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I photographed this Minesweeper moored on Treasure Island in San Francisco Bay on the 21st August 2002, does anyone have any idea as to her identity/history?
 

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Not A Ton....

Hi Guys,

Sorry, but this one isn't a Ton class (Different funnel and hull shape). She is a former Canadian Bay Class minesweeper. 14 were built in the 1950s and were redesignated patrol vessels in 1972. Several were sold into private service but the only one that I can remember off the top of my head was the former HMCS Cowichan. Hope this helps,

Steve C
 

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Hi Steve
I am sure you are right and that she is a Bay Class. The Canadians still had six in service in the mid 90s, as training ships and patrol boats. I suspect that they were replaced by the new Kingston Class MCDV.
 

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This thread was started a long time ago, but the minesweeper in question is ex-HMCS Chaleur PB/PFL 164. Sold out of the Navy in the mid-90's she has passed through a number of hands and is, I believe, up for sale again.

Edit: I see she is now on Ebay 09/05/2016
 

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The ship was for sale via French Creek boat brokers (Now Pacific Boat Brokers) for several years It went for less than $100,000 US. The engines have stainless steel blocks and heads to deter magnetic mines.
For those that never owned a really big wood boat, proper maintenance is beyond all but the very rich. Most of these pass from dreamer to dreamer, never getting a haul out and eventually sinking at the dock.
 
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