Then Merchant Vessel COWICHAN (1946)

HMCS Cowichan J146


Laid down: 24 April 1940 at North Vancouver

Launched: 8 September 1940

Commissioned: 4 July 1941

Paid off: 9 October 1945

Fate: Unknown


Commissioned at Vancouver on July 4, 1941, she sailed from Esquimalt for Halifax on August 6, arriving on September 10. After working up in Bermuda she was initially assigned to Halifax Local Defence Force, but was transferred in January, 1942, to Newfoundland Force and in September to WLEF. With WLEF's division into escort groups in June, 1943, Cowichan became a member of EG W-6. She remained with the group until February, 1944, when she was ordered to the U.K. for invasion duties. She left Halifax on February 19 with Caraquet, Malpeque and Vegreville via the Azores for Plymouth, arriving on March 13. Assigned to the 31st Minesweeping Flotilla, she was present on D-Day. Cowichan returned to Canada for refit late in February, 1945, but resumed her duties overseas in June.  Proceeding home in September, she was paid off on October 9, 1945, and placed in reserve at Shelburne. Sold in 1946 to a New York buyer and converted for mercantile purposes under Greek flag, she still existed in 1956 under her original name. (Source: The Ships of Canada's Naval Forces 1910-1981 by Ken Macpherson & John Burgess)


HMCS Cowichan J146 was built by North Vancouver Ship repairs Ltd.


Commanding Officers

Lt Ronald Jackson, RCNR - 04 Jul 41 - 01 Dec 41

Lt Richard Jackson, RCNR - 02 Dec 41 - 14 Feb 43

A/Lt John Richard Kidston, RCNVR - 15 Feb 42 - 25 Oct 42

A/LCdr Kenneth William Newman Hall, RCNR - 26 Oct 42 - 22 Apr 45

Skpr/Lt Henry William Stone, RCNR - 23 Apr 45 - 09 Oct 45


     In memory of those who have crossed the bar    

They shall not be forgotten

Dewar, Victor Mathew


Hepburn, Harold Laross

Johnston, George


McMillan, Currie


Victor Mathew Dewar


Currie McMillan






Former Crew Members:

Allen, William Graham, Slt, RCNVR - 02 May 1942

Artmont, Joseph Aloysius, Slt, RCNVR - 02 Apr 1945

Barbour, John, Wt (E), RCNR - 02 May 1945

Humphries, James Gordon, Lt, RCNVR - 19 Feb 1943 / 07 Mar 1945

Stock, Valentine Norbert, Slt, RCNVR - 24 Apr 9145

Stone, Henry William, Ch/Skpr, RCNR - 07 Feb 1942

Tarleton, Grafton Weedon, Lt, RCNVR  12 Feb 1944

Thomas, Gordon James, Slt, RCNVR


HMCS Cowichan -

HMCS Cowichan - the

Currie McMillan - A witness to history marks solemn day

The Memory Project - Harold John Hague