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History of the Canadian Navy from their participation in the Second World War to the present day. Histories of the Aircraft Carriers, cruisers, corvettes and other fighting ships of the Royal Canadian Navy.

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HMCS Naniamo

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HMCS Chicoutimi

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HMCS Labrador.  Commissioned into the Canadian Navy as an Arctic Patrol vessel (pennant 500 on 8th July 1954.  Paid off on 22nd November 1957 and transferred to the Coast Guard in 1958.  First ship to circumnavigate North America in 1954, transiting the Northwest Passage and back to Halifax through the Panama Canal, commanded by Captain "Long Robbie" Robertson.  -  Many thanks to Carl Proctor

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The crew of HMCS Niobe 

The two Canadian submarines, CH14 and in the background CH15.  Both possibly built in Montreal from the Bethlehem design.  Image Carl Proctor

Peter Miller suggests. Originally built for the Chilean Navy, at Seattle Washington Dockyard, they were seen by The premier of British Columbia Mr Richard McBride who subsequently purchased the submarines for the Royal; Canadian navy.

RCN Saguenay D.79  Built By Thornycroft and launched 11th July 1930,  in November 1942, she was badly damaged in a collision with the SS Azara off Newfoundland and was a total loss,  used for training, before being sold for scrap in April 1946.

 

RCN Skeena D.59  Built by Thornycroft and launched 10th October 1930,  she was grounded of the coast of Iceland 25th October 1944, salved and scrapped in 1946.

Royal Canadian Navy ship HMCS Rainbow at Vancouver, British Columbia c.1910.

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Royal Canadian Navy Corvettes

  • HMCS  Agassiz
  • HMCS  Alberni
  • HMCS  Algoma
  • HMCS  Amherst
  • HMCS  Arrowhead
  • HMCS  Arvida
  • HMCS  Baddeck
  • HMCS  Wetaskiwin
  • HMCS   Barrie
  • HMCS   Battleford
  • HMCS   Brandon
  • HMCS   Brantford
  • HMCS   Buctouche
  • HMCS   Calgary
  • HMCS   Camrose
  • HMCS   Chambly
  • HMCS   Charlottetown
  • HMCS   Chicoutimi
  • HMCS   Chilliwack
  • HMCS   Cobalt
  • HMCS   Collingwood
  • HMCS   Dauphin
  • HMCS   Dawson
  • HMCS   Morden
  • HMCS   Nanaimo
  • HMCS   Napanee
  • HMCS   New Westminster
  • HMCS   Oakville
  • HMCS   Orillia
  • HMCS   Pictou
  • HMCS   Prescott
  • HMCS   Ville de Quebec
  • HMCS   Quesnell
  • HMCS   Regina
  • HMCS   Rimouski
  • HMCS   Rosthern
  •  HMCS  Sackville
  •  HMCS  Saskatoon
  •  HMCS  Shawinigan
  •  HMCS  Shediac
  •  HMCS  Sherbrooke
  •  HMCS  Snowberry
  •  HMCS  Sorel
  •  HMCS  Spikenard
  •  HMCS  Sudbury
  •  HMCS  Summerside
  •  HMCS  The Pas
  •  HMCS  Timmins
  •  HMCS  Trail
  •  HMCS  Trillium
  •  HMCS  Kitchener
  •  HMCS  Weyburn
  •  HMCS  Windflower
  •  HMCS  Woodstock

HMCS Trentonian, February 1944.

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HMCS Willowherb, 1943.

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HMCS Stellarton, November 1944.

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HMCS Linaria, 1943.

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HMCS Cobourg, August 1944.

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HMCS Drumheller, February 1944.

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HMCS Eyebright, October 1944.

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HMCS Sherbrooke, September 1944.

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HMCS Kitchener, February 1944.

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HMCS Sorel, April 1944.

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Flower Class Corvette Kenogami K-125, sent in by Bill Logan.

Castle Class Corvette Kincardine K-490, sent in by Bill Logan

Castle Class Corvette Kincardine K-490, sent in by Bill Logan, whose father served on Kincardine in 1945.

The Crew of HMCS Chilliwack, 1944.   Thanks to Scott McMurdo.

HMCS WETASKIWIN

Information sent in by Elmer Shideler.  My brother -- Ralph L. Shideler, of St. John, Nb, Canada -- served the entire World War 2 in the R.C.N.  For the most time he was on the Barber Pole run on convoy duty.  In the last days of the war, his ship was on the Murmansk Run.  There were 6 ships in this special little group.  They were as follows;  HMCS Galt, HMCS Agassiz, HMCS Sackville, HMCS Saguenay, HMCS Skeena and HMCS Wetaskiwin, the latter being the only one my brother served on.  Her nick-name was the Wet Ass Queen and she had a picture of the Queen of Hearts sitting in a pool of water, -- painted on the forward side of the bridge.  Her number was K175.  (The town of Wetaskiwin is in Alberta, Canada)

Canadian Naval Losses During World War II - information provided by Claude Raine.

