Bangor Class Minesweeper



Wartime badge



Laid down: 28 Oct 1941

Launched: 14 Mar 1942

Commissioned: 15 Sep 1942

Paid off: 13 Oct 1945

Re-acquired by RCN: 1951

Transferred to the Turkish Navy: 29 Mar 1958

Paid off: 1972

Fate: Unknown


Built at Lauzon, Que, she was commissioned at Toronto on 15 Sep 1942. WESTMOUNT arrived at Halifax on 10 Oct 1942 and proceeded to Pictou to work up. Following this, she underwent engine repairs at Halifax from 20 Nov 1942 to 02 Feb 1943. She was then assigned to Halifax Local Defence Force and, later, to Halifax Force. In May 1943, she was transferred to Sydney Force, but returned to Halifax Force in Jan 1944. In Feb 1945, she commenced a major refit at Lunenburg and, after this completed late in Apr 1945, proceeded to Bermuda to work up. Upon her return to Halifax on 30 May 1945 she was assigned to miscellaneous duties until paid off at Sydney on 13 Oct 1945, and laid up at Shelburne. In 1946 she was placed in strategic reserve at Sorel until re-acquired by the RCN in 1951. On 29 Mar 1958, she was transferred to the Turkish Navy, and served Bornova until 1972.



Photos and Documents          Ship's company photos          Battle for Convoy BX-141



Commanding Officers



A/LCdr Frank G. Hutchings, RCNVR - 15 Sep 1942 - 07 Dec 1943

Lt Frederick Henry Pinfold, RCNVR - 08 Dec 1943 - 16 Mar 1944

Lt Robert Laird B. Hunter, RCNVR - 17 Mar 1944 - 25 Mar 1945

Lt Robert Paul Jackson, RCNVR - 26 Mar 1945 - 07 Jul 1945



     In memory of those who have crossed the bar    

They shall not be forgotten





Former Crew Members


Baker, Perren Laurence, Lt, RCNVR - 02 Jun 1945


Brownlee, James Calvin, SLt, RCNVR - 03 Jun 1944


Campbell, Colin Gordon, SLt (E), RCNVR - 15 Mar 1943


Doane, Warren Frank Stanley, A/Lt, RCNVR - Jan 1945

Genre, John Pope, Lt (E), RCNVR - 17 May 1943


Kayes, William Joseph, Lt (E), RCNVR - 13 Mar 1945


Kerr, John Cochrance, Lt, RCNVR - 31 Mar 1945


McDermott, Burton Duncan, SLt, RCNVR - 11 Feb 1944

Michie, John Richards, SLt (E), RCNVR - 29 May 1944


Moeser, William Alan, SLt (E), RCNVR - 18 Mar 1944


Ratcliffe, John Arthur, War (E), RCN - 08 Feb 1944


Robitaille, Rolland Michel, A/Lt, RCNVR - 14 Mar 1945


Weed, Joseph Dodsworth, Lt (E), RCNVR - 08 Jul 1944



Photos and Documents



HMCS WESTMOUNT Christmas card from George Huntbatch to his parents


From the collection of George Huntbatch


Courtesy of Ross Huntbatch


Invitation to ship's company dance for HMCS WESTMOUNT J318


From the collection of George Huntbatch


Courtesy of Ross Huntbatch


Possible badge for HMCS WESTMOUNT 187


From the collection of John Carpenter


Courtesy of Brian Carpenter


Webmaster's note:  The design of the badge places it as post-1948 when the RCN began creating official badges for ships.  The raven and flower appear to have come from the crest of the town of Westmount, Quebec.  HMCS WESTMOUNT was paid off in 1945, but re-acquired by the RCN in 1951 and later sold to the Turkish navy in 1958.  The Directorate of Heritage and History for the RCN has no record of an official badge for HMCS WESTMOUNT being approved.  It is possible that this badge was a tentative design for the ship's badge that got shelved when it was decided the ship was being sold to Turkey.