALLACEBURG J336  (JM08-JM09) HMCS BROCKVILLE J270 Approaches HMCS WALLACEBURG J336 and positions herself for what appears to be a towing exercise.  Note the hawser placed on WALLACE BURG'S foc's'le







(JM11) HMCS PRESCOTT K161 photographed from HMCS WALLACEBURG J336  (JM12-JM13) Jim McAlister signalling USN Blimp  (JM14-JM15) Depth charges exploding astern of HMCS WALLACEBURG J336




(JM16) Gunnery training on HMCS WALLACEBURG J336  (JM17) Oerlikon crew on HMCS WALLACEBURG J336


From the collection of John E. (Jack) Mitchell, Surg-Lt, RCNVR


Courtesy of John Mitchell


(L-R) Unknown, Daryl Kraft and Steve Hlasny on HMCS WALLACEBURG circa 1951

Courtesy of Steve Hlasny

ABRP Daryl Kraft on HMCS WALLACEBURG circa 1951

Courtesy of Steve Hlasny

HMCS WALLACEBURG 172, Halifax, 1951

Courtesy of Steve Hlasny

ABRP Preston on HMCS WALLACEBURG circa 1951

Courtesy of Steve Hlasny

Station card for Steven Hlasny

Courtesy of Steve Hlasny

OSTR Steve Hlasny on HMCS WALLACEBURG, circa 1951

Courtesy of Steve Hlasny

OSTR Steve Hlasny on HMCS WALLACEBURG, circa 1951

Courtesy of Steve Hlasny


Courtesy of Steve Hlasny


Courtesy of Steve Hlasny

Belgium Naval Ship Georges Lecointe F901 former HMCS WALLACEBURG 172


HMCS LABRADOR and HMCS WALLACEBURG in an ice field - date and location unknown

Courtesy of the CFB Esquimalt Naval and Military Museum, photo number 2004.471.102