Type of Ship Name of Ship Date of Loss Reason for Loss
River Class Destroyer HMCS FRASER June 25th, 1940 Lost in a collision with the British cruiser CALCUTTA, while participating in the evacuation of France. 47 men lost.
Flower Class Corvette HMCS LEVIS September 19th, 1940 Torpedoed by U74, 120 miles off Cape Farewell Greenland, resulting in 18 lives lost.
Auxiliary Trawler, Minesweeper HMCS BRAS D'OR October 19th, 1940 While keeping the Romanian freighter "Ingener N. Vlassopol" under surveillance in the Gulf of St Lawrence, the minesweeper disappeared. Her last know position was 40 20N - 063 50W, near Anticosti Island. Her entire ship's company of 30 men were lost.
River Class Destroyer HMCS MARGAREE October 22nd, 1940 Lost in the North Atlantic, after collision with the freighter PORT FAIRY, while escorting the five ship convoy OL.8. 142 of her ship's company were lost, many of which were survivor's of FRASER's tragic sinking.
Armed Yacht HMCS OTTER March 26th, 1941 Destroyed by an accidental explosion and fire, off Halifax. Two Officers and 17 men were lost.
Flower Class Corvette HMCS WINDFLOWER December 7th, 1941 While escorting convoy SC.58, she was rammed by Dutch freighter Zypenberg in dense fog off the Grand Banks. She was sunk, and 23 of her ship's company were lost.
Flower Class Corvette HMCS SPIKENARD February 10th, 1942 Torpedoed and sunk by U136, south of Iceland, while escorting convoy SC.67. There were only eight survivors.
Flower Class Corvette   HMCS CHARLOTTETOWN September 11th, 1942 Torpedoed and sunk in the St. Lawrence, near Cap Chat Quebec, by U517. She had just delivered a convoy to Rimouski and was returning to Gaspe. Nine of her ship's company were lost.
Armed Yacht HMCS RACCOON September 7th, 1942 Torpedoed and sunk by U 165, while escorting convoy QS.33 in the St. Lawrence River. There were no survivors.
River Class Destroyer HMCS OTTAWA September 13th , 1942 Sunk by U91 in the North Atlantic, while escorting convoy ON.127. Lost at about 2330 on 13th September, 1942 due to enemy action being hit by two torpedoes. 114 of her Ship's Company lost.
Flower Class Corvette HMCS LOUISBURG February 6th, 1943 Attacked and sunk by Italian aircraft east of Oran, while escorting a convoy from Gibraltar to Bone, Algeria. 38 of her ship's company were lost.
Flower Class Corvette HMCS WEYBURN February 22nd, 1943 Lost to a mine off Gibraltar. Seven of her ship's company were lost.
Town Class Destroyer HMCS ST. CROIX September 20th, 1943 Torpedoed and sunk by U305, south of Iceland, while escorting convoy ON.202. Five officers and 76 men were rescued by HMS ITCHEN, but only one of these survived the loss of the ITCHEN two days later.
Bangor Class Minesweeper HMCS CHEDABUCTO October 21st, 1943 Sunk after night collision with the cable vessel LORD KELVIN, 30 miles from Rimouski, Quebec. One officer was lost.
Tribal Class Destroyer HMCS ATHABASKAN April 29th, 1944 Sunk by a torpedo from German torpedo boat T24, while operating in the English Channel. Her captain and 128 men were lost, 83 taken prisoner and 44 men rescued by   HMCS HAIDA.
River Class Frigate HMCS VALLEYFIELD May 7th, 1944 Torpedoed and sunk by U548, 50 miles south of Cape Race, Newfoundland. 125 of her ship's company lost.
Motor Torpedo Boat  MTB 460 July 1st, 1944 Lost to a mine in the English Channel. The commanding officer and 9 men were lost.
Motor Torpedo Boat  MTB 463 July 7th, 1944 Lost to a mine in the English Channel. No crew was lost, although 5 men were wounded.
Flower Class Corvette HMCS REGINA August 8th, 1944 Torpedoed and sunk by U667, off Trevose Head, Cornwall, England. Thirty of her ship's company were lost.
Flower Class Corvette HMCS ALBERNI August 21st, 1944 Torpedoed and sunk by U480, southeast of the Isle of Wight. 59 of her ship's company were lost.
River Class Destroyer HMCS SKEENA October 25th, 1944 Wrecked in a storm, and grounded near Reykjavik, Iceland.
Flower Class Corvette HMCS SHAWINIGAN November 25th, 1944 While on independent anti-submarine patrol in the Cabot Strait, she was torpedoed and sunk by U1228. All hands were lost.
BANGOR Class Minesweeper HMCS CLAYOQUOT December 24th, 1944 Torpedoed and sunk while taking station on convoy XB.139, in the approaches to Halifax harbour. Sunk by U806. Eight of her crew were lost.
Motor Torpedo Boat MTB459 February 14th, 1945 Five MTBs were lost to a tragic fire while alongside at Ostend, Belgium. Twenty-eight Canadian sailors were lost.
Motor Torpedo Boat MTB461 February 14th, 1945 Five MTBs were lost to a tragic fire while alongside at Ostend, Belgium. Twenty-eight Canadian sailors were lost.
Motor Torpedo Boat MTB462 February 14th, 1945 Five MTBs were lost to a tragic fire while alongside at Ostend, Belgium. Twenty-eight Canadian sailors were lost.
Motor Torpedo Boat MTB465 February 14th, 1945 Five MTBs were lost to a tragic fire while alongside at Ostend, Belgium. Twenty-eight Canadian sailors were lost.
Motor Torpedo Boat MTB466 February 14th, 1945 Five MTBs were lost to a tragic fire while alongside at Ostend, Belgium. Twenty-eight Canadian sailors were lost.
Flower Class Corvette HMCS TRENTONIAN February 22nd, 1945 Torpedoed and sunk by U1004 near Falmouth, England. Six of her ship's company were lost.
BANGOR Class Minesweeper HMCS GUYSBOROUGH March 17th, 1945 Torpedoed and sunk by U878 in the English Channel off Ushant. Fifty-one of her ship's company were lost.
BANGOR Class Minesweeper HMCS ESQUIMALT April 16th, 1945 Torpedoed and sunk by U190, five miles off Chebucto Head, near Halifax. Forty-four of her ship's company were lost.

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