ALGERINE Class Minesweepers - Radio Fit

GENERAL
The following excerpt from The Ships of Canada's Naval Forces 1910-2002 provides a brief description of the Algerine Class minesweeper.
"The Bangor class of minesweeping ships were bluff-bowed ships, very wet in a head sea, and arguably less comfortable even than corvettes in rough weather. These faults were eliminated in the Algerine class, all twelve of the RCN units of which were built at Port Arthur. They were intended by the RCN as convoy escorts, hence not fitted with minesweeping gear [1].

Although they were larger than corvettes, the latter outperformed them as ocean escorts, the Algerines finding particular favour as Senior Officers' ships in Western Local groups. Most found employment for many years after the war on hydrographic survey duties or as training ships for reservists. Forty-one Aglerines were built at Toronto and eleven at Port Arthur for the RN". Twelve Algerines were built for the RCN.

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Here, HMCS Wallaceburg is representing the Algerine class. (Photo courtesy Naval Museum of Alberta) 

 
VITAL STATISTICS
Length: 225 feet Beam: 35 feet
Draught: 8 ft 6in.  Displacement : 990 tons
Top Speed: 16 knots Crew: 8 officers and 19 men.
Armament: One 4" gun; four 20mm Oerlikon; Hedgehog Programs: 12 built for RCN; 96 built for Royal Navy
RADIO FIT - WWII ERA
The undated table below is a generalization of an Algerine's radio fit based on data provided by Alan Riley an ex-RCN WWII era Sparker. It shows some transmitting capability which the 1945 table below it lacks but the 1945 table shows more details.
 
TYPE
DESCRIPTION
QUANTITY
CM11 LF/HF Transmitter - Receiver
FR12 LF/HF Transmitter - Receiver 
HT-11 HF Radiotelephone 1 *
FH-3 HFDF 1
MDF-5 MFDF
PV-500 HM HF Transmitter
TBS VHF Transmitter/Receiver

* Only fitted in the group leader.
 

 
RADAR

The Algerine class were fitted with the Type 271 radar on-build. Additional details can be found here. Later in the war, the Canadian developed 268 surface search and navigational radar (3cm) was installed on Algerine class minesweepers [2].

ASDIC

At this time, it is not known what model of ASDIC was fitted on these vessels.

THE ALGERINE CLASS MINESWEEPERS AFTER WORLD WAR II

Spud Roscoe provides this summary of what happened to the Algerines after WWII. "The Navy retained nine of the twelve Algerine Class Minesweepers sometimes referred to as Escort Vessels.  MIDDLESEX was lost shortly after the war when she ran aground on Shut In Island, just to the east of the approaches to Halifax on December 2nd, 1946. The Navy removed all they could and left the rest to the fate of the elements.

FORT FRANCES and NEW LISKEARD also served other government departments such as the Department of Transport and Department of the Environment. Naturally they had to have a different call sign while serving in that capacity. FORT FRANCES was CGCK and NEW LISKEARD was CGCF.

The nine Algerines retained are listed below along with their voice call signs.

168 CZJR NEW LISKEARD    "Extort E"
169 CYVX PORTAGE         "Assort W"
170 CGKP FORT FRANCES    "Equal N"
171 CYZV KAPUSKASING     "Menu K"
172 CYVZ WALLACEBURG     "Barmaid A"
173 CGJB ROCKCLIFFE      "Cabot L"
174 CYZG OSHAWA          "Barmaid X"
176 CYVS SAULT STE MARIE "Jigger P"
177 CYVT WINNIPEG        "Inlet W"

HMCS FORT FRANCES was assigned call sign CZJQ for a short time after the war".

The radio fit data in the tables below was extracted from BR 299, a Royal Navy publication dated 1947. Photos and specs for some of this equipment can be found in this document  Any numeric suffixes which appear for American made equipment, denote the procurement contract number. A TBL-4 is identical to a TBL-12  but was made on perhaps a under a different contract number or even a different contractor.

FORT FRANCIS (as J396, 1944 to 1946) 
Main Office PV500HM - HF transmitter; 3 to 18 MHz , CW/MCW, 500 watts.
2 x FR12 - Low power transmitter/receiver. CW/MCW/Phone, 15 watts on CW.
2 x CM11 - LF/HF transmitter/receiver. CW/MCW/Phone,CW/MCW/Phone, 100 watts on CW.
TBS - Low power transmitter/receiver. CW/MCW/Phone, 15 watts on CW.
MSL5 - LF receiver, 15 KHz to 1550 or 1775 KHz.
2 x CSR5 - LF/MF/HF receiver. 80 KHz to 30 MHz No broadcast band.
MDF5 - MFDF outfit; 265 to 670 KHz.
FH3/CSR5 - HFDF outfit 670 KHz to 20 MHz. Using CSR5 as the intercept receiver.
Aerial Outfit APU - Aerial outfit for TBS
Miscellaneous Nothing noted.

