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HMCS WASAGA J162

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

 

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. 

 

Ship's company photos          Photos and Documents

 

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

A-B

Anthony, Mark John

1921-2014

Banfield, Fred

1921-1979

Served in Wasaga during D-Day

Burton, Leonard Francis

1924-2012

 

 

C-D

Cuff, H.J.

____-____

Dekuysscher, Cyril F.

____-____

Drew, Malcolm

1918-2015

 

 

E-F

Farish, David Storm

1924-2010

 

 

 

 

I-J

Janson, Frederick N.

1920-1950

 

 

 

 

K-L

Lee, John Crosby

____-2010

Lorriman, James Garfield

1914-2014

 

 

 

M-N

McCarron, Raymond Joseph

1926-2017

 

 

 

 

S-T

Tapp, James Anthony

1918-2004

Symons, William George

1922-2018

 

 

 

W-X

Wilson, John Robert

1923-1973

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

 

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 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

 

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