Allied Warships

HMCS Kentville (J 312)

Minesweeper of the Bangor class

NavyThe Royal Canadian Navy
PennantJ 312 
ModVTE reciprocating engined 
Built byPort Arthur Shipbuilding Co. (Port Arthur, Ontario, Canada) 
Laid down15 Dec 1941 
Launched17 Apr 1942 
Commissioned10 Oct 1942 
End service 1957 

Decommissioned 28 October 1945.
Recommissioned with penant number 182 after 1949.
Decommissioned and transferred to Turkey in 1957.
Renamed Bartin and served untill 1972.


Commands listed for HMCS Kentville (J 312)

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1T/Lt. John Gwyndaf Hughes, RCNR15 Sep 194221 Mar 1944
2T/Lt. William James Gilmore, RCNVR22 Mar 194421 Jul 1944
3T/Lt. Frank Gordon Rainsford, RCNVR22 Jul 194428 Oct 1945

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Notable events involving Kentville include:

6 Jul 1944
HMS L 27 (Lt. J.N. Elliott, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Bermuda with HMCS St. Lambert (T/Lt. R.C. Hayden, RCNVR), HMCS Kentville (T/Lt. F.G. Rainsford, RCNVR), HMCS St. Therese (T/Cdr. J.E. Mitchell, RCNVR) and HMCS Eastview (T/A/Lt.Cdr. A.M. Kirkpatrick, RCNVR). (1)

9 Aug 1944
HMS L 27 (Lt. J.N. Elliott, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Bermuda with HMCS Trillium (T/Lt. K.E. Meredith, RCNVR), HMCS Red Deer (T/Lt. D.B.D. Ross, RCNVR), HMCS St. Lambert (T/Lt. R.C. Hayden, RCNVR) and HMCS Kentville (T/Lt. F.G. Rainsford, RCNVR). (1)

14 Jan 1945
HMCS Kentville picks up 5 survivors from the Norwegian merchant Polarland that was torpedoed and sunk off Halifax in position 44°30'N, 63°00'W by German U-boat U-1232.


  1. ADM 199/1830

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

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