HMCS Mulgrave

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HMCS Mulgrave J313.

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

HMCS Mulgrave (J313)

The Mulgrave 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. 

Commissioned at Port Arthur, now Thunder Bay, Ontario on 4 November 1942, Mulgrave arrived at Halifax, Nova Scotia, on 30 November and was assigned to Halifax Force for the first quarter of 1943. She then transferred to Western Local Escort Force, becoming a member of newly created Escort Group W-2 in June 1943. On 18 February 1944, accompanied by HMCS Bayfield, Georgian and Thunder, she left Halifax for Plymouth, England via the Azores. On 29 February, while entering Horta, Azores, Mulgrave suffered grounding damage and had to be towed to Greenock, Scotland. 

After repairs at Ardrossan, Scotland she made Plymouth on 24 April to commence training and exercises. She was temporarily assigned to the 32nd Minesweeping Flotilla, and then in June to the 31st, with which she was present on D-Day. On 8 October 1944, Mulgrave was damaged by a ground mine near Le Havre, France, and had to be beached. On 3 November, she left Le Havre in tow for Portsmouth, England, where she was declared a constructive total loss. Placed in reserve at Falmouth, England in January 1945 with a reduced complement, she was formally paid off on 7 June 1945 and scrapped at Llanelly, Wales, two years later.

  • Builder: Port Arthur Shipbuilding Co. Ltd., Port Arthur, Ontario
  • Displacement: 682.8 tonnes
  • Dimensions: 54.9 m x 8.7 m x 2.5 m
  • Speed: 16 knots               
  • Crew: 83
  • Armament: one 3-inch (76-mm) gun, two 20mm (2 x I) guns and depth charges.

Battle honours

  • Atlantic 1943-1944
  • Normandy 1944
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