The History of the STRATFORD

Commissioned at Toronto on August 27, 1942, Stratford arrived at Halifax on September 22 and was assigned to Newfoundland Force. She remained with this force as a convoy escort throughout her wartime careen and saw continuous service. She did not require a major refit until December 1944, when this was done at Dartmouth, N.S. On its completion she carried out workups in Bermuda from February 15 to March 8, 1945. Returning from Bermuda, she was involved in a collision with HMCS Ottawa in the Halifax approaches on March 11, receiving extensive damage to her focsle. Though inactive thereafter she was not paid off until January 4, 1946, and was then sold for scrap.

STRATFORD Statistical Data

  • Pendant: J310
  • 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: Davie Shipbuilding and Repairing Co. Ltd., Lauzon, Que.
  • Keel Laid: 29-Oct-41
  • Date Launched: 14-Feb-42
  • Date Commissioned: 29-Aug-42
  • Paid off: 01-Apr-46


She was named after the city of Stratford, Ontario.

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