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. 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


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


Baxendale, Francis Wilmont


Kenneth Wilson Colbert


Robert Stuart Graves


Raymond George Richardson


Robert Keith Thompson


Harry Turner



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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