The History of the GEORGIAN

Commissioned at Toronto on September 23, 1941, Georgian arrived at Halifax on October 13. On completing workups she was assigned to Sydney Force, but in January, 1942, she joined Newfoundland Force and remained with it until February, 1944. Through a tragic error on June 12, 1942, she rammed and sank the British submarine P514 off Newfoundland. Nominated for duties in connection with the invasion of Europe, she left Halifax on February 18, 1944, with Bayfield, Mulgrave and Thunder for Plymouth via the Azores, arriving on March 7. Assigned to a series of minesweepers flotillas, particularly the 14th, she was present on D-Day. She returned to Canada in January, 1945, for refit at Lunenburg, N.S., then returned to the U.K. for service with the 31st Flotilla in April. That fall she sailed again for Canada, where she was paid off at Sydney on October 23 and laid up at Shelburne until sold for scrap.

GEORGIAN Statistical Data

  • Pendant: J144
  • 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: Dufferin Shipbuilding Co. Toronto, Ont.
  • Keel Laid: 10-Oct-40
  • Date Launched: 28-Jan-41
  • Date Commissioned: 23-Sep-41
  • Paid off: 23-Oct-45

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