HMCS WALLACEBURG J336 / 172

 

Algerine Class Minesweeper

 


 

 

Post wartime badge

HMCS WALLACEBURG J336

 

Battle honours and awards:  Atlantic  1944-45

 

 

Laid down: 06 Jul 1942

Launched: 17 Dec 1942

Commissioned: 18 Nov 1943

Paid off: 07 Oct 1946

Re-commissioned: 01 Nov 1950

Paid off: 24 Sep 1957

Transferred to the Belgium Navy: 31 Jul 1959

Paid off: 1969

 

Built by Port Arthur Shipbuilding Co. Ltd., Port Arthur, she was commissioned at there on 18 Nov 1943. She arrived at Halifax on 13 Dec 1943, and after working up was assigned to EG W-8, Western Escort Force, in Feb 1944. In Apr 1944, WALLACEBURG was transferred to EG W-6 as Senior Officer's ship but returned in December to W-8. During Jul and Aug 1945, she was attached to HMCS CORNWALLIS for training, then placed in reserve, first at Sydney and then at Halifax. She was paid off on 07 Oct 1946, but re-commissioned on 01 Nov 1950 for cadet training. WALLACEBURG spent the summers of 1956 and 1957 on the Great Lakes and was paid off on 24 Sep 1957. On 31 July 1959, she was transferred to the Belgian Navy, to serve as Georges Lecointe until she was discarded in 1969.

 


 

RCN Memories:     Last North Atlantic Convoy     Steering a Zig Zag Course

 

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

 


 

Commanding Officers

 

A/LCdr F.R.K. Naftel, RCNVR - 18 Nov 1943 - 02 May 1944

LCdr Robert Auburn S. MacNeil, RCNR - 03 May 1944 - 09 Jan 1945

A/LCdr Freeman Elkins Burrows, RCNVR - 10 Jan 1945 - 21 May 1945

LCdr John Henry Gordon Bovey, RCNVR - 22 May 1945 - 16 Jul 1945

Lt Raymond Nelson Smillie, RCNVR - 17 Jul 1945 - 19 Aug 1945

Lt A.D. Ritchie, RCNVR - 20 Aug 1945 - 07 Sep 1945

Lt G. Kelly, RCNVR - 23 Oct 1945 - 01 Feb 1946

LCdr Richard Miles Steele, RCN(R) - 03 Jun 1946 - 07 Oct 1946

LCdr J.C. Marston, RCNR - 01 Nov 1950 - 20 Dec 1950

Cdr R.A. Webber, RCN - 21 Dec 1950 - 03 Apr 1951

LCdr John Herbert Maxner, RCN - 04 Apr 1951 - 27 Sep 1951

LCdr I.A. McPhee, RCN - 28 Sep 1951 - 21 Feb 1954

LCdr William Alexander Manfield, RCN - 22 Feb 1954 - 25 Nov 1954

Cdr Francis James Jones, RCN - 14 Apr 1955 - 16 Oct 1955

LCdr D.S. Bethune, RCN - 17 Oct 1955 - 24 Sep 1957

 


 

     In memory of those who have crossed the bar    

They shall not be forgotten

 

Amy, M. Keith J.

Bate, Charles D.S.

Beanlands, Gordon A.

Boughton, Benjamin

Boicey, Orville

Book, Kenneth E.

Bovey, John H.G.

Bowditch, William W.

Brown, Raymond B.

Bush, Charles L.

Coady, Francis E.M.

Cook, D. Glenn

Corner, Richard W.

Crowley, Michael J.P.

Dewey, Stanley C.

Erlendson, John H.

Exley, Earl W.

Forbes, George S.

Guy, Allan R.

Hoffman, Herman E.

Jenkins, Donald

Jones, George T.

Kemp, Samuel G.

Kilbride, Gerald

Leeming, John McW.

Leslie, Gerald G.

Love, Alan T.

Mainguy, Daniel N.

Manfield, William A.

McKnight, Shepherd

Mitchell, John E.

Moore, Douglas C.

Norberg, James W.

Okros, Richard D.

Parsons, Wallace W.

Pelletier, Léo O.

Phillips, Edward C.

Reid, John M.

Rhymes, Reginald H.

Roscoe, Joseph F.

Rostek, Arthur

Simpson, Douglas C.

Sipko, Victor D.

Smith, Arthur H.C.

Steele, Richard M.

Stitt, Don M.

Tizard, John

Turnbull, David T.

Upton, Harold

Wallace, Sidney R.

Webber, Reginald A.

Weightman, Richard E.

Wood, James C.

