Military History Books
by Harold A. Skaarup   www.SilverHawkAuthor.com   
 
Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) 1931-1940, Armed Trawlers, Yachts (Q, S and Z Class), Patrol and Torpedo Boats, Fisherman's Reserve, Auxiliaries, Examination and Training Vessels

RCN 1931–1949, Armed Trawlers,

Yachts (Q, S and Z Class), Patrol and Torpedo Boats, Fisherman's Reserve, Auxiliaries, Examination and Training Vessels,

Data current to 17 May 2020.

Armed trawlers, Isles Class

HMCS Anticosti (T274) (Isles class); HMCS Baffin (T275) (Isles class); HMCS Cailiff (T276) (Isles class); HMCS Ironbound (T284) (Isles class); HMCS Liscomb (T285) (Isles class); HMCS Magdalen (T279) (Isles class); HMCS Manitoulin (T280) (Isles class); HMCS Miscou (T277) (Isles class)

HMCS Anticosti (T274) 

 (DND Photo)

HMCS Anticosti (T274) (Isles class).  Built at Collingwood, Ontario for the RN, she was commissioned on 10 Aug 1942 as HMS Anticosti.  She was loaned to the RCN, though never commissioned in the RCN; and was manned by RN personnel.  She was returned to the RN at Plymouth and paid off on 17 Jun 1945.

HMCS Baffin (T275)

 (DND Photo)

HMCS Baffin (T275) (Isles class).  Built at Collingwood, Ont. for the RN, she was commissioned on 26 Aug 1942 as HMS Baffin.  She was loaned to the RCN, though never commissioned in the RCN; and was manned by RN personnel.  She was engaged in minesweeping duties out of Halifax, Nova Scotia.  She was decommissioned and returned to the Royal Navy on 20 Aug 1945 . In 1947 she was sold for commercial use under the same name, becoming Niedermehnen in 1952. Subsequently named Kellenhusen, Kairos and Theoxenia, she was scrapped in 1983.

HMCS Cailiff (T276)

 (DND Photo)

HMCS Cailiff (T276) (Isles class)

HMCS Ironbound (T284)

 (DND Photo)

HMCS Ironbound (T284) (Isles class).  Built at Collingwood, Ontario for the RN, she was commissioned on 16 Oct 1942 as HMS Ironbound.  She was loaned to the RCN, though never commissioned in the RCN; and was manned by RN personnel.  Returned to the RN at Plymouth and paid off on 17 Jun 1945 . Sold to civilian use 19 Mar 1946.

HMCS Liscomb (T285) 

 (DND Photo)

HMCS Liscomb (T285) (Isles class).  Built for the RN at Kingston, Ont., she was commissioned on 08 Sep 1942 as HMS Liscomb.  She was loaned to the RCN, though never commissioned into the RCN; and was manned by RN personnel.  Returned to the RN at Plymouth and paid off on 17 Jun 1945.  Later sold in 1946 to Norwegian interests and renamed Aalesund.

HMCS Magdalen (T279) 

 (DND Photo)

HMCS Magdalen (T279) (Isles class).  Originally built for the RN, she was commissioned as HMS Magdalen on 24 Aug 1942.  She was loaned to the RCN, though never commissioned into the RCN; and was manned by RN personnel.  Returned to the RN and paid off on 17 Jun 1945.  She was sold to civilian use on 2 Jul 1946.

HMCS Manitoulin (T280)

 (DND Photo)

HMCS Manitoulin (T280) (Iles class).  Built at Midland, Ontario for the RN, she was commissioned on 28 Sep 1942 as HMS Manitoulin.  She was loaned to the RCN, though never commissioned in the RCN; and was manned by RN personnel.  She arrived at Halifax on 04 Apr 1943 to join the Halifax Local Defence Force.  Returned to the RN at Plymouth and paid off on 17 Jun 1945, she was later sold for civilian use.

