The History of the CORDOVA

Built for the USN and Commissioned as YMS-420. Subsequently sold to Canada and re-commissioned as HMCS Cordova (MCA 158). Served as a tender to the Vancouver Naval Divison until 4 April 1957.

CORDOVA Statistical Data

  • Pendant: 158
  • Type: Minesweeper
  • Class:
  • Displacement: 325 tonnes
  • Length: 136 ft
  • Width: 24.5 ft
  • Draught: 8 ft
  • Speed: 15 kts
  • Compliment: 30 Total Officers and Crew
  • Arms: None fitted.
  • Builder: H.C. Grebe and Co., Chicago, Illinois
  • Keel Laid: 18-Sep-43
  • Date Launched: 08-Apr-44
  • Date Commissioned: 09-Aug-52
  • Paid off: 12-Apr-57


Sold in 1970 to Harbour Ferries, Ltd. of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada and renamed Harbour Queen No. 1; Renamed Nakaya in 1980; Sunk in 1992 as a diving wreck at Porteau Cove Provincial Park, located 40 miles north of Vancouver.

Keywords: HMCS CORDOVA, Royal Canadian Navy Ship, Minesweeper, Class