 

 

 


 

Former Crew Members

 

Blodgett, Albert Lorne Nelson, Lt (S), RCN(R) - 05 Jun 1946

 

Bosworth, William John, SLt, RCNVR - 12 Feb 1945

 

Bulmer, OSTR - 1951-1952

 

Carter, Lionel James 

 

Craft, ABRP - 1951-1952

 

Guite, Jean Paul, Lt, RCNVR - 12 Feb 1944

 

Hlasny, Stephen, OSTR - 1951-1952

 

Irvine, Daniel John Sylvester, Lt (E), RCNVR - 30 Jun 1944

 

Jensey, W. OSTR - 1951-1952

Kelly, Edmund Barrie, Lt (E), RCNR - 07 Jun 1943

 

Kraft, Darryl, ABRP - 1951

 

Later, ABRP - 1951-1952

 

MacInnis, Donald Ross, Wt (E), RCN - 14 Jun 1946

 

McDougall, Graham Robertson, SLt (El) (R), RCNVR - 10 Feb 1944

 

McIsaas D., OSTR - 1951-1952

 

McKee, Fraser Murray, SLt, RCNVR - 18 May 1945

 

McMillan, Norman McLeod, Lt, RCNVR - 26 Jul 1944

Mitchell, Frank Grenfell, Lt, RCNVR - Jan 1944

 

Preston, ABRP - 1951

 

Rogers, John (Jack) Wells, Surg/Lt, RCNVR - Jan 1944

 

Squires, William Robert, Lt, RCNVR - 23 Mar 1944

 

Sym, Colin, SLt, RCNVR - 21 May 1945

 

Tofflemire, Bob, RP

 

Tyrer, John Campbell, Lt, RCNVR - 27 Jun 1944

 

Walsh, John, SD, RCNVR

 


 

Photos and Documents

 

HMCS WALLACEBURG J336

 

DND / RCN Photo - Crown copyright

HMCS WALLACEBURG J336

From the collection of Ivan Chamberlain

Courtesy of Dave Chamberlain

HMCS WALLACEBURG J336

From the collection of John C. Orr

Courtesy of John P. Orr

Lt Douglas C. Simpson on HMCS WALLACEBURG J336 - 1944

From the collection of Douglas Simpson

Courtesy of Janet Simpson

 


 

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(JM01) Portrait of Surg-Lt John E. Mitchell  (JM02-JM04) The launching of HMCS WALLACEBURG J336  (JM05) HMCS WALLACEBURG J336 - 1945

 

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(JM06-JM07) The bridge of HMCS WALLACEBURG J336  (JM08-JM09) HMCS BROCKVILLE J270 Approaches HMCS WALLACEBURG J336 and positions herself for what appears to be a towing exercise.  Note the hawser placed on WALLACE BURG'S foc's'le

 

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(JM11) HMCS PRESCOTT K161 photographed from HMCS WALLACEBURG J336  (JM12-JM13) Jim McAlister signalling USN Blimp  (JM14-JM15) Depth charges exploding astern of HMCS WALLACEBURG J336

 

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(JM16) Gunnery training on HMCS WALLACEBURG J336  (JM17) Oerlikon crew on HMCS WALLACEBURG J336

 

From the collection of John E. (Jack) Mitchell, Surg-Lt, RCNVR

 

Courtesy of John Mitchell

 


 

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(VS11) Victor Sipko peeling potatoes aboard HMCS WALLACEBURG J336  (VS12-VS15) HMCS WALLACEBURG J336 at unknown location

 

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(VS16-VS20) HMCS WALLACEBURG J336 at unknown location

 

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(VS21) Searchlight platform on HMCS WALLACEBURG J336  (VS22) Forward gun with missile racks on HMCS WALLACEBURG J336

 

From the collection of Victor Sipko, RCNVR

 

Courtesy of Linda and Ron Matshes

 


 

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(JW01) HMCS WALLACEBURG J336  (JW02) SD John Walsh painting ship on HMCS WALLACEBURG J336  (JW03) John Walsh on HMCS WALLACEBURG with the ship's mascot

 


 

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(SH01) L-R: Unknown, Daryl Kraft and Steve Hlasny on HMCS WALLACEBURG 172 circa 1951  (SH02) ABRP Daryl Kraft on HMCS WALLACEBURG 172 circa 1951  (SH03) HMCS WALLACEBURG 172, Halifax, 1951  (SH04) ABRP Preston on HMCS WALLACEBURG 172 circa 1951  (SH05) Station card for Steven Hlasny

 

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(SH06) OSTR Steve Hlasny on HMCS WALLACEBURG 172, circa 1951  (SH07) OSTR Steve Hlasny on HMCS WALLACEBURG 172, circa 1951  (SH08) HMCS WALLACEBURG 172 at HMCS STAR, Hamilton, Jul 1955  (SH09) HMCS WALLACEBURG 172

 

Courtesy of Steve Hlasny

 


 

HMCS WALLACEBURG 172

 

DND / RCN Photo - Crown copy right

HMCS LABRADOR and HMCS WALLACEBURG in an ice field - date and location unknown

Courtesy of the CFB Esquimalt Naval and Military Museum, photo number 2004.471.102

Belgium Naval Ship GEORGES LECOINTE F901 former HMCS WALLACEBURG 172

Source: Belgium.Navy.be

 

 


 

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