Allied Warships

HMCS Red Deer (J 255)

Minesweeper of the Bangor class

NavyThe Royal Canadian Navy
PennantJ 255 
ModVTE reciprocating engined 
Built byCanadian Vickers Ltd. (Montreal, Quebec, Canada) 
Laid down1 Jan 1941 
Launched5 Oct 1941 
Commissioned24 Nov 1941 
End service 

Decommissioned on 30 October 1945.
Recommissioned after 1949 with penant number 196.
Sold in February 1959.


Commands listed for HMCS Red Deer (J 255)

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1T/Lt. Arthur Moorhouse, RCNR24 Nov 19412 Feb 1943
2Lt. John Arthur Mitchell, RCNR3 Feb 194331 Oct 1943
3T/S.Lt. John Powell Roberts, RCNVR1 Nov 19435 Jun 1944
4T/Lt. Donald Benjamin Day Ross, RCNVR6 Jun 19441 Oct 1945

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Notable events involving Red Deer include:

12 Jan 1942
The British merchant Cyclops is torpedoed and sunk by German U-boat U-123 about 125 miles southeast of Cape Sable, Nova Scotia, Canada in position 41°51'N, 63°48'W. HMCS Red Deer (T/Lt. A. Moorhouse, RCNR) later picks up 95 survivors.

2 Sep 1944
HMS HMS United (Lt. M.D. Hutley, RNR) and HMS Upright (Lt. J.A.L. Wilkinson, RN) departed St.Johns for Argentia, Newfoundland, Canada. They were escorted by the Canadian minesweeper HMCS Red Deer (T/Lt. D.B.D. Ross, RCNVR). (1)


  1. ADM 173/19286

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

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