ROYAL CANADIAN NAVY    

 

HMCS MIMICO K485

Former HMS BULRUSH K307

Then Honduran Whale-Catcher OLYMPIC VICTOR (1950)

Then Japanese Vessel OTORI MARU No. 12 (1956)

Then Japanese Vessel KYO MARU No. 25 (1962)

HMCS Mimico K485

Source: Ministry of Defence Foxhill Collection of Ship Photographs FL 5458

 

Laid down: 22 Feb 1943

Launched: 11 Oct 1943

Transferred to RCN: Sep 1943

Commissioned: 08 Feb 1944

Paid off: 18 Jul 1945

Fate: Sold to commercial use. Her final disposition is unknown. She was last noted in Lloyd's Register in 1977-78.

 

Laid down as HMS Bulrush, she was transferred to the RCN and renamed HMCS Mimico prior to launching. She was commissioned on 08 Feb 1944 at Sunderland, U.K. On 18 Apr 1944, after working up at Stornoway, she arrived at Oban, Scotland, where she was assigned to Western Approaches Command for escort duty in connection with the invasion. She arrived off the Normandy beaches with a convoy on the day after D-Day. She remained on escort duty in the Channel, assigned briefly in Sep 1944 to Portsmouth Command and, in Oct 1944, to Nore Command, based at Sheerness. In Feb and Mar 1945, she refitted at Chatham, then returned to Sheerness and resumed her previous role until late in May 1945, when she left the U.K. for the last time. She was paid off on 18 Jul 1945, and laid up at Sorel. After the war, Mimico was sold to civilian service and became Honduran Olympic Victor in 1950, Japanese Otori Maru No. 12 in 1956, Kyo Maru No.25 from 1962-1978.

 

Commanding Officers

Lt Francis James Jones, RCNVR - 08 Feb 1944 - 02 Oct 1944

Lt G.F. Crosby, RCNVR - 03 Oct 1944 - 20 Nov 1944

Lt Francis James Jones, RCNVR - 21 Nov 1944 - 25 Jan 1945

LCdr William Roland Stacey, RCNR - 26 Jan 1945 - 01 Feb 1945

Lt Murray William Knowles, RCNVR - 02 Feb 1945 - 14 Feb 1945

A/LCdr James Boulton Elmsley, RCNVR - 15 Feb 1945 - 18 Jul 1945

  

     In memory of those who have crossed the bar    

They shall not be forgotten

Baxendale, Francis Wilmont (Mickey)

 

Colbert, Kenneth Wilson, CPO

 

Graves, Robert Stuart, Lt, RCNVR (drafted to HMCS Mimico in Jan 1944 as Lt, RCNVR)

Jones-Francis, James, CD, Commodore, RCN, Ret'd

 

Kirton ,George

 

Richardson, Raymond George, Lt, RCNR

Salmon, Thomas

 

Thompson, Robert, ASDIC Operator

 

Turner, Harry

 

Kenneth Wilson Colbert

1922-2013

Robert Stuart Graves

1916-1996

Raymond George Richardson

1921-2009

Robert Keith Thompson

1922-2010

Harry Turner

1925-2010

 

 

Former Crew Members

Angus, George Alexander, Lt, RCNVR - 08 Feb 1944

 

Bailey, Gillis

 

Belt, Richard James, A/Lt, RCNVR - 30 May 1944

Crosby, George Frederick, Lt, RCNVR - 08 Feb 1944

 

Eckney, Robert Griffiths, Slt, RCNVR - 19 Feb 1945

 

Edmonds, Charles Ewart, Lt, RCNVR - 08 Feb 1944

McDermid, Melville Earl, Slt, RCNVR - 08 Feb 1944

 

Nicol, Archibald John, A/Lt, RCNVR - 29 May 1945

 

Rodrique, Joseph Theodule Victor, Lt, RCNVR - Jan 1945

 

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