Allied Warships

HMCS Minas (J 165)

Minesweeper of the Bangor class

NavyThe Royal Canadian Navy
PennantJ 165 
ModVTE reciprocating engined 
Built byBurrard Dry Dock Co. Ltd. (Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada) 
Ordered23 Feb 1940 
Laid down18 Oct 1940 
Launched22 Jan 1941 
Commissioned2 Aug 1941 
End service 

Decommissioned 6 October 1945.
Recommissioned after 1949 with penant number 189.
Scrapped in August 1959.


Commands listed for HMCS Minas (J 165)

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1T/Lt. John Charles Barbour, RCNR2 Dec 194110 Sep 1942
2T/Lt. William Frederick Wood, RCNR11 Sep 194217 Jun 1943
3T/Lt. James Barrett Lamb, RCNVR18 Jun 194325 Oct 1944
4T/Lt. John Gault Kingsmill, RCNVR26 Oct 19446 Oct 1945

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Notable events involving Minas include:

21 Nov 1942
HMCS Timmins (T/A/Lt.Cdr. J.M. Gillison, RCNR) and HMCS Minas (T/Lt. W.F. Wood, RCNR) together pick up 60 survivors from the British merchant Empire Sailor that had been torpedoed and sunk by the German submarine U-518 about 200 nautical miles southeast of Sydney, Nova Scotia in position 43°53'N, 55°02'W. However, several survivors had been poisoned by the phosgene gas carried as cargo and twenty of them died at sea or shortly after arriving at Halifax.

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