The History of the KENTVILLE

Commissioned at Port Arthur on October 10, 1942, Kentville arrived at Halifax on November 15, having escorted a Quebec-Sydney convoy en route. After working up, she was assigned to Halifax Force in January, 1943. With the exception of the period between May and November 1943, when she served with Sydney Force, she spent her entire career based at Halifax. In May, 1944, she underwent a refit at Charlottetown, on completion of which in July she proceeded to Bermuda for working up, returning to Halifax in mid-August. Kentville was paid off at Sydney on October 28, 1945, and went into reserve, first at Shelburne and then, in 1946, at Sorel. She was reacquired by the RCN in 1952, refitted and placed in reserve at Sydney, and was again in commission during the summer of 1954. Transferred on November 29, 1957 to the Turkish Navy and renamed Bartin, she remained in service until 1972.

KENTVILLE Statistical Data

  • Pendant: J312
  • Type: Minesweeper
  • Class: BANGOR Class (41-42 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: Port Arthur Shipbuilding Co. Ltd., Port Arthur, Ont.
  • Keel Laid: 15-Dec-41
  • Date Launched: 17-Apr-42
  • Date Commissioned: 10-Oct-42
  • Paid off: 28-Oct-45


After 1949 Recommissioned as Pendant 182.

Keywords: HMCS KENTVILLE, Royal Canadian Navy Ship, Minesweeper, BANGOR Class (41-42 Programme) Class