Bay Class Minesweeper



HMCS Chignecto 156


Laid down: 04 Jun 1951

Launched: 13 Jun 1952

Commissioned: 01 Dec 1953

Paid off: 31 Mar 1954

Transferred to French Navy: 31 Mar 1954

Re-commissioned: 31 Mar 1954

Re-classed: 01 Jun 1973

Paid off: 1975

Fate: sunk as a target ship in 1977


Built by Marine Industries Ltd., Sorel, she was commissioned on 01 Dec 1953, and paid off on 31 Mar 1954, the day of her transfer to the French Navy. She was re-commissioned as the "dragueur" La Bayonnaise M728. On 01 Jun 1973 she was re-classed as a "patrouilleur" with pendant number P654. On 13 June 1975, La Bayonnaise P654 ran aground on a shoal off Lifou near New Caladonia. She was deemed not repairable and was sunk in 1977 as a target ship.



Photos and Documents          La Bayonnaise - Perso Numericable website



Commanding Officers


LCdr C.J. Benoit, DSC, RCN - 01 Dec 1953 - 02 Feb 1954


LCdr Edmund James Semmens, RCN - 03 Feb 1954 - 31 Mar 1954



     In memory of those who have crossed the bar    

They shall not be forgotten


Hurl, David William







Photos and Documents


Dragueur La Bayonnaise in 1954

Source: Perso Numericable website

La Bayonnaise was sunk in 1977 by 38mm gunfire from MM38 from the French Naval vessels EV Henry, Balny and Amiral Charner

Source: Perso Numericable website