HMCS Mahone

A ship on the water.

HMCS Mahone J159.

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

HMCS Mahone (J159)

Commissioned at Vancouver, British Columbia, on 29 September 1941, the Bangor Class minesweeper Mahone left Esquimalt on 11 November for Halifax, Nova Scotia, where, upon her arrival on 17 December, she was assigned to Western Local Escort Force.

Between May 1942 and January 1943, she served with Halifax Force, and then underwent a major refit at Liverpool, Nova Scotia from 19 January to 3 April. She was then transferred to Gaspé Force because of U-boat activity in the St. Lawrence, but returned to Halifax Force in November 1943 and soon afterward went to Sydney Force.

On 29 January 1944, she was rammed by SS Fort Townshend off Louisbourg, Nova Scotia and, after temporary repairs, was sent to Halifax for further repair work that lasted four months. Early in June, she proceeded to Bermuda to work-up and returned to Halifax a month later.

Mahone was paid off at Halifax on 6 November 1945 and laid up at Shelburne, Nova Scotia. In 1946, she was placed in strategic reserve at Sorel, Quebec until 1951. She was then reacquired by the Royal Canadian Navy, which kept her in reserve at Sydney, Nova Scotia, until 29 March 1958. That day marked her transfer to the Turkish Navy as Beylerbeyi. She remained in service until discarded in 1972.

  • Builder: North Van Ship Repairs Ltd., Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Laid down: 13 August 1940
  • Launched: 14 November 1940
  • Commissionning date: 29 September 1941
  • Paying off date: 6 November 1945
  • Displacement: 672 tons               
  • Dimensions: 54.9 m  x 8.7 m x 2.5 m
  • Speed: 16 knots
  • Crew: 83
  • Armament: one 3-inch (76-mm) gun, one 2-pound (0.95 kg) gun, two 20-mm guns (2 x I) and depth charges.

Battle honours

  • Atlantic 1942-1945
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