HMCS Melville (J 263)
Minesweeper of the Bangor class
|Navy||The Royal Canadian Navy|
|Built by||Davie Shipbuilding and Repairing Co. Ltd. (Lauzon, Quebec, Canada)|
|Laid down||17 Dec 1940|
|Launched||6 Jul 1941|
|Commissioned||4 Dec 1941|
|End service||18 Aug 1945|
Decommissioned 18 August 1945.
Commands listed for HMCS Melville (J 263)
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|1||T/Lt. Ralph Thomas Ingram, RCNR||4 Dec 1941||19 Jun 1942|
|2||T/Lt. Eric Rigby Shaw, RCNR||20 Jun 1942||11 Oct 1943|
|3||T/Lt. Douglas Alexander Cochrane Newton, RCNVR||12 Oct 1943||20 May 1944|
|4||T/Lt. James Sloman Foster, RCNR||20 May 1944||18 Aug 1945|
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Noteable events involving Melville include:
22 Feb 1942
HMCS Melville (T/Lt. R.T. Ingram, RCNR) picks up 2 survivors from the British tanker Kars that was torpedoed and heavy damaged by German U-boat U-96 south of Halifax in position 44°15'N, 63°25'W. The forepart of the tanker sank and the after part was towed to Halifax, where it was beached on 27 February and declared at total loss.
18 May 1942
HMCS Melville (T/A/Lt.Cdr R.T. Ingram, RCNR) picks up 11 survivors from the British merchant Fort Qu?Appelle that was torpedoed and sunk the previous day by German U-boat U-135 north of Bermuda in position 39?50'N, 63?30'W.
3 Feb 1943
HMCS Melville (T/A/Lt.Cdr. E.R. Shaw, RCNR) arrived at Lunenburg for a refit.