Allied Warships

HMCS Portage (J 331)

Minesweeper of the Algerine class

NavyThe Royal Canadian Navy
PennantJ 331 
ModReciprocating engined 
Built byPort Arthur Shipbuilding Co. (Port Arthur, Ontario, Canada) 
Ordered12 Dec 1941 
Laid down23 May 1942 
Launched21 Nov 1942 
Commissioned22 Oct 1943 
End service 1958 

Decommissioned 31 July 1946.
Became a training ship in 1947.
Sold for scrap in 1958.


Commands listed for HMCS Portage (J 331)

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1Lt. Breen Philip Young, RCNR22 Oct 194319 Dec 1943
2T/A/Lt.Cdr. George Murray Kaizer, RCNR20 Dec 194331 Dec 1943
3T/Lt.Cdr. James Phillip Fraser, RCNR1 Jan 19449 Jan 1944
4T/A/Lt.Cdr. George Murray Kaizer, RCNR11 Jan 19444 Jun 1945

5T/Lt.Cdr. George Murray Kaizer, RCNR14 Jul 19452 Aug 1945

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Notable events involving Portage include:

24 Feb 1945
HMS Upright (Lt. J.A.L. Wilkinson, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Bermuda with HMCS Smiths Falls (T/A/Lt.Cdr. P.T. Byers, RCNR) and HMCS Portage (T/Lt.Cdr. G.M. Kaizer, RCNR). (1)


  1. ADM 173/20175

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

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