HMCS St. Boniface (J 332)
Minesweeper of the Algerine class
|Navy||The Royal Canadian Navy|
|Built by||Port Arthur Shipbuilding Co. (Port Arthur, Ontario, Canada)|
|Ordered||12 Dec 1941|
|Laid down||21 May 1942|
|Launched||5 Nov 1942|
|Commissioned||9 Oct 1943|
|End service||25 Sep 1946|
Decommissioned 25 September 1946.
Commands listed for HMCS St. Boniface (J 332)
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|1||T/A/Lt.Cdr. John James Hodgkinson, RCNR||10 Sep 1943||12 May 1944|
|2||T/Lt. John de la Fosse Frewer, RCNVR||13 May 1944||14 Apr 1945|
|3||T/A/Lt.Cdr. John Manuel Watson, RCNR||15 Apr 1945||25 Jun 1945|
|4||T/A/Lt.Cdr. Raymond Nelson Smillie, RCNVR||20 Aug 1945|
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Notable events involving St. Boniface include:
Originally fitted with 4 single 20 mm guns, in early 1944 they were replaced by 4 twin 20 mm guns in a mount where the gunner sat next to the guns and operated them with a wheel much like flying a plane. Served in St. Boniface as a Sto.1 from Dec 43 to Sept.45. Western Local Escort, Halifax, Newfire, New York. Collided with British S.S. Chamois (freighter) while forming up convoy outside Halifax, April 18,1945. (1)
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