HMCS Miscou (T277)

 (Dan Clermont Photo) 

HMCS Miscou (T277) (Isles class).  Built for the RN, she was commissioned on 17 Oct 1942 as HMS Miscou.  She was loaned to the RCN, though never commissioned into the RCN; and was manned by RN personnel.  Prior to being commissioned as HMS Miscou, she had the names HMS Campenia and HMS Bowell.   She was returned to the RN at Plymouth and paid off on 17 Jun 1945.  Sold to Bergen in 1946 and renamed Cleveland (converted to motor vessel), purchased by Nordlandslinjen in 1950 and renamed Sigurd Hund.  Sold to Ålesund in 1963, renamed Vestfar the following year, then Hans Hansen in 1971 for owners in the Faroe Islands.  Sold for breaking up in 1974.

Armed Yachts

HMCS Ambler (Q11); HMCS Beaver (S10); HMCS Caribou (S12); HMCS Cougar (Z15); HMCS Elk (S05); HMCS Grizzly (Z14); HMCS Husky (S06); HMCS Lynx (Z07); HMCS Moose (Z14); HMCS Otter; HMCS Raccoon; HMCS Reindeer (S08); HMCS Renard (S13); HMCS Sans Peur (Z02); HMCS Vison (S11); HMCS Wolf (Z16).

HMCS Ambler (Q11)

(RCN Photo)

HMCS Ambler (Q11).

 (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3589808)

HMCS Ambler (Q11).

HMCS Cougar (Z15)

 (DND Photo)

HMCS Cougar (Z15), Strait of Juan de Fuca, 1 Dec 1940.

 (DND Photo)

HMCS Cougar (Z15).

HMCS Elk (S05).

(RCN Photo)

HMCS Elk (S05).

HMCS Otter

 (RCN  Photo)

HMCS Otter.  Lost in a fire, sinking off Halifax on 26 Nov 1941.

 (DND Photo)

Renard (S13), later Z13 during the Second World War.

Auxiliary Vessels

HMCS Adversus (auxiliary); HMCS Alachasse (auxiliary); HMCS Andrée Dupré (auxiliary); HMCS Bras d’Or (auxiliary minesweeper); HMCS Cedarwood (auxiliary); HMCS Dundalk (auxiliary); HMCS Dundurn (auxiliary); HMCS Eastmore (auxiliary); HMCS Fleur de Lis (auxiliary); HMCS French (auxiliary); HMCS Jalobert (auxiliary); HMCS Laurier (auxiliary); HMCS Laymore (auxiliary); HMCS Macdonald (auxiliary); HMCS Macsin (auxiliary); HMCS Marvita (auxiliary); HMCS Mastodon (auxiliary); HMCS Mont Joli (auxiliary); HMCS Moonbeam (auxiliary); HMCS Murray Stewart (auxiliary); HMCS Nitinat (auxiliary); HMCS Norsal (auxiliary); HMCS Preserver (auxiliary); HMCS Provider (auxiliary); HMCS Rayon d’Or (auxiliary); HMCS Reo II (auxiliary); HMCS Ross Norman (auxiliary); HMCS Sankaty (auxiliary); HMCS Shulamite (auxiliary); HMCS Standard Coaster (auxiliary); HMCS Star XVI (auxiliary); HMCS Sunbeam (auxiliary); HMCS Vencedor (auxiliary); HMCS Venosta (auxiliary); HMCS Venture II (auxiliary); HMCS Viernoe (auxiliary); HMCS Whitethroat (auxiliary)

HMCS Adversus

 (RCN Photo)

HMCS Adversus (auxiliary), commissioned 7 Sep 1939, wrecked when she ran aground 20 Dec 1941.  Adversus was a Preventive Service patrol boat transferred to the RCMP in 1932.  She patrolled the North Sydney, Nova Scotia area until 1933 when she was reassigned to the West Coast.  She was the first RCMP vessel to transit the Panama Canal.  In August 1937 she returned to the East Coast and in 1939 was transferred to the Royal Canadian Navy and became HMCS Adversus.  On Dec 20, 1941 she was lost at sea when caught in a blizzard and run aground on McNutts Island near Shelburne, NS.

HMCS Alachasse (Z18)

 (DND Photo)

Alachasse was a Preventive Service patrol boat transferred to the RCMP in 1932.  She was based in Shediac, New Brunswick.  In 1939 Alachasse was transferred to the Royal Canadian Navy and became HMCS Alachasse, with pendant number Z18.  She was declared surplus and turned over to CADC on 3 January 1946.  She was sold to Marine Industries Limited on 15 April 1946 who used her until she was scrapped in 1957.

