HMCS Mahone

There has been only one vessel named HCMS Mahone in the Royal Canadian Navy.

HMCS Mahone (J159)

Commissioned at Vancouver, British Columbia, on September 29, 1941, the Bangor Class minesweeper Mahone left Esquimalt on November 11 for Halifax, Nova Scotia, where, upon her arrival on December 17, she was assigned to Western Local Escort Force.

Between May 1942 and January 1943, she served with Halifax Force, and then underwent a major refit at Liverpool, Nova Scotia from January 19 to April 3. She was then transferred to Gaspé Force because of U-boat activity in the St. Lawrence, but returned to Halifax Force in November 1943 and soon afterward went to Sydney Force.

On January 29, 1944, she was rammed by SS Fort Townshend off Louisbourg, Nova Scotia and, after temporary repairs, was sent to Halifax for further repair work that lasted 4 months. Early in June, she proceeded to Bermuda to work-up and returned to Halifax a month later.

HCMS Mahone was paid off at Halifax on November 6, 1945, and laid up at Shelburne, Nova Scotia. In 1946, she was placed in strategic reserve at Sorel, Quebec, until 1951. She was then reacquired by the Royal Canadian Navy, which kept her in reserve at Sydney, Nova Scotia, until March 29, 1958. That day marked her transfer to the Turkish Navy as Beylerbeyi. She remained in service until discarded in 1972.

  • Builder: North Van Ship Repairs Ltd., Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Laid down: August 13, 1940
  • Launched: November 14, 1940
  • Commissionning date: September 29, 1941
  • Paying off date: November 6, 1945
  • Displacement: 672 tons
  • Dimensions: 54.9 m  x 8.7 mx 2.5 m
  • Speed: 16 knots
  • Crew: 83
  • Armament: one 3-inch (76-mm) gun, one 2-pound (0.95 kg) gun, two 20-mm guns (2 single mounts) and depth charges.

Battle honours

Atlantic 1942-1945

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