HMCS Mimico

A ship travelling on the water.

HMCS Mimico K485.

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

HMCS Mimico (K485)

Named after a town now part of Toronto, the Flower class corvette Mimico was laid down as HMS Bulrush, but was transferred to the Royal Canadian Navy and commissioned on 8 February 1944 at Sunderland, United Kingdom.

On 18 April, after working up at Stornoway, Scotland, she arrived at Oban, Scotland where she was assigned to Western Approaches Command for escort duty in connection with Operation OVERLORD. She arrived off the Normandy beaches with a convoy on the day after D-Day. Mimico remained on escort duty in the Channel, and was briefly assigned to Portsmouth Command, based at Sheerness, England, in September. In February and March of 1945, she refitted at Chatham, England, before returning to Sheerness to resume her previous role until late in May, when she left the United Kingdom for the last time.

She was paid off on 18 July 1945 and laid up at Sorel, Quebec. Sold for use as a whaler, she entered service in 1950 as Olympic Victor but passed into Japanese hands in 1956 and was renamed Otori Maru No. 12. Renamed again as Kyo Maru No. 25 in 1962, she last appears in Lloyd’s Register for 1977-1978.

  • Builder: John Crown & Sons Ltd., Sunderland, United Kingdom
  • Laid down: 22 February 1943
  • Date launched: 11 October 1943
  • Date commissioned: 8 February 1944
  • Date paid off: 18 July 1945
  • Displacement: 985.6 tonnes
  • Dimensions: 63.5 m x 10.1 m x 2.9 m
  • Speed: 16 knots               
  • Crew: 85
  • Armament: one 4-inch (102-mm) gun, one 2-pound (0.9 kg) gun, two 20-mm (2 x I) guns, one Hedgehog mortar and depth charges.

Battle honours

  • Normandy 1944
  • Atlantic 1945
  • English Channel 1945
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