La Dieppoise - P 655

New Caledonia,Asia

HMCS Chaleur was a Bay class minesweeper laid down by Port Arthur Shipbuilding Company in June 1951. She was launched in June 1952 and commissioned two years later. She served for the Canadian Navy for three months before she was sold to the French Navy and renamed La Dieppoise. She served as a minesweeper in New Caledonia until 1973 when she was rigged down to a patrol boat. She was decommissioned from the French Navy in July 1987. She was deliberately scuttled as a diving attraction 12. January 1988. She rest today standing on her keel like a classic Donald Duck wreck on a depth of 5 to 25 meter north of Tabou reef outside Noumea.

Former names:
La Dieppoise - P 655
HMCS Chaleur- MCB 144, P 665 152,0 x 28,0 x 8,0 f
Tons: Built: Home Port:
370 displ ( std )
Ontario ( CA ) 1952
Noumea ( F )
22° 29' 10 S" 166° 26' 40 E
( Source: New Caledonia Diving )

Picture: HMSC Chaleur in 1954
Courtesy of Government of Canada, Public domain

Last updated: February 2021