HMCS Kapuskasing

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HMCS Kapuskasing J326 / 171.

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

HMCS Kapuskasing (J326 / 171)

The Kapuskasing was an Algerine Class minesweeper. The Algerine Class ships were designed as small vessels that could serve in several roles and not just as minesweepers. Their predecessors, the Bangor Class minesweepers, were bluff-bowed ships, very wet in a head sea, and arguably less comfortable even than corvettes in rough weather. These faults were eliminated in the Algerine Class, all twelve of which were built at Port Arthur, Ontario. Intended as convoy escorts, they were not fitted with minesweeping gear. Larger than corvettes, the Algerines found particular favour as Senior Officers’ ships in Western Local groups. After the war, most found employment for many years on hydrographic survey duties or as training ships for reservists.

Commissioned at Port Arthur, now Thunder Bay, Ontario on 17 August 1944, Kapuskasing arrived at Halifax, Nova Scotia, in early September, and proceeded to Bermuda on 1 October for work-ups. She returned to Halifax in mid-November and was assigned as Senior Officer’s ship to Escort Group W-1 of Western Escort Force. When the force was disbanded in June 1945, she was placed temporarily in maintenance reserve at Sydney, Nova Scotia, and then taken to Halifax for refit in November. On completion of the refit, she was paid off into reserve on 27 March 1946. In 1949, she was loaned to the Department of Mines and Technical Surveys and converted for hydrographic survey work. Returned to the Navy in 1972 and based in Halifax Kapuskasing became part of the navy’s auxiliary fleet, manned by a civilian crew until she was expended as a target on 3 October 1978.

Badge of HMCS Kapuskasing.

Badge of HMCS Kapuskasing.

  • Builder: Port Arthur Shipbuilding Co. Ltd., Port Arthur, Ontario
  • Laid down: 19 December 1942
  • Launched: 22 July 1943
  • Date commissioned: 17 August 1944
  • Date paid off: 27 March 1946
  • Displacement: 990 tons
  • Dimensions: 68.6 m x 10.8 m x 2.6 m
  • Speed: 16 knots
  • Crew: 107
  • Armament: one 4-inch (102-mm) gun, eight 20-mm guns (4 x II), one Hedgehog mortar and depth charges.

Battle honours

  • Atlantic 1944-1945
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