HMCS Guysborough

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HMCS Guysborough J52

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

HMCS Guysborough (J52)

Built at Vancouver, British Columbia for the Royal Navy but transferred to the Royal Canadian Navy for manning, the Bangor Class minesweeper Guysborough was commissioned on 22 April 1942 and assigned to Esquimalt Force.

On 17 March 1943, she left for Halifax, Nova Scotia and arrived on 30 April. After brief service with Western Local Escort Force, she joined Halifax Force. In mid-September, Guysborough underwent six weeks’ refit at Baltimore, Maryland.

On 21 February 1944, with HMCS Canso, Kenora and Wasaga, she left Halifax for the Azores en route to Plymouth, England, where she arrived on 8 March. Guysborough was assigned to the 14th Minesweeping Flotilla and was present on D-Day.

That December, she returned to Canada for refit at Lunenburg, Nova Scotia, after which, bound again for Plymouth, England, she was torpedoed and sunk on 17 March 1945 by the submarine U-878 off Ushant Island in the English Channel. Fifty-one of her complement lost their lives.

  • Builder: North Van Ship Repairs Ltd., Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Laid down: 28 May 1941
  • Launched: 21 July 1941
  • Commissionning date: 22 April 1942
  • Sunk: 17 March 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, four 20-mm guns (2 x I, 1 x II) and depth charges.

Battle honours

  • Atlantic 1943-1944
  • Normandy 1944
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