The History of the BELLECHASSE

Named for a county in Quebec, Bellechasse was built at Vancouver and commissioned there December 13, 1941. She spent her entire career on the west coast, alternating between Prince Rupert Force and Esquimalt Force. Paid off on October 23, 1945, at Esquimalt, she was sold the following year to the Union Steamship Co., Vancouver but her intended conversion for mercantile service was not carried out.

BELLECHASSE Statistical Data

  • Pendant: J170
  • Type: Minesweeper
  • Class: BANGOR Class (39-40 Programme)
  • Displacement: 672 tonnes
  • Length: 180 ft
  • Width: 28.5 ft
  • Draught: 8.3 ft
  • Speed: 16 kts
  • Compliment: 6 Officers and 77 Crew
  • Arms: 1-4" Gun, 1-3" Gun, 2-20mm
  • Builder: Burrard Dry Dock Co. Ltd.. Vancouver. B.C.
  • Keel Laid: 16-Apr-41
  • Date Launched: 20-Oct-41
  • Date Commissioned: 13-Dec-41
  • Paid off: 23-Oct-45

Keywords: HMCS BELLECHASSE, Royal Canadian Navy Ship, Minesweeper, BANGOR Class (39-40 Programme) Class