HMCS COMOX (1st) (J64)


The History of the COMOX (1st)

HMCS Comox (J64) was a Fundy-class minesweeper that served in the Royal Canadian Navy from 1938-1945. An ice strengthened version of the British "Basset" class trawler minesweepers, Comox was initially assigned to the west coast. In World War Two, she was reassigned as a minesweeper and harbour defence vessel for Halifax Harbour. Along with her sister ship HMCS Fundy, Comox rescued survivors of the torpedoed Liberty ship SS Martin Van Buren on January 15, 1945. Fundy was decommissioned in 1945, sold in 1946 and converted to the tug boat Sung Ming.

COMOX (1st) Statistical Data

  • Pendant: J64
  • Type: Minesweeper
  • Class: Fundy Class
  • Displacement: 460 tonnes
  • Length: 163 ft
  • Width: 27.4 ft
  • Draught: 14.4 ft
  • Speed: 12 kts
  • Compliment: 3 Officers and 35 Crew
  • Arms: 1-12 pdr
  • Builder: Burrard D.D. Co., Vancouver
  • Keel Laid: 05-Feb-38
  • Date Launched: 09-Aug-38
  • Date Commissioned: 23-Nov-38
  • Paid off: 27-Jul-45

Keywords: HMCS COMOX (1st), Royal Canadian Navy Ship, Minesweeper, Fundy Class Class