HMCS ST. BONIFACE J332

 

Algerine Class Minesweeper

 


 

HMCS St. Boniface J332

Source: Naval Museum of Manitoba

 

Battle honours and awards;  Atlantic  1944-45

 

 

Laid down: 21 May 1942

Launched: 05 Nov 1942

Commissioned: 09 Oct 1943

Paid off: 25 Sep 1946

Fate: Unknown

 

Built at Port Arthur, Ont., she was commissioned there on 10 Sep 1943, St. Boniface arrived at Halifax late in Oct 1943, and worked up at Pictou from Nov to Dec 1943. She was then assigned as Senior Officer's ship to EG W-5 of Western Escort Force until mid-Apr 1944. She then transferred to W-4, again as S.O., until early Dec 1944 when, following minor repairs at Halifax, proceed to Bermuda to work up. Upon returning to Canada, she rejoined W-4 until the group was disbanded in Jun 1945. On 18 Apr 1945, St. Boniface was in collision with SS Empire Chamois in the Halifax approaches, as the freighter's convoy, SC.173, was forming up for passage to the U.K. St. Boniface suffered extensive damage to her bows, but made Halifax under her own power and was under repair there for three months. In Aug 1945, she became a training ship at HMCS Cornwallis until Jan 1946, when she was placed in reserve at Halifax. She was finally paid off on 25 Sep 1946, and sold for mercantile use. She was last noted under Panamanian flag as Bess Barry M. in 1954.

 

The wedding ceremony of Kathleen (Kitty) Keen and Russell Daniels, Stoker 1st Class, took place on board HMCS St. Boniface while the ship was at Port Arthur, Ontario

 


 

Photos and Documents          Ship's company photos          The Ship's Bell

 


 

Commanding Officers

 

LCdr John James Hodgkinson, RCNR - 10 Sep 1943 - 12 May 1944

A/LCdr John de la Fosse Frewer, RCNVR - 13 May 1944 - 14 Apr 1945

LCdr John Manuel Watson, RCNR - 15 Apr 1945 - 25 Jun 1945

Lt Charles William King, RCNVR - 26 Jun 1945 - 19 Aug 1945

LCdr R.N. Smillie, RCNVR - 20 Aug 1945 - 29 Jan 1946

Lt Harold Richard Tilley, RCN - 21 Mar 1946 - 26 Apr 1946

Skpr/Lt Paul Perrault, RCNR - 27 Apr 1946 - 25 Sep 1946

 


 

     In memory of those who have crossed the bar    

They shall not be forgotten

 

 


 

Former Crew Members

 

 

 

Apple, Barnabas William Nixon, SLt, RCNVR - 24 Jul 1944

 

Cordes, James

 

Dickson, Robert Hamilton, Lt, RCNVR - 29 Feb 1944

 

Dougall, Allen Thomas, Lt (E), RCNVR - 24 May 1943

 

Dyson, John (Jack)

 

Harrison, John Ross, Lt, RCNVR - 05 Feb 1945

Jackson, George Alexander, Surg/Lt, RCNVR - 16 Mar 1945

 

Kirby, Charles Douglas, A/Lt, RCNVR - 27 Jul 1944

 

MacKenzie, Donald Allan, Lt, RCNVR - 02 Feb 1943 / 02 Feb 1944

 

Montgomery, Richard Alan, SLt (SB) (R), RCNVR - 03 Feb 1944

 

Moreton, Alan Winsford, Lt, RCNVR - 18 May 1944

 


 

Photos and Documents

 

LCdr John James Hodgkinson, RCNR

1st Commanding Officer, HMCS St Boniface J333

10 Sep 1943 - 12 May 1944

HMCS St Boniface J332

From the collection of William Connor

Courtesy of Jason Salter

Unknown crew on the bridge wing of HMCS St Boniface J332

From the collection of William Connor

Courtesy of Jason Salter

Unknown crew on the bridge wing of HMCS St Boniface J332

From the collection of William Connor

Courtesy of Jason Salter

 

