The Ship’s Wheel of the former HMCS Porte de la Reine.

by John MacFarlane 2016

I was contacted by Aleksandr Zhuravel in 2015 informing me that he had the ship’s wheel from the former HMCS Porte de la Reine.

Porte de la Reine

Ship’s wheel salvaged from the former HMCS Porte de la Reine. Note that the turk’shead on the wheel spoke to mark midship position of the rudder is no longer present. (Photo from the Aleksandr Zhuravel collection. )

The Porte de la Reine served in the Royal Canadian Navy in 1952 & 1966–1996. These small vessels, based on a trawler design, were originally intended to be capable of opening and closing anti–submarine nets at the entrance to strategic harbours.

HMCS Porte de la Reine (YMG.184) was built in 1952 at Victoria BC by Victoria Machinery Depot Ltd. with dimensions of 125.5’ x 26.3’ x 13’ steel hull. She was powered by a Dominion Alco inline six diesel, with Vulcan fluid coupling, reduction gear box, single screw.

She was sold in 1996. HMCS Porte de la Reine was renamed as Porte de la Reine. She was sold to an owner in Puget Sound, Washington (VIN CG058347 recreational classification). She does not appear to be registered in 2012. The last official report of her on the internet and other sources was at Seattle WA USA in 2000. An attempt to rebuild these vessels into pocket cruise ships failed and they have become derelicts in the Puget Sound area as the following images show.

Porte de la Reine

HMCS Porte de la Reine as hundreds of naval reservists would remember her. (Photo from the Aleksandr Zhuravel collection. )

Porte de la Reine

The former HMCS Porte de la Reine in Puget Sound Washington.(Photo from the Aleksandr Zhuravel collection. )

Porte de la Reine

The former HMCS Porte de la Reine in Puget Sound Washington.(Photo from the Aleksandr Zhuravel collection. )

Porte de la Reine

The former HMCS Porte de la Reine in Puget Sound Washington.(Photo from the Aleksandr Zhuravel collection. )



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MacFarlane, John (2016) The Ship’s Wheel of the former HMCS Porte de la Reine. Nauticapedia.ca 2016. http://nauticapedia.ca/Gallery/Porte_dela_Reine.php

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