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HMCS Wasaga J162


Laid down: 03 Sep 1940

Launched: 23 Jan 1941

Commissioned: 30 Jun 1941

Paid off: 06 Oct 1945

Fate: Sold for scrap in 1947


The 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. 


Photos and Documents          Ship's company photos


Commanding Officers

LCdr Walter Redford, RCNR - 30 Jun 1941 - 09 Mar 1942

Lt John Buxton Raine, RCNR - 10 Mar 1942 - 13 May 1943

Lt James Alexander Dunn, RCNVR - 14 May 1943 - 17 Jun 1943

Lt John Buxton Raine, RCNR - 18 Jun 1943 - 22 Dec 1943

Lt James Henry Green, RCNR - 23 Dec 1943 - 06 Oct 1945


     In memory of those who have crossed the bar    

They shall not be forgotten


Anthony, Mark John


Banfield, Fred


Served in Wasaga during D-Day

Burton, Leonard F.




Cuff, H.J.


Dekuysscher, Cyril F.


Drew, Malcolm





Farish, David Storm







Hamilton, Hugh Parker







Janson, Frederick N.







Lee, John Crosby


Lorriman, James Garfield






McCarron, Raymond Joseph


Mulock, Arthur F.





Tapp, James Anthony


Symons, William George






Wilson, John Robert


Served in Wasaga 25 Aug 1943 - 06 Sep 1943






Former Crew Members

Boisclair, Joseph Marc Andre, Slt, RCNVR - Jan 1945


Boulianne, Joseph Ulrie Raoul, A/Wt (E), RCNR - 20 Apr 1942


Bross, Stewart Richard, Lt, RCNVR - 17 Feb 1944


Buerk, Robert Carter, Slt, RCNVR - 23 Mar 1942


Daly, William Patrick, Lt (E), RCNVR - Jan 1945


Deakin, Frank, Slt (E), RCNVR - 08 Jul 1943


Foster, Robert James, Ch/Skpr, RCNR - 04 Jul 1942

Hamelin, Joseph Henry Michael, Lt (E), RCNR - 03 Feb 1944


Hodge, John Lawrence, Slt, RCNVR


Langham, H., AB, (of Vancouver) - 1945


Lyttle, Howard Ernest


MacDonald, Ian Huntley, Slt, RCNVR - 29 Jun 1941 (Stand by) / 30 Jun 1941


Naftel, Frederick Robb Knyvet, Lt, RCNR - 30 Jun 1941


Orriman, James Garfield, Lt, RCNVR - 19 Feb 1944


Redford, Walter, Lt, RCNR - 09 Jun 1941 (Stand by) CO / 30 Jun 1941

Scoates, Francis Samuel Eric, Mate, RCNR - 29 Jun 1941 (stand by) / 30 Jun 1941


Smith, Russell Kenneth, Lt, RCNVR - Jan 1942


Timmons, Herman Patrick, Lt, RCNVR - 07 Feb 1944


Travis, R.E., Sto PO (of Victoria) - 1945


Trimble, A.W., AB (of Vancouver) - 1945


Walker, James Cowan, Slt, RCNVR - Jan 1942


Weldon, Richard Dale, Slt, RCNVR - 24 Jul 1942


Photos and Documents


HMCS Wasaga J162 jacket patch

From the collection of AB.LTO Len Burton

Courtesy of David Burton

HMCS Wasaga J162 as seen from HMCS Quesnel K133

From the collection of Jim Silvester

Courtesy of Jim Silvester

HMCS Wasaga's mascot, enjoys his portion of the daily rum tot, licking the decanters clean.

Roger Litwiller Collection, courtesy Ross Milligan, RCNVR

Article about the food on HMCS Wasaga

Crow's Nest newspaper - Apr 1944

HMCS Wasaga's mascot enjoys a Christmas dinner- 25 Dec 1942

Roger Litwiller Collection, courtesy Ross Milligan, RCNR. (RTL-REM083)


Damage to HMCS Wasaga's port side after she was hit by the danlayer HMS SURSAY on 11 Apr 1945. The Sursay hit Wasage in the seaman's mess. The crew shored up the damage with heavy timbers and used tables to help increase her freeboard.

From the collection of William Symons

Courtesy of George Symons


Click here to view a photo of HMS Sursay

HMCS Wasaga J162

DND / RCN photo Negative # E671


Sailors on HMCS Wasaga J162 circa Sep-Oct 1945


Front Row (L-R): AB William Symons, New Westminster; AB H. Langham, Vancouver; AB C.F. Dekuysscher, Rossland


Back Row (L-R): AB A.W. Trimble, Vancouver; Stoker PO R.E. Travis, Victoria


News Release / DND / RCN Photo

Photographer CPO R. Keegan


From the collection of William Symons

Courtesy of George Symons

Sailors clear HMCS Wasaga’s ice covered fo'c's'le in January 1943

Listed on back of photo: S Morris, J McEntie, Platt, Wm. Weaver, Jack Glass and Paskavik.

Roger Litwiller Collection, courtesy Ross Milligan, RCNR. (RTL-REM081)

Three Petty Officer’s from HMCS Wasaga - Wormworth, Rivard and Nythe with their ship in Pictou, NS.

Roger Litwiller Collection, courtesy Ross Milligan, RCNR. (RTL-REM156)