Marine Heritage Database

HMCS Middlesex - 1946

Ship Type

Typical Profile

J

3

2

8


Code Flags

Tonnage

Length(ft)

225

Breadth(ft)

35.6

Depth(ft)

8.6

Masts

Decks

Hull

Shipwreck Details

Description

MIDDLESEX was an Algerine class minesweeper, one of a class of large minesweepers built late in the war which were also suitable for convoy escort work. She saw convoy escort duty in World War Two and was briefly mothballed after the end of the war. In March of 1946, was was activated as an emergency ship at Halifax and assisted a number of vessels in distress before meeting her own end.

Story

HMCS MIDDLESEX was en route to assist the fishing vessel OHIO when she ran aground. Her crew escaped unharmed. The vessel could not be salvaged and was cut up for scrap on the beach where she ran aground. It was considered an unfortunate end to a vessel which had rescued many others as the Navy's designated rescue ship in Halifax.

Vessel Type

Motor, Minesweeper

Type of Event

Total Loss

Nature of Event

Grounded

Cause of Event

Stress of weather

Date of Wreck

1946-12-02

Location

Shutin Island

Cargo

Lives Lost

Voyage from

Halifax, Nova Scotia

Voyage to

Sea Rescue

Remarks

Ship Construction

Built at

Port Arthur, Ontario , Canada

Date

1943.05.27

Registered at

Canadian Navy, Canada

Date

Propulsion

Motor

Rig

Details

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