Bangor Class Minesweeper




RCN Photo

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Laid down: 30 Dec 1940

Launched: 09 Jun 1941

Transferred to RCN:

Commissioned: 06 Mar 1942

Paid off: 24 Sep 1945

Fate: Broken up in 1948


Built for the RN at North Vancouver, she was laid down and launched as HMS CANSO. Transferred to the RCN on completion, she was commissioned at Vancouver on 06 Mar 1942 as HMCS CANSO. After working up, she was assigned to Esquimalt Force from May 1942 to Jul 1943, when nominated for service in the Atlantic. She left Esquimalt on 08 Jul 1943, arriving at Halifax on 19 Aug 1943, and was allocated to Halifax Force. On 21 Feb 1944, with GUYSBOROUGH, KENORA, and WASAGA, she sailed from Halifax via the Azores for Plymouth, arriving on 08 Mar 1944. She was allocated in turn to the 32nd, 16th and 31st Minesweeping Flotillas, and was on hand on D-Day as part of the 16th. In Aug 1944 she returned briefly to Canada for a refit at Saint John, N.B., and in November resumed her task of clearing German Minefields. She was paid off on 24 Sep 1945, and returned to the RN at Sheerness, to be broken up at Sunderland in 1948.



Photos and Documents          Ship's Company Photos



Commanding Officers


Lt Hugh Sinclair MacFarlane, RCNR - 06 Mar 1942 - 03 Feb 1943

Lt John Kincaid, RCNR - 04 Feb 1943 - 23 May 1943

Lt Harold Heap Rankin, RCNR - 24 May 1943 - 05 Jun 1943

Lt John Kincaid, RCNR - 06 Jun 1943 - 04 Oct 1944

A/LCdr J.M. Gracey, RCNVR - 05 Oct 1944 - 24 Sep 1945



     In memory of those who made the ultimate sacrifice    

     Lest We Forget     


KELSEY, Lorne S.


died - 14 Oct 1943

JUSTICE, Robert M.

Sto 2c, RCNVR

died - 19 Apr 1944



     In memory of those who have crossed the bar    

They shall not be forgotten




Former Crew Members


Alexander, Robert Broderick, Lt, RCNVR - 15 Apr 1943


Banwell, Frank David, Lt, RCNVR - 06 Apr 1943


Burns, Donald Gardiner, Lt, RCNVR - 27 Jan 1944


Draney, Charles Fraser, SLt, RCNVR - 06 Mar 1942


Finlayson, Donald Grant Lt (E), RCNVR - Jan 1944


Hatch, Carr, Lt, RCNVR - 26 Feb 1942 - Commissioning crew

Johnson, Albert Charles Arthur, Cd (E), RN - 05 Mar 1942 - Commissioning crew


Lang, Hector Craig, Lt, RCNVR - 23 May 1943


Lloyd, Douglas, Ch/Skpr, RCNR - 13 May 1943


Ness, George Cairns, Wt (E), RCNR - 04 May 1943


Osmond, Frederick C., Stoker - crew on D-Day


Ridley, Frederick Neville, Lt, RCNVR - Jan 1943



Photos and Documents


HMS CANSO builder's plaque. Originally laid down for the Royal Navy, she was transferred to the RCN prior to completion and commissioned as HMCS CANSO.


From the collection of Gordon Dean, Stoker, RCNVR


Courtesy of John Davidson



"McGregor" is written on the back of the photo


Photographer: CERA Albert Sayer, RCNVR, on HMCS GUYSBOROUGH J52


From the collection of CERA Albert Sayer, RCNVR


Courtesy of Karen Pelton



"Olchowesky" is written on the back of the photo


Photographer: CERA Albert Sayer, RCNVR, on HMCS GUYSBOROUGH J52


From the collection of CERA Albert Sayer, RCNVR


Courtesy of Karen Pelton

Frank Gilraine by the gun turret on HMCS CANSO - 1941


Courtesy of George Gilraine







(VT02) HMCS CANSO sailors from Toronto area - L-R:  Coder Wiliam Loughheed;  LS G.E. Elliott;  Stoker Fred Osmond;  AB William Lockett;  AB Charles R. Johnston;  Stoker Thomas Hawkes;  AB W.W. Rowe;  Cook Vincent J. Thompson;  and ERA John A. Murchinson

(VT03) Shipmates at Trafalgar Square, London, England, 07 Aug 1945 - L-R: Fred C. Osmond, Stoker, Toronto, Ontario;  Vincent J. Thompson,Cook, 600 Ontario St., Toronto, Ontario;  and Causy Causgrove, Portland Oregon

(VT04) Canadian Minesweepers Cleared Invasion Path - Led Everything Else - Transcription of article from the Toronto Evening Telegram 14 Aug 1944

(VT05) Ship's company photo - HMCS CANSO J21 dated 1943 - this photo is also posted on the crew photo page for HMCS CANSO











(LC05-LC09) Lucien Carrier on HMCS CANSO J21

From the collection of Lucien Carrier, Stoker PO, RCNVR

Courtesy of Ronald Carrier