For Posterity's Sake
A Royal Canadian Navy Historical Project
HMCS WASAGA J162
he first of the RCN Bangors, Wasaga was commissioned at Vancouver on 30 Jun 1941. She left Esquimalt on 06 Aug 1941 for Halifax, arriving on 10 Sep 1941. Sent to Bermuda for working-up, she was assigned to Halifax Force on her return. In Mar 1942, she was transferred to Newfoundland Force and, in Jan 1944, to Sydney Force. Ordered to the U.K. for invasion duties, she sailed from Halifax on 21 Feb 1944, for Plymouth via the Azores, in company with Canso, Guysborough and Kenora. Arriving at Plymouth early in Mar 1944, she was assigned at first to the 32nd and then to the 31st Minesweeping Flotilla, and was on hand on D-Day. She sailed for Canada on 30 Sep 1944, to refit at Charlottetown, returning to Plymouth on 04 Feb 1945. On 11 Apr 1945 HMCS Wasaga was hit by HMS Sursay. The Sursay struck Wasaga in the seaman's mess. The crew managed to shore up the ship and she made it to port for repairs. In Sep 1945 she returned to Canada and was paid off at Halifax on 06 Oct 1945, to be laid up at Shelburne until sold for scrap in 1947.
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