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HMCS BRAS D'OR J06

Former LIGHTSHIP No. 25

HMCS Bras d'Or

 

Launched: 1919

Acquired by RCN: 15 Sep 1939

Commissioned: 15 Sep 1939

Lost: 18-19 Oct 1940

 

The New York ship owner for whom this trawler was ordered at Sorel went bankrupt soon after her launching in 1919, and she and five sisters were sold incomplete.  She was completed in 1926 for service with the Department of Marine and Fisheries as Lightship No. 25.  Requisitioned on 15 Sep 1939 as an auxiliary minesweeper and renamed Bras d'Or, she patrolled the Halifax approaches from 1939 to 1940.  She joined the St. Lawrence patrol in Jun 1940, based at Rimouski, and on Jun 10 intercepted and seized the Italian freighter Cap Noli.  On the night of 18-19 Oct 1940, while following a Roumanian freighter Ingerner N. Vlassopol in the Gulf of St. Lawrence, Bras d'Or disappeared. No trace of her or her crew was found.

 

Commanding Officers

Lt A.K. Young, RCNR - 09 Oct 39 - 25 Apr 40

Lt Cedric Albert Hornsby, RCNR - 26 Apr 40 - 19 Oct 40

  

     In memory of those who made the ultimate sacrifice    

     Lest We Forget     

ARMES, Walter Garnett

OS, V8307, RCNVR

MPK - 19 Oct 1940

BRENTON, George Winsor

Tel, V25013, RCNVR

MPK - 19 Oct 1940

BROWN, Walter James

AB, 3211, RCN

MPK - 19 Oct 1940

BURTON, Joseph Philippe L.

Skipper, O10864, RCNR

MPK - 19 Oct 1940

Drafted to Bras D'Or on 12 Jul 1940

CHADDOCK, Harold Gilbert

Sto 2C, V25186, RCNVR

MPK - 19 Oct 1940

CLANCY, Harold Garfield

AB, A1137, RCNR

MPK - 19 Oct 1940

CONRAD, Elward Rupert

Mate, O15224, RCNR

MPK - 19 Oct 1940

CUMMING, Malcolm

Lt (E), RCNR

MPK - 19 Oct 1940

D'ENTREMONT, Joseph Fulgence

LS, A1088, RCNR

MPK - 19 Oct 1940

DOHERTY, William James

AB, V7365, RCNVR

MPK - 19 Oct 1940

ELLIS, Gerald Kenneth

Ck(S), V25057, RCNVR

MPK - 19 Oct 1940

GORDON, Gilbert Bernard

Stwd, V25119, RCNVR

MPK - 19 Oct 1940

HACKER, John Winston

Sto PO, 21339, RCN

MPK - 19 Oct 1940

HILL, Leonard

Engineman, V7814, RCNVR

MPK - 19 Oct 1940

HILLIER, Walter William

AB, A982, RCNR

MPK - 19 Oct 1940

HORNSBY, Charles Avery

Lt, RCNR

MPK - 19 Oct 1940

JONES, Hugh John Frederick

PO, 2568, RCN

MPK - 19 Oct 1940

KEATING, William Dougald

AB, A1041, RCNR

MPK - 19 Oct 1940

KORNING, Ib

Tel, V5582, RCNVR

MPK - 19 Oct 1940

MAY, Clarence Lemuel

AB, A1390, RCNR

MPK - 19 Oct 1940

MURPHY, Harry

Engineman, A1474, RCNR

MPK - 19 Oct 1940

PELLETIER, Joseph Emile R.

AB, A158, RCNR

MPK - 19 Oct 1940

PETTIPAS, Guy Dennis

Sto, A631, RCNR

MPK - 19 Oct 1940

RUEL, Herman Joseph

Skipper, RCNR

MPK - 19 Oct 1940

Drafted to Bras d'Or on 28 Apr 1940 as A/Skpr, RCNR

STASIN, John Joseph

OSig., V5604, RCNVR

MPK - 19 Oct 1940

STEWART, Joseph Edward

Sto 1c, A919, RCNR

MPK - 19 Oct 1940

WALTERS, Gordon William

AB, A1155, RCNR

MPK - 19 Oct 1940

WATSON, Matthew

ERA 4c, A1258, RCNR

MPK - 19 Oct 1940

WEBB, Miles Lytell

Sig, V7572, RCNVR

MPK - 19 Oct 1940

YOUNG, James Lawrence

Sto 1c, A873, RCNR

MPK - 19 Oct 1940

  

     In memory of those who have crossed the bar    

They shall not be forgotten

 

 Former Crew Members

Gage, William Murray, Lt, RCNVR - 22 Apr 1940

 

 

 

Links

Remembering the Bra d'Or

Ship's company photos for HMCS Bras d'Or

The Life, Fate and Legacy of HMCS Bras d'Or

 

Photos and Documents (below)

 

HMCS Bras d'Or

Source: The Crowsnest Magazine June 1962

Newspaper article on the loss of HMCS Bras d'Or

From a Montreal newspaper

Source: Canadian Virtual War Memorial

Newspaper article on the death of Lt Malcolm Cumming

From a Westbrook Maine newspaper

Source: Canadian Virtual War Memorial

HMCS Bras D'Or

 

 

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