HMCS MESSINES  /  Lightship No. 3


Battle Class Trawler



HMCS MESSINES (astern of HMCS YPRES) fitting out at Toronto, 1917

Source: The Ships of Canada's Naval Forces 1910-1981 by Ken Macpherson & John Burgess


Launched: 16 Jun 1917

Commissioned: 13 Nov 1917

Paid off: 1920

Fate: Broken up in 1962


Built by Polson Iron Works, Toronto, Ont., she was launched on 16 Jun 1917. Her specifications were: Displacement: 357 tons, Length: 130 ft, Beam: 25 ft, Draught: 13 ft, Speed: 10 kts, Armament: 1-12pdr. Along with three sisters, MESSINES began a short commission on 13 Nov 1917 and in 1920 was handed over to the Department of Marine and Fisheries to become a lightship. Eventually designated Lightship No. 3, she was scrapped in 1962.



Commanding Officers


Mate (Temp) Henry Charles Butt, RCN - 01 Feb 1919 - unk



     In memory of those who have crossed the bar    

They shall not be forgotten


Bonner, Percy George


Drafted to Messines 01 May 1918 as Art (E), RCN

Burke, Simon


Drafted to Messines 01 May 1918 as Mate, RNCVR

Butt, Henry C.

Fraser, M. Gregor


Drafted to Messines 01 May 1918 as Ch/Skpr, RCN