William (Bill) Connor on HMCS St Boniface J332

From the collection of William Connor

Courtesy of Jason Salter

William Gilbert on HMCS St Boniface J332

From the collection of William Connor

Courtesy of Jason Salter

Unknown sailor on HMCS St Boniface J332

From the collection of William Connor

Courtesy of Jason Salter

Unknown sailors on HMCS St Boniface J332

From the collection of William Connor

Courtesy of Jason Salter

William (Bill) Connor (holding a stuffed toy rabbit) on HMCS St Boniface J332

From the collection of William Connor

Courtesy of Jason Salter

Unknown sailor (holding a stuffed toy rabbit) on HMCS St Boniface J332

From the collection of William Connor

Courtesy of Jason Salter

Unknown sailor (holding a stuffed toy rabbit) on HMCS St Boniface J332

From the collection of William Connor

Courtesy of Jason Salter

Unknown sailor (seen in photo above holding stuffed rabbit)

From the collection of William Connor

Courtesy of Jason Salter

Unknown sailors on the Quarterdeck of HMCS St Boniface J332

From the collection of William Connor

Courtesy of Jason Salter

Jacking around for the camera.  Unknown sailors on the Quarterdeck of HMCS St Boniface J332

From the collection of William Connor

Courtesy of Jason Salter

Unknown sailors on the Quarterdeck of HMCS St Boniface J332

From the collection of William Connor

Courtesy of Jason Salter

Unknown Petty Officer on HMCS St Boniface J332

From the collection of William Connor

Courtesy of Jason Salter

Unknown ship astern of HMCS St Boniface J332

From the collection of William Connor

Courtesy of Jason Salter

Unknown sailor on the Quarterdeck of HMCS St Boniface J332

From the collection of William Connor

Courtesy of Jason Salter

Unknown sailor sitting on the breakwater on HMCS St Boniface J332

From the collection of William Connor

Courtesy of Jason Salter

Unknown sailor by the air vents / carley float rack on HMCS St Boniface J332

From the collection of William Connor

Courtesy of Jason Salter

HMCS St. Boniface J332 transiting the locks at Sault Ste Marie

From the collection of Robert Macklem

Courtesy of Kelly Macklem

Minesweepers in formation - altering course - HMCS St. Boniface lead ship

From the collection of Robert Macklem

Courtesy of Kelly Macklem

"Blow Gentle Breeze"

White Ensign flying on HMCS St. Boniface J332

From the collection of Robert Macklem

Courtesy of Kelly Macklem

 

"Boys on the St. Boniface"

From the collection of Robert Macklem

Courtesy of Kelly Macklem

 

 

The two men in the photo with beards are (left) Al Barker and (right) Sam

 

    

Al Barker (left), and Sam (right)

 

"Dhobying on Blue Monday"

HMCS St. Boniface J332

From the collection of Robert Macklem

Courtesy of Kelly Macklem

"Gone to Bed"

Machine guns on HMCS St. Boniface J332 covered up

From the collection of Robert Macklem

Courtesy of Kelly Macklem

"the Haystack"

Storage rack for depth charges on HMCS St. Boniface J332

From the collection of Robert Macklem

Courtesy of Kelly Macklem

Two sailors standing behind the breakwater of HMCS St. Boniface J332 - unknown River class destroyer off port beam

From the collection of Robert Macklem

Courtesy of Kelly Macklem

"Hello again!"

Unknown River class destroyer off Starboard quarter of HMCS St. Boniface J332

From the collection of Robert Macklem

Courtesy of Kelly Macklem

Unknown sailors on the quarterdeck of HMCS St. Boniface J332

From the collection of Robert Macklem

Courtesy of Kelly Macklem

"In the Gates"

Convoy astern of HMCS St. Boniface J332

From the collection of Robert Macklem

Courtesy of Kelly Macklem

Looking astern on HMCS St. Boniface J332

From the collection of Robert Macklem

Courtesy of Kelly Macklem

"Results Nil"

Depth charge explodes astern of HMCS St. Boniface J332

From the collection of Robert Macklem

Courtesy of Kelly Macklem

"Our better half"

