Thursday, January 5, 2017

Auxiliary Minesweeper HMCS Venosta

J A Foster, Heart of Oak, Methuen, 1985
The Venosta was built as a steam trawler in Scotland in 1917 and served as a minesweeper in the Royal Navy during World War 1. During the 1920s she fished out of Halifax where she played a bit part on the story of insulin. At the beginning of the war, the navy was desperate for ships, she was commissioned into the Royal Canadian Navy as a boom gate vessel and auxiliary minesweeper at Halifax. Her service was short, she was decommissioned on 22 January 1942. Sold postwar, she went back to work as a trawler and went through several owners. She was scrapped in 1972.

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