Then Merchant Vessel COWICHAN (1946)

HMCS Cowichan J146



Laid down: 24 April 1940

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)


Commanding Officers

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

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

A/Lt J.R, Kidston, RCNVR  -  15 Feb 42 - 25 Oct 42

A/LCdr K.W.N. Hall, RCNR  -  26 Oct 42 - 22 Apr 45

Skpr/Lt H.W. 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








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