Looking after from the crows nest of HMCS St. Boniface J332

From the collection of Robert Macklem

Courtesy of Kelly Macklem

Unknown corvette, seen from HMCS St. Boniface J332, rolling heavily in the seas

From the collection of Robert Macklem

Courtesy of Kelly Macklem

"Skyward Bound"

Looking up towards the mast from the quarterdeck of HMCS St. Boniface J332

From the collection of Robert Macklem

Courtesy of Kelly Macklem

Twin machine gun mounts on HMCS St. Boniface J332

From the collection of Robert Macklem

Courtesy of Kelly Macklem

Looking up the mast on HMCS St. Boniface J332

From the collection of Robert Macklem

Courtesy of Kelly Macklem

Newspaper article on HMCS St Boniface's Basketball undefeated team

The Crow's Nest newspaper - Apr 1945

HMCS St Boniface with a damaged bow after her collision with SS Empire Chamois in the Halifax approaches - 18 Apr 1945

Splice the Mainbrace on HMCS ST BONIFACE J332

Note: possibly VE day

Don Patterson with ship's mascot WUPS

 


 

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(PJ09) Paul James on HMCS ST BONIFACE J332 just forward of the after gun mount  (PJ10) USN Blimp searching for U-boats  (PJ11) Paul James with shipmates on HMCS ST BONIFACE J332  (PJ12-PJ13) HMCS ST BONIFACE J332 iced-up all the way to New York

 

* PJ11 - Click here to view the photo with sailors numbered for identification

 

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(PJ14) HMCS ST BONIFACE J332 conducting a stern fueling at sea  (PJ15) HMCS ST BONIFACE J332 Christmas card  (PJ16) Frigate HMS GLENARM K258 approaching HMCS ST BONIFACE J332  (PJ17) HMCS GALT K163 at St. John's, NFLD  (PJ18) Unknown frigate alongside HMCS ST BONIFACE J332

 

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(PJ19-PJ23) Unknown sailor on HMCS ST BONIFACE J332

 

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(PJ24) Shipmates Pete Dalphe and Jack Dyso  (PJ25) HMCS ST BONIFACE J332 jacket patch - based on the ship's badge  (PJ26) Convoy escorts in line ahead - photo taken from HMCS ST BONIFACE J332  (PJ27) A foggy day at sea - with a ship barely visible, approaching HMCS ST BONIFACE J332  (PJ28) HMCS ST BONIFACE J332 bites into a wave in heavy seas

 

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(PJ29) Paul James and shipmates on weekend R&R  (PJ30) Stray dog that was on HMCS ST BONIFACE J332 for a while  (PJ31) Stoker Al Gardener on HMCS ST BONIFACE, Halifax, NS  (PJ32) Stoker Paul James on HMS ST BONIFACE J332, Halifax, NS  (PJ33) Stokers from HMCS ST BONIFACE J332 on the jetty with HMCS ALGONQUIN R17 in the background

 

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(PJ34-PJ37) Unknown sailors on HMCS ST BONIFACE J332

 

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(PJ38) HMCS VALLEYFIELD K329 - taken not long before she was torpedoed and sunk  (PJ39) Tribal Class destroyer HMCS IROQUOIS G89  (PJ40) Damage of HMCS ST BONIFACE J332 after her collision with the freighter SS EMPIRE CHAMOIS on 18 Apr 1945 in the Halifax approaches as the freighter was forming up for convoy SC173  (PJ41) Unknown sailor sitting on the damaged fo'c's'le of HMCS ST BONIFACE J332

 

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(PJ42-PJ43) Troopship Ile De France in convoy  (PJ44) Merchant Aircraft Carrier (MAC)  (PJ45) Anti-aircraft balloon - possibly somewhere in England

 

(PJ46) Volunteers for the Pacific Theatre before they go on leave

 

Webmaster's note: it is not known if these sailors are all from ST BONIFACE J332 or if the are from various ships

 

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PJ50

HMCS U-190 (former German U-boat U-190) arrives in Halifax

Photos taken from HMCS ST BONIFACE J332

 

From the collection of Paul James, Stoker, RCNVR

 

Courtesy of Gary James

 


 

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