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HMCS Bellechasse J170


Laid down: 16 Apr 1941

Launched: 20 Oct 1941

Commissioned: 13 Dec 1941

Paid off: 23 Oct 1945

Fate: Sold in 1946. Final disposition unknown


Named for a county in Quebec, Bellechasse was built at Vancouver and commissioned there 23 Dec 1941. She spent her entire career on the west coast, alternating between Prince Rupert Force and Esquimalt Force. Paid off on 23 Oct 1945, at Esquimalt, she was sold the following year to the Union Steamship Co., Vancouver, but her intended conversion for mercantile service was not carried out.


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


The Bellechase Incident - US Coast Guard Lightship Sailors Association


Commanding Officers

Lt Harold Heap Rankin, RCNR - 13 Dec 1941 - 02 May 1943

Lt Roland Joel Roberts, RCNR - 03 May 1943 - 16 Dec 1943

Lt Harold Heap Rankin, RCNR - 17 Dec 1943 - 05 Jan 1944

LCdr Walter Redford, RCNR - 06 Jan 1944 - 22 Mar 1945

LCdr John Scudamore Cunningham, RCNVR - 23 Mar 1945 - 17 Apr 1945

Lt John Montye MacRae, RCNVR - 18 Apr 1945 - 24 Aug 1945


     In memory of those who have crossed the bar    

They shall not be forgotten


Bohemier, Charles







Crewe, Ernest George


Davis, Gilbert


Desjardins, Romeo E.





Grimster, Ronald Fernley







Smith, Robert Louis


Stanbrook, Wilfred Thomas


Served in Bellechasse 18 May 1943 - 21 Dec 1943

Thomas, John Clement D.


Turner, Kavel Louis




Former Crew Members

Allan, "Margaret"


Bailey, Bernard


Carmichael, Herbert Angus, Slt, RCNVR - 01 Apr 1943


Crawford, George Lyndon, Lt, RCNVR - 01 Mar 1943 / 09 Apr 1944


Cruickshank, Jean


Dempster, Wilfred John, Slt, RCNVR - 02 Apr 1945


Edwards, "Annie"


Edwards, Bill


Fleetwood, Pat


Gibson, Walter James, Skpr, RCNR - Jan 1944


Hulby, "Doreen"

Johnston, Kenneth Marsden, A/Lt, RCNVR - 10 May 1944


Kelly, Hugh C., RCNVR 


Kendall, Jack


Langston, Ray


Laing, Gordon


Lefebvre, Pierre Adophe, Lt, RCNVR - 05 Jun 1944


Mackintosh, James Francis, A/Wt (E), RCN - 13 Mar 1944


Magnussen, Robert George, Lt, RCNVR - 22 Mar 1943


McMillan, "Amy"


Muir, Robert, Lt, RCNVR - 09 Apr 1944


Porter, Gordon Lewis, Lt, RCNVR - Jan 1944

Reber, Roy


Risler, Bill


Robertson, John Ralph, Lt, RCNVR - 01 Mar 1943


Scott, Geoffrey Newton Beresford, Lt, RCNVR - 01 Apr 1942


Soweby, Paul Quinton Roger, Lt, RCNVR - Jan 1945


Stanbridge, Thomas Montague, Skpr, RCNR - 20 Apr 1945


Stevens, John Clement, Slt (E), RCNVR - Jan 1945


Stevens, John Stewart, Lt, RCNVR - 06 Apr 1943


Thompson, "Audrie"


Wallace, "Margaret"


Photos and Documents


Ship's bell for HMCS Bellechasse J170

The bell is on display at NLCC Landymore/RCSCC Nelles in Brandford, ON.

Courtesy of Dale Robinson

Sailors on HMCS Bellechasse J170


Written on back of photo:


To George, From the Gang:  Margaret Wallace, Jean Cruickshank, Doreen Hulby, Amy McMillan, Margaret Allan, Annie Edwards, Bill Risler, Audrie Thompson, Pat Fleetwood, Jack Kendall, Roy Reber, Gordon Laing, Bernard Bailey, Bill Edwards, Ray Langston


From the collection of George Crewe

Courtesy of Catherine Crewe

Sailors on HMCS Bellechasse J170

George Crere, Tel, sitting on right side of table

From the collection of George Crewe

Courtesy of Catherine Crewe




HMCS Bellechasse J170

From the collection of George Huntbatch

Courtesy of Ross Huntbatch


HMCS Bellechasse Jacket Patch

From the collection of George Crewe

Courtesy of Catherine Crewe

This patch has been donated to the CFB Esquimalt Naval and Military Museum