 
KAPUUSKASING (as J326, 1944 to 1946)
Main Office PV500HM - HF transmitter; 3 to 18 MHz , CW/MCW, 500 watts.
FR12 - Low power transmitter/receiver. CW/MCW/Phone, 15 watts on CW.
2 x CM11 - LF/HF transmitter/receiver. CW/MCW/Phone,CW/MCW/Phone, 100 watts on CW.
TBS - Low power transmitter/receiver. CW/MCW/Phone, 15 watts on CW.
MSL5 - LF receiver, 15 KHz to 1550 or 1775 KHz.
2 x CSR5 - LF/MF/HF receiver. 80 KHz to 30 MHz No broadcast band.
MDF5 - MFDF outfit; 265 to 670 KHz.
FH3 /CSR5 - HFDF outfit 670 KHz to 20 MHz. Using CSR5 as the intercept receiver.
Aerial Outfit APU - Aerial outfit for TBS
Miscellaneous Nothing noted.

 
NEW LISKEARD (as J397F37, 1944 to 1949) 
Main Office PV500HM - HF transmitter; 3 to 18 MHz , CW/MCW, 500 watts.
2 x FR12 - Low power transmitter/receiver. CW/MCW/Phone, 15 watts on CW.
2 x CM11 - LF/HF transmitter/receiver. CW/MCW/Phone,CW/MCW/Phone, 100 watts on CW.
TBS - Low power transmitter/receiver. CW/MCW/Phone, 15 watts on CW.
MSL5 - LF receiver, 15 KHz to 1550 or 1775 KHz.
2 x CSR5 - LF/MF/HF receiver. 80 KHz to 30 MHz No broadcast band.
MDF5 - MFDF outfit; 265 to 670 KHz.
FH3/CSR5 - HFDF outfit 670 KHz to 20 MHz. Using CSR5 as the intercept receiver.
Aerial Outfit APU - Aerial outfit for TBS
Miscellaneous Nothing noted. 

 
OSHAWA (as J330, 1944 to 1946)
Main Office PV500HM - HF transmitter; 3 to 18 MHz , CW/MCW, 500 watts.
PV500LM - LF transmitter 100 to 500 KHz, CW/MCW, 500 watts.
FR12 - Low power transmitter/receiver. CW/MCW/Phone, 15 watts on CW.
HT11 - HF radiotelephone.  Frequency range : Receive - 550 KHz to 1700 KHz and 2000 to 3000 kHz. Transmit - 2000 to 3000 kHz.
TBS - Low power transmitter/receiver. CW/MCW/Phone, 15 watts on CW.
MSL5 - LF receiver, 15 KHz to 1550 or 1775 KHz.
2 x CSR5 - LF/MF/HF receiver. 80 KHz to 30 MHz No broadcast band.
MDF5 - MFDF outfit; 265 to 670 KHz.
FH3/CSR5 - HFDF outfit 670 KHz to 20 MHz. Using CSR5 as the intercept receiver.
Aerial Outfit APU - Aerial outfit for TBS
Miscellaneous Nothing noted.

 
PORTAGE (as J331/F31, 1944 to 1946)
Main Office PV500HM - HF transmitter; 3 to 18 MHz , CW/MCW, 500 watts.
PV500LM - LF transmitter 100 to 500 KHz, CW/MCW, 500 watts.
2 x FR12 - Low power transmitter/receiver. CW/MCW/Phone, 15 watts on CW.
CM11 - LF/HF transmitter/receiver. CW/MCW/Phone,CW/MCW/Phone, 100 watts on CW.
TBS - Low power transmitter/receiver. CW/MCW/Phone, 15 watts on CW.
MSL5 - LF receiver, 15 KHz to 1550 or 1775 KHz.
2 x CSR5 - LF/MF/HF receiver. 80 KHz to 30 MHz No broadcast band.
MDF5 - MFDF outfit; 265 to 670 KHz.
FH3/CSR5 - HFDF outfit 670 KHz to 20 MHz. Using CSR5 as the intercept receiver.
Aerial Outfit APU -  - Aerial outfit for TBS
Miscellaneous Nothing noted. 

 
ROCKLIFFE (as 
Main Office PV500HM - HF transmitter; 3 to 18 MHz , CW/MCW, 500 watts.
FR12 - Low power transmitter/receiver. CW/MCW/Phone, 15 watts on CW.
2 x CM11 - LF/HF transmitter/receiver. CW/MCW/Phone,CW/MCW/Phone, 100 watts on CW.
HT11 - HF radiotelephone.  Frequency range : Receive - 550 KHz to 1700 KHz and 2000 to 3000 kHz. Transmit - 2000 to 3000 kHz.
TBS - Low power transmitter/receiver. CW/MCW/Phone, 15 watts on CW.
MSL5 - LF receiver, 15 KHz to 1550 or 1775 KHz.
2 x CSR5 - LF/MF/HF receiver. 80 KHz to 30 MHz No broadcast band.
MDF5 - MFDF outfit; 265 to 670 KHz.
FH3/CSR5 - HFDF outfit 670 KHz to 20 MHz. Using CSR5 as the intercept receiver.
Aerial Outfit APU - Aerial outfit for TBS
Miscellaneous Nothing noted.

