Bangor Class Minesweeper




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Laid down: 04 Jul 1940

Launched: 23 Nov 1940

Commissioned: 06 Sep 1941

Paid off: 30 Oct 1945

Fate: Sold in 1946 to be broken up.


Built by Dufferin Shipbuilding Co., Toronto, Ont, she was commissioned at Toronto on 06 Sep 1941, and arrived at Halifax on 30 Sep 1941. After working up, she made Halifax her base, and in Mar 1942, was assigned to WLEF, transferring in May to Gulf Escort Force. Late in Dec 1942 she commenced refitting progressively at Halifax, Lunenburg and Dartmouth. Following completion of the work in May 1943, she worked up at Pictou and was assigned in June to EG W-9 of WLEF. In Feb 1944, she was transferred to Halifax Local Defence Force ,and in Sep 1944 sent to Bermuda for a month's workup. On her return she joined Newfoundland Force, based at St. John's and served there until the Command was disbanded. On 04 Jan 1945, U-1232, commanded by Kapt. Kurt Dobratz, attacked convoy SH-194 off (what is today) Egg Island bell buoy. After torpedoing several ships, the convoy's escort, aided by ships from Halifax, including HMCS Burlington, searched for the U-boat. During the search, HMCS Burlington and ML Q116 collided - holing the Burlington's hull and severely damaging Q116s bow. Following repairs in Halifax Burlington continued to be employed on convoy escort duties. She was only to hunt for one more submarine in early March. On 22 Apr 1945 she once again went for a short refit. By the time it was finished the war with Germany had ended. She then engaged in miscellaneous duties until paid off on 30 Oct 1945, and was sold in 1946 to T. Harris of New Jersey buyer in 1946 and later broken up.



Photos and Documents          The Ship's Bell


The Story of HMCS Burlington by Joseph P. Kearney



Commanding Officers


LCdr William John Fricker, RCN - 06 Sep 1941 - 01 May 1942

Lt Matthew Russell, RCNR - 02 May 1942 - 31 Dec 1943

Skpr/Lt Joseph Bernard Cooper, RCNR - 01 Jan 1944 - 22 Jan 1944

Lt J.W. Golby, RCNVR - 23 Jan 1944 - 06 Feb 1944

Lt J.M. Richardson, RCNVR - 07 Feb 1944 - 03 Jan 1945

Lt Kenneth Guy Clark, RCNVR - 03 Jan 1945 - 06 May 1945

Lt Peter Parnell Jefferies, RCNVR - 07 May 1945 - 12 Aug 1945

Lt S.W. McEvenue, RCNVR - 13 Aug 1945 - 04 Sep 1945

Skpr/Lt J.E. Vezina, RCNR - Dates unk



     In memory of those who have crossed the bar    

They shall not be forgotten




Former Crew Members


Auld, Elmer, SD, RCNVR 


Baker, Perren Laurence, SLt, RCNVR - 21 Feb 1944


Bayne, Gordon Folkins, Lt, RCNVR - 17 May 1944


Bradley, Douglas Stewart, SLt, RCNVR - Jan 1945


Burgess, Basil Arthur, Lt (E), RCNVR - Jan 1945


Burke, Alexander James, Ch/Skpr, RCNVR - 17 May 1941


Eastman, Robert John, SLt, RCNVR - 29 Jan 1945


Fairbanks, James Oxley, Lt, RCNVR - 04 Mar 1944


Fricker, William John, LCdr, RCN - 22 Mar 1941


Gravel, Raineau, Lt, RCNVR - 26 Apr 1943


Handfield, Louis Philippe, Lt (E), RCNVR - 23 Jul 1943


Huffman, Claude Joseph, Skpr, RCNR - 31 Jan 1945


Jeffries, Peter Parnell, Lt, RCNVR - 05 Feb 1945

Martin, Bill, Stoker 


McPhedran, Alexander, Lt, RCNVR - 21 Jun 1943


Moss, David Watson, Lt, RCNVR - 30 Apr 1942


Murphy, Joseph Michael, Cd (E), RCNR - 04 Feb 1941


Parks, Thomas, SLt, RCNVR - 29 Jan 1944


Plaxton, John Alfred, Lt (E), RCNVR - 08 Apr 1944


Richardson, John Mackenzie, Lt, RCNR - 07 Feb 1944


Scheetz, William Charles, War (E), RCNR - 09 Feb 1944


Smith, Laurence William, A/Wt (E), RCNVR - 29 Mar 1943


Thompson, Charles Hector, Lt, RCNVR - 17 Jun 1942


Urquart, Ronald Simpson, SLt, RCNVR - 17 Jul 1944


Walker, William Frederick, Lt (E), RCNVR


Whiteford, William Stuart, SLt, RCNVR - 26 Jul 1943



Photos and Documents


HMCS Burlington J250 - 10 Sep 1941


Source: Vital Historical Society

Louis Alfred Middleton on HMCS Burlington J250

From the collection of Lou Middleton

Courtesy of Jay Middleton

Photo of the hole in the Starboard side of HMCS Burlington J250 after her collision with ML Q116 on 04 Jan 1945


Lou Middleton and a few shipmates are posing in the hole in her side


From the collection of Lou Middleton

Courtesy of Jay Middleton

HMCS Burlington ship's company Wind-up and Victory Party, St. John's, NFLD, May 1945

From the collection of Lou Middleton

Courtesy of Jay Middleton

A few of HMCS Burlington's crew - Wind-up and Victory Party, St. John's, NFLD, May 1945

From the collection of Lou Middleton

Courtesy of Jay Middleton

HMCS Burlington J250


From the collection of Patrick Madden, A/L/Sto, RCNVR


Courtesy of Eileen Madden