HMCS Chignecto

There have been three vessels named Chignecto in the Royal Canadian Navy.

HMCS Chignecto  (1st of name) (J160) / Bangor-class Minesweeper

HMCS Chignecto J160

Built in Vancouver, Chignecto spent her whole career on the west coast, alternating between Esquimalt Force and Prince Rupert Force. She was paid off on 3 November 1945 at Esquimalt, BC, and sold in 1946 to the Union Steamship Co., Vancouver, for conversion to a coastal merchant ship. The conversion was not proceeded with, and in 1951 a San Francisco firm offered to purchase her.


HMCS Chignecto  (2nd of name) (156) / Bay-class Minesweeper

HMCS Chignecto 156

In 1951 and 1952, fourteen replacements were laid down for the aging minesweepers of wartime construction. Six were transferred to the French Navy in 1954, but were replaced by six of the same name in 1956-57. These ships were very similar to the Royal Navy’s Ton Class of the same vintage.

The second Chignecto was built by Marine Industries Ltd., Sorel, and commissioned on 1 December 1953, and paid off on March 31 1954, the day of her transfer to the French Navy. Renamed La Bayonnaise, she served until 1976.


HMCS Chignecto (3rd of name) (160) / Bay-class Patrol Vessel

HMCS Chignecto 160

Badge of HMCS Chignecto


Built as a replacement for the second Chignecto by G.T. Davie & Sons, Lauzon, she was commissioned on 1 August 1957. Built as a Bay-class minesweeper, she and five of her sister ships were re-classed as patrol escorts in 1972.  She served as a member of Training Group Pacific providing ship-handling for junior officers, until paid off on 19 December 1998.


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