Allied Warships

HMCS Thetford Mines (K 459)

Frigate of the River class

NavyThe Royal Canadian Navy
PennantK 459 
Built byMorton Engineering and Dry Dock Co. (Quebec City, Quebec, Canada) 
OrderedOct 1941 
Laid down7 Jul 1943 
Launched30 Oct 1943 
Commissioned24 May 1944 
End service18 Nov 1945 

Decommissioned 18 November 1945.


Commands listed for HMCS Thetford Mines (K 459)

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1T/Lt. John Alfred Robert Allan, DSC, RCNVR4 May 194421 Jul 1945
2T/Lt.Cdr. Thomas Gilmour, RCNR21 Jul 194518 Nov 1945

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Notable events involving Thetford Mines include:

23 Nov 1944
HMS Vitality (Lt. K.S. Renshaw, DSC, RNR) conducted A/S exercises off Campbeltown with HMCS St. Therese (T/Cdr. J.E. Mitchell, RCNVR) and HMCS Thetford Mines (T/Lt. J.A.R. Allan, DSC, RCNVR). (1)

7 Mar 1945
German U-boat U-1302 was sunk in St George?s Channel, in position 52°19'N, 05°23'W, by depth charges / hedgehog from the Canadian frigates HMCS La Hulloise (Lt.Cdr. J. Brock, RCNVR), HMCS Strathadam (A/Lt.Cdr. H.L. Quinn, DSC, RCNVR) and HMCS Thedford Mines (Lt. J.A.R. Allan, DSC, RCNVR).

23 Mar 1945
HMCS Thedford Mines (Lt. J.A.R. Allan, DSC, RCNVR) picks up 33 survivors from German U-boat U-1003, but two of them died aboard and were buried at sea.

24 Apr 1945
HMS Universal (Lt. S.S. Brooks, DSC, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Loch Alsh with HMCS Thetford Mines (T/Lt. J.A.R. Allan, DSC, RCNVR) and HMS Joliette (T/A/Lt.Cdr. W.E. Harrison, RCNVR). (2)

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Frigates of the Royal Canadian Navy 1943-1974

MacPherson, Ken


  1. ADM 173/19423
  2. ADM 173/20127

ADM numbers indicate documents at the British National Archives at Kew, London.

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