HMCS Malpeque

A ship travelling on the water.

HMCS Malpeque J148.

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

HMCS Malpeque (J148)

Commissioned at Vancouver, British Columbia, on 4 August 1941, the Bangor Class minesweeper Malpeque left for Halifax, Nova Scotia, on 13 September, arriving on 19 October. She was briefly assigned to Sydney Force and then to Newfoundland Force, with which she served until 19 February 1944. She then sailed for the United Kingdom via the Azores with HMCS Caraquet, Cowichan and Vegreville for invasion duties.

Arriving at Plymouth, England, on 13 March, she was assigned to the 31st Minesweeping Flotilla, and was present on D-Day. She proceeded to Canada in April 1945 for refit at Liverpool, Nova Scotia, but returned to the United Kingdom in June and remained there until September.

Malpeque then returned home and was paid off on 9 October 1945 to reserve at Shelburne, Nova Scotia. Taken to Sorel, Quebec, in 1946 and placed in strategic reserve, she was reacquired by the Royal Canadian Navy in 1952 and laid up at Sydney, Nova Scotia. Never again commissioned, she was sold for scrap in February 1959.

  • Builder: North Van Ship Repairs Ltd., Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Date laid down: 24 April 1940
  • Date launched: 5 September 1940
  • Date commissioned: 4 August 1941
  • Date paid off: 9 October 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, four 20-mm guns (2 x I, 1 x II) and depth charges.

Battle honours

  • Atlantic 1941-1942
  • Normandy 1944
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