HMCS Kentville

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HMCS Kentville J312 / 182.

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

HMCS Kentville (J312 / 182)

The Kentville 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. 

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. Sixteen of them, however, assisted in sweeping the approaches to Normandy before D-Day, and stayed to help clear German and Allied minefields in the Channel for some months afterward.

Commissioned at Port Arthur, now Thunder Bay, Ontario on 10 October 1942, Kentville arrived at Halifax, Nova Scotia on 15 November, having escorted a Quebec-Sydney convoy en route. After work-ups, she was assigned to Halifax Force in January 1943. With the exception of the period between May and November 1943, when she served with Sydney Force, she spent her entire career based out of Halifax. In May 1944, she underwent a refit at Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island. Upon completion of this in July, she proceeded to Bermuda for work-ups and returned to Halifax in mid-August. Kentville was paid off at Sydney, Nova Scotia on 28 October 1945 and went into reserve, first at Shelburne, Nova Scotia, and then in 1946 at Sorel, Quebec. Reacquired by the Royal Canadian Navy in 1952, she was refitted and placed in reserve at Sydney, and was again in commission during the summer of 1954. Transferred to the Turkish Navy on 29 November 1957and renamed Bartin, she remained in service until 1972.

  • Builder: Port Arthur Shipbuilding Co. Ltd., Port Arthur, Ontario.
  • Laid down: 15 December 1941
  • Launched: 17 April 1942
  • Date commissioned: 10 October 1942
  • Final date paid off: 29 November 1957
  • Displacement: 672 tons
  • Dimensions: 54.9 m x 8.7 m x 2.5 m
  • Speed: 16 knots
  • Crew: 83
  • Armament: (original) one 3-inch (76-mm) gun, three 20-mm guns (3 x I) and depth charges; (post war) one Hedgehog mortar, one 40-mm gun, two 20mm guns (2 x I) and depth charges.

Battle honours

  • Atlantic 1944-1945
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