HMCS Andrée Dupré

 (DND Photo)

HMCS Andrée Dupré.  Originally a Sorel-built naval trawler of the TR class, she was sold for commercial use after the First World War and renamed Napoléon L.  Again renamed and in the hands of Marine Industries Ltd, as a tug, she was taken up by the RCN in 1939 for use as an examination vessel at Halifax.  Sold after the war, she resumed her former occupation as a tug, renamed Remorqueur 16, at Bordeau, France from 1947 to 1956.

Aristocrat (Z46), an ex-RCAF B113, was transferred to the RCN on 12 Feb 1944, for W/T Calibration service.  On 16 Jun 1945 she was still listed as providing W/T Calibration.  She was returned to her owners in 1946.

Attendant (Auxiliary Vessel D2, then Harbourcraft HC 33.  HC 33 was listed as a boom attendant vessel in Sydney, NS.  She entered into service on 6 Jun 1940 and was removed on 14 Sep 1945. 

HMCS Bras d’Or (DND Photo)

HMCS Bras d’Or (auxiliary minesweeper), former lightship No. 25.  The New York ship owner for whom this trawler was ordered at Sorel went bankrupt soon after her launching in 1919, and she and five sisters were sold incomplete.  She was completed in 1926 for service with the Department of Marine and Fisheries as Lightship No. 25.  Requisitioned on 15 Sep 1939 as an auxiliary minesweeper and renamed HMCS Bras d'Or, she patrolled the Halifax approaches from 1939 to 1940.  She joined the St. Lawrence patrol in Jun 1940, based at Rimouski, and on Jun 10 intercepted and seized the Italian freighter Cap Noli.  On the night of 18-19 Oct 1940, while following the Romanian freighter Ingerner N. Vlassopol in the Gulf of St. Lawrence, HMCS Bras d'Or disappeared.  No trace of her or her crew was found.

HMCS Cedarwood (auxiliary)

HMCS Dundalk (auxiliary)

HMCS Dundurn (auxiliary)

HMCS Eastmore (auxiliary)

HMCS Fleur de Lis (auxiliary)

HMCS French (auxiliary)

HMCS Jalobert (auxiliary)

HMCS Laurier (auxiliary)

HMCS Laymore (auxiliary)

HMCS Macdonald (auxiliary)

HMCS Macsin (auxiliary)

HMCS Marvita (auxiliary)

HMCS Mastodon (auxiliary)

HMCS Mont Joli (auxiliary)

HMCS Moonbeam (auxiliary)

HMCS Murray Stewart (auxiliary)

HMCS Nitinat (auxiliary); HMCS Norsal (auxiliary)

HMCS Preserver (auxiliary)

HMCS Provider (auxiliary)

HMCS Rayon d’Or (auxiliary)

HMCS Reo II (auxiliary)

HMCS Ross Norman (auxiliary)

HMCS Sankaty (auxiliary)

 (DND Photo)

Sankaty (a.k.a. HMCS Sankaty, a.k.a. Charles A. Dunning) was a propeller-driven steamer purchased in 1940 for ferry service with Northumberland Ferries of Prince Edward Island, but before begining service she was requisitioned by the RCN for service as a minelayer during the Second World War.  She was commissioned on 24 Sep 1940 at Halifax, where she also served as a maintenance vessel.  After the war ended, she was paid off on 18 Aug 1945.  She was renamed Charles A. Dunning, and served from 1946 until 1964 in the waters between Wood Islands, Prince Edward Island and Caribou, Nova Scotia.  During this period her capacity was twenty-three cars and four trucks.  She was sold for scrap in 1964, but sank en route to Sydney, Nova Scotia on 27 Oct 1964.

(Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3567289)

RCN ratings with a mine aboard the minelaying vessel HMCS Sankaty off Halifax, Nova Scotia, March 1941.

(Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3567291)

RCN ratings with a mine aboard the minelaying vessel HMCS Sankaty off Halifax, Nova Scotia, March 1941.

(Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3567295)

RCN ratings with a mine aboard the minelaying vessel HMCS Sankaty off Halifax, Nova Scotia, March 1941.

HMCS Shulamite (auxiliary)

HMCS Standard Coaster (auxiliary)

HMCS Star XVI (auxiliary)

HMCS Sunbeam (auxiliary)

HMCS Vencedor (auxiliary)

HMCS Venosta (auxiliary)

HMCS Venture II (auxiliary)

HMCS Viernoe (auxiliary)

HMCS Whitethroat (auxiliary)

Fisherman’s Reserve

HMCS Allaverdy (Fisherman’s Reserve); HMCS B.C. Lady (Fisherman’s Reserve); HMCS Barkley Sound (Fisherman’s Reserve); HMCS Billow (Fisherman’s Reserve); HMCS Bluenose (Fisherman’s Reserve); HMCS Camenita (Fisherman’s Reserve); HMCS Canfisco (Fisherman’s Reserve); HMCS Cape Beale (Fisherman’s Reserve); HMCS Cancolim (Fisherman’s Reserve); HMCS Capella (Fisherman’s Reserve); HMCS Chamiss Bay (Fisherman’s Reserve); HMCS Combat (Fisherman’s Reserve); HMCS Comber (Fisherman’s Reserve); HMCS Crest (Fisherman’s Reserve); HMCS Dalehurst (Fisherman’s Reserve); HMCS Departure Bay (Fisherman’s Reserve); HMCS Early Field (Fisherman’s Reserve); HMCS Ehkoli (Fisherman’s Reserve); HMCS Fifer (Fisherman’s Reserve); HMCS Flores (Fisherman’s Reserve); HMCS Foam (Fisherman’s Reserve); HMCS Howe Sound I (Fisherman’s Reserve); HMCS Joan W. II (Fisherman’s Reserve); HMCS Johanna (Fisherman’s Reserve); HMCS Kuitan (Fisherman’s Reserve); HMCS Leelo (Fisherman’s Reserve); HMCS Loyal I (Fisherman’s Reserve); HMCS Loyal II (Fisherman’s Reserve); HMCS Maraudor (Fisherman’s Reserve); HMCS Margaret I (Fisherman’s Reserve); HMCS Meander (Fisherman’s Reserve); HMCS Merry Chase (Fisherman’s Reserve); HMCS Mitchell Bay (Fisherman’s Reserve); HMCS Moolock (Fisherman’s Reserve); HMCS Moresby II (Fisherman’s Reserve); HMCS Nenamook (Fisherman’s Reserve); HMCS Ripple II (Fisherman’s Reserve); HMCS San Tomas (Fisherman’s Reserve); HMCS Santa Maria (Fisherman’s Reserve); HMCS Seiner (Fisherman’s Reserve); HMCS Signal (Fisherman’s Reserve); HMCS Smith Sound(Fisherman’s Reserve); HMCS Spray (Fisherman’s Reserve); HMCS Springtime V (Fisherman’s Reserve); HMCS Stanpoint (Fisherman’s Reserve); HMCS Surf (Fisherman’s Reserve); HMCS Takla (Fisherman’s Reserve); HMCS Talapus (Fisherman’s Reserve); HMCS Tordo (Fisherman’s Reserve); HMCS Valdes (Fisherman’s Reserve); HMCS Vanisle (Fisherman’s Reserve); HMCS West Coast (Fisherman’s Reserve); HMCS Western Maid (Fisherman’s Reserve)

 (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3515987)

HMCS Leelo.

(Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 2922325)

HMCS Margaret.

Patrol and Torpedo Boats

HMCS Santa Maria (patrol boat); HMCS San Thomas (patrol boat); HMCS CMTB-1 (torpedo boat); HMCS S-09 (torpedo boat)

(RCN Photo, E-1331)

HMCS Santa Maria.

Examination Vessel

 (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3566759)

HMCS Zoarces (FY62), Harbourcraft, 24 Oct 1940.

  (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3566757)

HMCS Zoarces (FY62), Harbourcraft, 24 Oct 1940.

Training schooner, HMCS Venture

 (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3399223)

HMCS Venture on the right, HMS Seaborn on the left, 19 Aug 1940.