Allied Warships

HMCS Rockcliffe (J 355)

Minesweeper of the Algerine class

NavyThe Royal Canadian Navy
PennantJ 355 
ModReciprocating engined 
Built byPort Arthur Shipbuilding Co. (Port Arthur, Ontario, Canada) 
Ordered12 Dec 1941 
Laid down23 Dec 1942 
Launched19 Aug 1943 
Commissioned30 Sep 1944 
End service 1950 

Decommissioned 28 July 1945.
Became a training ship in 1947.
Sold for scrap in 1950.


Commands listed for HMCS Rockcliffe (J 355)

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1T/Lt. John Edisforth Heward, RCNR8 Aug 194428 Jul 1945

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Notable events involving Rockcliffe include:

3 Dec 1944
HMS Upright (Lt. J.A.L. Wilkinson, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Bermuda with HMCS Sea Cliff (Lt.Cdr. J.E. Harrington, RCNVR), HMCS Cap de la Madeleine (T/Lt.Cdr. R.A. Judges, RCNVR), HMCS Rockcliffe (T/Lt. J.E. Heward, RCNR) and HMCS Kirkland Lake (T/Lt. J.A. Tullis, RCNR). (1)


  1. ADM 173/19287

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

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