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HMCS BRAS D'OR (1st)

HMCS BRAS D'OR (1st)

The History of the BRAS D'OR (1st)

The 265 ton HMCS Bras d'Or was built at Sorel, Quebec in 1918. She was employed as a Naval Service Trawler, Lightship #25 and, finally, a minesweeper. She joined the St. Lawrence Patrol in June 1940, being based at Rimouski, Quebec. On the night of Oct 18-19, 1940, while keeping the Romanian freighter Ingener N. Vlasspol under surveillance in the Gulf of St. Lawrence, the minesweeper disappeared. Investigation determined that: the Bras d'Or was not rammed as there was no damage to the freighter; the minesweeper was seen by a pilot of the Rimouski Pilot Service on Oct 17, who said that she seemed to be grounded just offshore; a report from the mate on the Ingener N. Vlasspol stated that the lights on the Bras d'Or were extinguished at 3:50 a.m. Oct 19 and that a search was later made but nothing was ever found and no bodies were ever found. The complement was 30 men.

BRAS D'OR (1st) Statistical Data

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  • Type: Auxiliary Minesweeper
  • Class: Bras D'or
  • Displacement: tonnes
  • Length: ft
  • Width: ft
  • Draught: ft
  • Speed: kts
  • Compliment: Officers and Crew
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Keywords: HMCS BRAS D'OR (1st), Her Majesty's Canadian Ship BRAS D'OR (1st), Canadian Navy Ship, Auxiliary Minesweeper, Bras D'or Class

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