HMCS Minas (J 165)
Minesweeper of the Bangor class
|Navy||The Royal Canadian Navy|
|Built by||Burrard Dry Dock Co. Ltd. (Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada)|
|Ordered||23 Feb 1940|
|Laid down||18 Oct 1940|
|Launched||22 Jan 1941|
|Commissioned||2 Aug 1941|
Decommissioned 6 October 1945.
Commands listed for HMCS Minas (J 165)
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|1||T/Lt. John Charles Barbour, RCNR||2 Dec 1941||10 Sep 1942|
|2||T/Lt. William Frederick Wood, RCNR||11 Sep 1942||17 Jun 1943|
|3||T/Lt. James Barrett Lamb, RCNVR||18 Jun 1943||25 Oct 1944|
|4||T/Lt. John Gault Kingsmill, RCNVR||26 Oct 1944||6 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.