Allied Warships

HMCS Melville (J 263)

Minesweeper of the Bangor class

HMCS Melville at jetty.

NavyThe Royal Canadian Navy
PennantJ 263 
ModDiesel engined 
Built byDavie Shipbuilding and Repairing Co. Ltd. (Lauzon, Quebec, Canada) 
Laid down17 Dec 1940 
Launched6 Jul 1941 
Commissioned4 Dec 1941 
End service18 Aug 1945 

Decommissioned 18 August 1945.
Served with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police as Cygnet from 1945 untill 1961.


Commands listed for HMCS Melville (J 263)

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1T/Lt. Ralph Thomas Ingram, RCNR4 Dec 194119 Jun 1942
2T/Lt. Eric Rigby Shaw, RCNR20 Jun 194211 Oct 1943
3T/Lt. Douglas Alexander Cochrane Newton, RCNVR12 Oct 194320 May 1944
4T/Lt. James Sloman Foster, RCNR20 May 194418 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.

The survivors from Fort Qu'Appelle onboard the HMCS Melville.

3 Feb 1943
HMCS Melville (T/A/Lt.Cdr. E.R. Shaw, RCNR) arrived at Lunenburg for a refit.

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