Allied Warships

HMS Fort York (J 119)

Minesweeper of the Bangor class

NavyThe Royal Navy
PennantJ 119 
ModReciprocating engined 
Built byDufferin Shipbuilding Co. (Toronto, Ontario, Canada) : Montreal-Loco 
Ordered28 Nov 1940 
Laid down26 Feb 1941 
Launched24 Aug 1941 
Commissioned27 Feb 1942 
End service 

Sold to the Portugese Navy on 26 September 1950 being renamed Commandate Almeida Carvalho.


Commands listed for HMS Fort York (J 119)

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1T/Lt. Douglas Wharrie Main, RCNR17 Nov 1941

2Cdr. Joseph John Youngs, OBE, RD, RNR14 Jul 19424 Feb 1943
3Lt.Cdr. Colin Henry Corbet-Singleton, DSC, RN4 Feb 194328 Jul 1943
4Cdr. (retired) John Pollington Apps, RN28 Jul 1943mid/late43
5Lt.Cdr. Ivor Calvert-Jones, RNVRmid/late4315 Nov 1943
6Lt.Cdr. Frederick Hodgson, RN15 Nov 19438 Dec 1943
7T/Lt. Edward Warren De la Mare, RNR8 Dec 19433 May 1945
8T/A/Lt.Cdr. Leslie Hammond, RNR3 May 1945Dec 1946

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Notable events involving Fort York include:

5 May 1943
HMS Upstart (Lt. P.C. Chapman, DSC and Bar, RN) conducted A/S exercises in Lough Foyle with HMS Azalea (Lt. G.C. Geddes, RNR), HMS Fleetwood (Cdr. W.B. Piggott, OBE, RD, RNR), HMS Mignonette (Lt. H.H. Brown, RNR), HMS Qualicum (T/Lt. H. Stevens, RNVR) and HMS Fort York (Lt.Cdr. C.H. Corbet-Singleton, DSC and 2 Bars, RN). (1)

1 Feb 1944
HrMs O 10 (Lt.Cdr. A. van Altena, RNN(R)) participated in A/S exercises off Tobermory with HMS Recruit (T/Cdr. G.E.W.W. Bayly, RNVR), HMS Fancy (A/Lt.Cdr. G.A. Simmers, DSC, RNR), HMS Fort York (T/Lt. E.W. De la Mare, RNR) and HMS Steepholm (T/Lt. S.C. Dickenson, RNVR). (2)

6 Feb 1944
HMS Varangian (Lt. S.J. Fovargue, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Tobermory with HMS Taff (T/Lt.Cdr. A. Harrison, RNR) and HMS Fort York (T/Lt. E.W. De la Mare, RNR). (3)


  1. ADM 173/18373
  2. File (Dutch Archives, The Hague, Netherlands)
  3. ADM 173/19347

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

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