 
 
SAULT STE. MARIE (as J334, 1943 to 1946)
Main Office PV500HM - HF transmitter; 3 to 18 MHz , CW/MCW, 500 watts.
PV500LM - LF transmitter 100 to 500 KHz, CW/MCW, 500 watts.
FR12 - Low power transmitter/receiver. CW/MCW/Phone, 15 watts on CW.
CM11 - LF/HF transmitter/receiver. CW/MCW/Phone,CW/MCW/Phone, 100 watts on CW.
HT11 - HF radiotelephone.  Frequency range : Receive - 550 KHz to 1700 KHz and 2000 to 3000 kHz. Transmit - 2000 to 3000 kHz.
TBS - Low power transmitter/receiver. CW/MCW/Phone, 15 watts on CW.
MSL5 - LF receiver, 15 KHz to 1550 or 1775 KHz.
2 x CSR5 - LF/MF/HF receiver. 80 KHz to 30 MHz No broadcast band.
MDF5 - MFDF outfit; 265 to 670 KHz.
FH3/CSR5 - HFDF outfit 670 KHz to 20 MHz. Using CSR5 as the intercept receiver.
 
Aerial Outfit APU -  - Aerial outfit for TBS
Miscellaneous Nothing noted.

 
WALLACEBURG (as J336, 1943 to 1946)
Main Office PV500HM - HF transmitter; 3 to 18 MHz , CW/MCW, 500 watts.
PV500LM - LF transmitter 100 to 500 KHz, CW/MCW, 500 watts.
FR12 - Low power transmitter/receiver. CW/MCW/Phone, 15 watts on CW.
HT11 - HF radiotelephone.  Frequency range : Receive - 550 KHz to 1700 KHz and 2000 to 3000 kHz. Transmit - 2000 to 3000 kHz.
TW12 - 375 to 500 KHz; 1200 to 3000 KHz; 
Modes: CW/MCW/RT . More info here
MSL5 - LF receiver, 15 KHz to 1550 or 1775 KHz.
2 x CSR5 - LF/MF/HF receiver. 80 KHz to 30 MHz No broadcast band.
MDF5 - MFDF outfit; 265 to 670 KHz.
FH3/CSR5 - HFDF outfit 670 KHz to 20 MHz. Using CSR5 as the intercept receiver.
Aerial Outfit Nothing noted.
Miscellaneous Nothing noted.

 
WINNIPEG (as J337, 1943 to 1946)
Main Office PV500HM - HF transmitter; 3 to 18 MHz , CW/MCW, 500 watts.
PV500LM - LF transmitter 100 to 500 KHz, CW/MCW, 500 watts.
FR12 - Low power transmitter/receiver. CW/MCW/Phone, 15 watts on CW.
CM11 - LF/HF transmitter/receiver. CW/MCW/Phone,CW/MCW/Phone, 100 watts on CW.
HT11 - HF radiotelephone.  Frequency range : Receive - 550 KHz to 1700 KHz and 2000 to 3000 kHz. Transmit - 2000 to 3000 kHz.
TBS - Low power transmitter/receiver. CW/MCW/Phone, 15 watts on CW.
MSL5 - LF receiver, 15 KHz to 1550 or 1775 KHz.
2 x CSR5 -  LF/MF/HF receiver. 80 KHz to 30 MHz No broadcast band.
MDF5 - MFDF outfit; 265 to 670 KHz.
FH3/CSR5 - HFDF outfit 670 KHz to 20 MHz. Using CSR5 as the intercept receiver.
Aerial Outfit Nothing noted.
Nothing noted.
Miscellaneous
 
NOTES:

[1] Jim McAlister indicates that in a post war configuration, a photo of HMCS Wallaceburg in drydock shows the reinforced stern and the sweeping gear. This gear was fitted for training purposes and was only installed for a short period of time and was the only Algerine so equipped.

[2] From the reference material, it's not clear if the author was referring to RCN or RN Algerines. Because the 268 was Canadian developed, it's assumed that it saw service aboard RCN Algerines hence the reason for listing it.



Contributors and Credits:

1)  Ships of Canada's Naval Forces (1910-2001) by Ken Macpherson and Ron Barrie. Vanwell Publishing 2002.
2) Spud Roscoe <spudroscoe(at)eastlink.ca>
3) Alan Riley WWII Telegraphist, Toronto Ont.
4) James McAlister" <themcalisters(at)sympatico.ca>
5)  Clive Kidd, Collingwood Heritage Museum <cjckidd(at)waitrose.com>
6) BR299  dated 1947, Royal Navy,
7) Canadian Warship Names by David Freeman. Vanwell Publishing , St. Catharines , Ont.2000
 
 

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