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 February 1943 at Toronto, Ont.

Launched: 11 October 1943

Transferred to RCN: 1943

Re-named: September 1943 - HMCS Mimico K485

Commissioned: 8 February 1944

Paid off: 18 July 1945

Fate: Unknown


Named after a town now part of Toronto, Mimico was laid down as HMS Bulrush but was transferred to the RCN and commissioned on February 8, 1944 at Sunderland, U.K. On April 18, 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 September to Portsmouth Command and, in October, to Nore Command, based at Sheerness. In February and March, 1945, she refitted at Chatham, then returned to Sheerness and resumed her previous role until late in May, when she left the U.K. for the last time. She was paid off on July 18, 1945, and laid up at Sorel. Sold for use as a whale-killer, she entered service in 1950 as Olympic Victor but passed into Japanese hands in 1956 and was renamed Otori Maru No. 12. She was last noted in Lloyd's Register for 1962-63. (Source: The Ships of Canada's Naval Forces 1910-1981 by Ken Macpherson & John Burgess)

Originally launched as HMS Bulrush, she was transferred to the RCN before completion.  After the war, Mimico was sold to civilian service and became Honduran Olympic Victor 1950, Japanese Otori Maru No. 12 1956, Kyo Maru No.25 1962-1978.

Last noted on Lloyd's Register 1977-78 (Source: RCN News Magazaine)


Commanding Officers

Lt Francis James Jones, RCNVR - 08 Feb 44 - 02 Oct 44

Lt G.F. Crosby, RCNVR - 03 Oct 44 - 20 Nov 44

Lt Francis James Jones, RCNVR - 21 Nov 44 - 25 Jan 45

LCdr William Roland Stacey, RCNR - 26 Jan 45 - 01 Feb 45

Lt Murray William Knowles, RCNVR - 02 Feb 45 - 14 Feb 45

A/LCdr James Boulton Elmsley, RCNVR - 15 Feb 45 - 18 Jul 45


     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


Robert Stuart Graves


Raymond George Richardson


Robert Keith Thompson


Harry Turner




(Photos and Documents)

Gallery # 1

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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