HMCS Esquimalt

A ship travelling on the water.

HMCS Esquimalt J272.

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

HMCS Esquimalt (J272)

The Esquimalt was a Bangor class minesweeper. The Bangor class ships were built in order to replace the old Basset class minesweepers, as they were larger, faster, had much greater endurance, and burned oil as opposed to coal. Most of the Bangors were named after Canadian towns and cities, the rest after bays.

As enemy mines were laid only once in 1943 in Canadian waters, the Bangors were used primarily as escorts to coastal shipping or as local escorts to ocean convoys. 

Commissioned at Sorel, Quebec on 26 October 1942, Esquimalt arrived at Halifax, Nova Scotia, on 21 November. Chronically plagued by mechanical problems, she underwent repairs there until 27 March 1943 and again throughout most of May.

Esquimalt was then assigned to Newfoundland Force until September 1944, when she was transferred to Halifax Local Defence Force. In late September, she underwent a three-month refit at Halifax. While on anti-submarine patrol on 16 April 1945, she was torpedoed and sunk by the German submarine U-190 five miles off Chebucto Head, near Halifax, with the loss of thirty-nine of her ship’s company.

  • Builder: Marine Industries Ltd., Sorel, Québec
  • Laid down: 20 December 1940
  • Launched: 8 August 1941
  • Date commissioned: 26 October 1942
  • Sunk: 16 April 1945
  • Displacement: 592 tons
  • Dimensions: 49.4 m x 8.6 m x 2.5 m
  • Speed: 16 knots
  • Crew: 83
  • Armament: one 12-pounder (5.45 kg) gun, two 20-mm guns (2 x I) and depth charges.

Battle honours

  • Atlantic 1943-1944
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