Allied Warships

HMCS Gananoque (J 259)

Minesweeper of the Bangor class

NavyThe Royal Canadian Navy
PennantJ 259 
ModVTE reciprocating engined 
Built byDufferin Shipbuilding Co. (Toronto, Ontario, Canada) 
Laid down15 Jan 1941 
Launched23 Apr 1941 
Commissioned8 Nov 1941 
End service 

Decommissioned 13 October 1945.
Recommissioned after 1949 with penant number 184.
Sold in February 1959.


Commands listed for HMCS Gananoque (J 259)

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1T/Lt. Edward Middlemas More, RCNR4 Oct 194115 Mar 1943
2T/Lt.Cdr. William Woods, RCNR16 Mar 194328 Mar 1943
3T/Skr.Lt. Ernest Stanley Nelson Pleasance, RCNR29 Mar 19432 Nov 1943
4T/Skr.Lt. Ernest Stanley Nelson Pleasance, RCNR28 Nov 194324 May 1944
5T/A/Lt.Cdr. Andrew Paul Duke, RCNVR25 May 194423 Jun 1945

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Notable events involving Gananoque include:

13 Apr 1944
HMS Sea Nymph (Lt. N.L.A. Jewell, M.B.E., RN) departed Halifax for New London, U.S.A. She was escorted by HMCS Gananoque (T/Skr.Lt. E.S.N. Pleasance, RCNR). (1)


  1. ADM 199/1840

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

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