HMCS Canso

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HMCS Canso J21

There has been only one vessel named Canso in the Royal Canadian Navy.

HMCS Canso (J21)

Built for the Royal Navy, but transferred to the Royal Canadian Navy for manning, the Bangor class minesweeper Canso was commissioned at Vancouver, British Columbia, on 6 March 1942.

After working-up, she was assigned to Esquimalt Force from May 1942 to July 1943, when she was allocated to Halifax Force. She left Esquimalt, British Columbia, on 8 July 1943 and arrived at Halifax, Nova Scotia, on 19 August.

On 21 February 1944, with HMCS Guysborough, Kenora and Wasaga, she sailed from Halifax via the Azores for Plymouth, arriving on 7 March. She was allocated in turn to the 32nd, 16th, and 31st Minesweeping Flotillas, and was on hand at D-Day.

In August 1944, she returned briefly to Canada for a refit at Saint John, New Brunswick, and in November resumed her task of clearing German minefields. She was paid off on 24 September 1945 and returned to the Royal Navy at Sheerness, Great Britain, before being broken up at Sunderland, Great Britain, in 1948. 

  • Builder: North Van Ship Repairs Ltd., Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Laid down: 30 December 1940
  • Launched: 9 June 1941
  • Commissionning date: 6 March 1942
  • Paying off date: 24 September 1945
  • Displacement: 672 tons              
  • Dimensions: 54.9 m x 8.7 m x 2.5 m
  • Speed: 16 knots
  • Crew: 83
  • Armament: one 12-pound (5.45 kg) gun, two 20-mm guns (2 x I) and depth charges.

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