The History of the SWIFT CURRENT

Commissioned at Montreal on November 11, 1941, she arrived at Halifax on November 24 and was based there for A/S training. In May, 1942, Swift Current was moved to Pictou in the same capacity, and continued in this role until February, 1943, when she was transferred to Halifax Force. She went to Gasps Force in June, 1943, but returned to Halifax Force in November. In February, 1944, following a major refit at Luxemburg, she was transferred to Newfoundland Force, remaining there until June, 1945. Miscellaneous duties occupied her until she was paid off at Sydney on October 23, 1945, and laid up at Shelburne. Swift Current was placed in strategic reserve at Sorel the following year but reacquired by the RCN in 1951 owing to the Korean emergency. However sShe was not actually recommissioned and was handed over to the Turkish Navy on March 29, 1958. Renamed Bozcaada, she remained in Turkish service until 1971.

SWIFT CURRENT Statistical Data

  • Pendant: J254
  • Type: Minesweeper
  • Class: BANGOR Class (40-41 Regular 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: Canadian Vickers Ltd., Montreal. Que.
  • Keel Laid: 01-Oct-41
  • Date Launched: 29-May-41
  • Date Commissioned: 11-Nov-41
  • Paid off: 23-Oct-45


After 1949 renumbered as Pendant 185.

Keywords: HMCS SWIFT CURRENT, Royal Canadian Navy Ship, Minesweeper, BANGOR Class (40-41 Regular Programme) Class