Allied Warships

HMCS Grandmere (J 258)

Minesweeper of the Bangor class

HMCS Grandmere (in the middle) with two sister ships.
Photograph taken by Charles James Sadler, RCNVR. First Class Stoker, Official number V-4963.

NavyThe Royal Canadian Navy
PennantJ 258 
ModVTE reciprocating engined 
Built byCanadian Vickers Ltd. (Montreal, Quebec, Canada) 
Laid down2 Jun 1941 
Launched21 Aug 1941 
Commissioned11 Dec 1941 
End service23 Oct 1945 

Decommissioned 23 October 1945.
Sold into merchantile service in 1947 and renamed Elda.


Commands listed for HMCS Grandmere (J 258)

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1T/Lt. James Cuthbert, RCNR26 Nov 194120 Apr 1944
2T/Lt. Nelson Walter Winters, RCNVR21 Apr 194423 Oct 1945

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Notable events involving Grandmere include:

14 Oct 1942
HMCS Grandmere (T/Lt. J. Cuthbert, RCNR) picks up 101 survivors from the British railway ferry Caribou that was torpedoed and sunk by German U-boat U-69 in the Cabot Strait in position 47°19'N, 59°29'W.

15 Feb 1945
HMS Upright (Lt. J.A.L. Wilkinson, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Bermuda with HMCS Quesnel (T/A/Lt.Cdr. J.M. Laing, RCNR) and HMCS Grandmere (T/Lt. N.W. Winters, RCNVR). (1)


  1. ADM 173/20175

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

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