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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Notable 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 by German U-boat U-96 about 25 miles south-southeast of Halifax in position 44°15'N, 63°25'W, but one of them died after being rescued.
18 May 1942
HMCS Melville (T/A/Lt.Cdr R.T. Ingram, RCNR) picks up 34 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.