HMCS Miramichi (MCB 163)

HMCS Miramichi (hull number MCB 163) was a Bay-class minesweeper that was constructed for the Royal Canadian Navy during the Cold War. Entering service in 1957, the vessel was used as a training ship on the West Coast of Canada for the majority of her career. Miramichi was decommissioned in 1998 and the vessel’s fate is unknown.

For other ships with the same name, see HMCS Miramichi.

Miramichi underway
History
Canada
Name Miramichi
Namesake Miramichi Bay
Builder Victoria Machinery Depot, Victoria, British Columbia
Laid down 2 February 1956
Launched 22 February 1957
Commissioned 29 October 1957
Decommissioned 16 December 1998
Identification MCB 163
Motto Loyal à la mort[1]
Fate Paid off 1998, fate unknown
Badge On a field of birch bark proper, a pile barry wavy of ten argent and azure and overall an equilateral triangle, apex to the chief gules, charged with a porcupine or.[1]
General characteristics
Class and type Bay-classminesweeper
Displacement
  • 390 long tons (400 t)
  • 412 long tons (419 t) (deep load)
Length 152 ft (46 m)
Beam 28 ft (8.5 m)
Draught 8 ft (2.4 m)
Propulsion 2 shafts, 2 GM 12-cylinder diesels, 2,400 bhp (1,800 kW)
Speed 16 knots (30 km/h; 18 mph)
Range 3,290 nmi (6,090 km; 3,790 mi) at 12 kn (22 km/h; 14 mph)
Complement 38
Armament 1 × 40 mm Bofors gun
Miramichi between 1957 and 1965

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The Bay class were designed and ordered as replacements for the Second World War-era minesweepers that the Royal Canadian Navy operated at the time. Similar to the Ton-class minesweeper, they were constructed of wood planking and aluminum framing.[2][3]

Displacing390 long tons (400 t) standard at 412 long tons (419 t) at deep load, the minesweepers were 152 ft (46 m)long with a beam of 28 ft (8.5 m) and a draught of 8 ft (2.4 m).[2][3] They had a complement of 38 officers and ratings.[2][note 1]

The Bay-class minesweepers were powered by two GM 12-cylinder diesel engines driving two shafts creating 2,400 brake horsepower (1,800 kW). This gave the ships a maximum speed of 16 knots (30 km/h; 18 mph) and a range of 3,290 nautical miles (6,090 km; 3,790 mi) at 12 knots (22 km/h; 14 mph).[3][4] The ships were armed with one 40 mm Bofors gun and were equipped with minesweeping gear.[2][3]

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