P.V. type minesweeping trawler

P.V. type minesweeping trawler
Class overview
Built: 1903–1912
In service: 1917–1919
Active: 7
General characteristics
Type: Minesweeper/Naval trawler
Displacement: 247–390 tons
(Varied between each ship)
Length: 126 ft (38 m)–155.5 ft (47.4 m)
(Varied between each ship)
Beam: 22.3 ft (6.8 m)–24.1 ft (7.3 m)
(Varied between each ship)
Draught: 9.2 ft (2.8 m)–13 ft (4.0 m)
(Varied between each ship)
Speed: 8 knots (9.2 mph; 15 km/h)–11 knots (13 mph; 20 km/h)
(Varied between each ship)
Armament: 1 X QF 12-pounder (76-mm) gun

HMCS PV I-VII were Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) minesweeping trawlers built before the First World War in the United States.


Origin of P.V. Class Minesweepers

The P.V. Class of Minesweepers were built as Menhaden trawlers. These ships were purchased in the United States and built in Connecticut, Maine, and Massachusetts. A total of 7 were acquired and numbered I through VII. Prior to service in the RCN, these trawlers were used in Atlantic Menhaden fishery.

Royal Canadian Navy Service

HMCS P.V. I - VII were purchased and armed by the RCN to form a flotilla of already built ships capable of being minesweepers. They were based out of Sydney, Nova Scotia, and saw service as Minesweeper Patrol Boats from March, 1917 - April, 1919. In 1919 the class was decommissioned, disarmed, sold, and returned to their former occupation as Menhaden Trawlers.

Original Names Prior to Commissioning

  • P.V. I   William B. Murray
  • P.V. II   Amagansett
  • P.V. III   Herbert N. Edwards
  • P.V. IV   Martin J. Marran
  • P.V. V   Rollin E. Mason
  • P.V. VI   Leander Wilcox
  • P.V. VII   Rowland H. Wilcox


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