Military History Books
by Harold A. Skaarup   
Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) 1990–Present Day, Warships

Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) 1990–Present Day, Warships

Data currrent to 30 June 2019.

Frigates (Halifax Class)

HMCS Halifax FFH 330, HMCS Vancouver, FFH 331, HMCS Ville de Quebec FFH 332, HMCS Toronto FFH 333, HMCS Regina FFH 334, HMCS Calgary FFH 335, HMCS Montreal FFH 336, HMCS Fredericton FFH 337, HMCS Winnipeg FFH 338, HMCS Charlottetown FFH 339, HMCS St. John’s FFH 340, HMCS Ottawa FFH 341.

(Author Photo)

HMCS Ville de Quebec (FFH 332).

(RedAndr Photo)

HMCS Ville de Quebec, 10 Sep 2016.

(US Army Corps of Engineers Photo, Carmen Paris)

HMCS Ville De Quebec passing through the Poe Lock while visiting cities in Canada and the U.S. on the Great Lakes, 12 Aug 2012.

(USN Photo)

HMCS Toronto (FFH 333).

Iroquois Class Destroyers

HMCS Iroquois DDG 280, HMCS Athabaskan DDG 282, HMCS Algonquin DDG 283.

 (USN Photos)

HMCS Algonquin (DDG 283).

Active Protector Class Auxiliary Vessels

HMCS Protecteur AOR 509, HMCS Preserver AOR 510.

  (USN Photo, Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Robert Stirrup)

HMCS Protecteur (AOR 509).

(Author Photos)

HMCS Preserver AOR 510, Halifax harbour, 2005.

 (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 4718902)

HMCS Preserver AOR 510, refueling HMCS Assiniboine and HMCS Margaree at sea, 2 Aug 1971.

Active Kingston Class Coastal Defence Vessels

HMCS Kingston MM 700, HMCS Glace Bay MM 701, HMCS Nanaimo MM 702, HMCS Edmonton MM 703, HMCS Shawinigan MM 704, HMCS Whitehorse MM 705, HMCS Yellowknife MM 706, HMCS Goose Bay MM 707, HMCS Moncton MM 708, HMCS Saskatoon MM 709, HMCS Brandon MM 710, HMCS Summerside MM 711).

 (Rayzlens Photo)

HMCS Saskatoon near Esquimalt, British Columbia and a CH-149 Cormorant helicopter that is practicing personnel transfers.

Victoria Class Submarines

HMCS Victoria SSK 876, HMCS Windsor SSK 877, HMCS Corner Brook SSK 878, HMCS Chicoutimi SSK 879.

(USN Photo, Ray F. Longaker, Jr.)

HMCS Victoria SSK 876 diesel-electric longe-range hunter-killer patrol submarine off the West coast.

  (RCN Photo, Alan Rowland)

HMCS Windsor (SSK 877).

 (Rick Anthony Photo)

HMCS Corner Brook SSK 878, passing Fort Amherst and entering St. John's Harbour, Newfoundland.

 (USN Photo, John Narewski)

HMCS Corner Brook (SSK 878) pulls into Submarine Base New London for a five-day port visit, 15 May 2009.

(DND Photo)

HMCS Chicoutimi SSK 879, in the Halifax dockyard, Nov 2012.

Sail Training Ship

HMCS Oriole (KC 480)

(Redonebird Photo)

HMCS Oriole (KC 480).

Support and Auxiliary Vessels

Orca Class Training Tenders

CFAV Orca (PCT 55), CFAV Raven (PCT 56), CFAV Caribou (PCT 57), CFAV Renard (PCT 58), CFAV Wolf (PCT 60), CFAV Grizzly (PCT 60), CFAV Cougar (PCT 61), CFAV Moose (PCT 62).

Torpedo and Sound Ranging Vessels

CFAV Sikanni (YTP 611), CFAV Stikine (YTP 613)

Oceanographic Research Ship

CFAV Quest (AGOR 172)

Mine Laying Vessel

 (RCN Photo)

HMCS Bluethroat (AGOR 114).

Yard Diving Tenders

Unnamed (YDT 11), CFAV Granby (YDT 12), CFAV Sechelt (YDT 610), CFAV Sooke (YDT 612).


CFAV Firebird (YTR 561), CFAV Firebrand (TTR 562)


CFAV Glendyne (YTB 640), CFAV Glendale (YTB 641), CFAV Glenevis (YTB 642), CFAV Glenbrook (YTB 643), CFAV Tillicum (YTM 555), CFAV Lawrenceville (YTL 590), CFAV Parksville (YTL 591), CFAV Listerville (YTL 592), CFAV Merrickville (YTL 593), CFAV Marysville (YTL 594).


 (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.

Yard Auxiliary General

CFAV Pelican (YAG 4), CFAV Gemini (YAG 650), CFAV Pegasus (YAG 651), CFAV Albatross (YAG 661), CFAV Black Duck (YAG 660)

Canadian Naval Reserve Units (preserved RCN Guns)

Vancouver, HMCS Discovery

QF 6-pounder 7-cwt Hotchkiss Guns (Serial Nos. TBC), Montreal, 1941-42, mounted on Vickers and Sons and Maxim 8-pound 1901 stand.  Alberni Street.

Victoria, HMCS Malahat

Ordnance QF 12-pounder 8-cwt Naval Landing Gun (Serial No. 1213), weight 8-0-0, and Limber.  20 Huron Street.

The Naval Landing Guns found in Canada probably originated on early ships of the Royal Canadian Navy, such as HMCS Niobe, HMCS Aurora, HMCS Rainbow and others.

Calgary, HMCS Tecumseh

Ordnance QF 12-pounder 8-cwt Naval Landing Gun, mounted on a wooden wheeled carriage, (Serial No. 1034), 1899, weight 8-0-0 (896 lbs), carriage (Serial No. 94), 1899, and Limber (Serial No. 9936).  Queen Victoria cypher.  This gun has a breech screw for a 12-pounder 12-cwt NLG, (Serial No. 111), 1917.  Several of the photos of the breech screw seem to have “12-pr 12-cwt A & 8-cwt” on them.  This suggests that the breech screw was common to the two guns.  Both were ship’s guns and this would have simplified spare parts.  The Naval Landing Guns found in Canada probably originated on early ships of the Royal Canadian Navy, such as HMCS Niobe, HMCS Aurora, HMCS Rainbow and others.

USN 5-inch Gun Mk 38, Mod 6, (Serial No. 13256), NSN L9999-1941-44124, Carriage (Serial No. 7313), Training Gear (Serial No. 4399).  1820-24 Street SW.

Edmonton, HMCS Nonsuch

US Navy 5-inch Gun Mk 37 Mod 2, (Serial No. 538) from Gerald Bull’s HARP project in Suffield.  These guns have been specially modified by Gerald Bull for testing at Suffield.  They are also the same type of gun that was on the Second World War Carriers HMCS Nabob and HMCS Puncherin the RCN.  The gun stands in the Northwest corner inside the security fence facing the Municipal Airport.

 (Author Photos)

HMCS Nonsuch, 5-inch Naval Gun, Edmonton, Alberta.

Regina, HMCS Queen

Possible gun used for gun run drills, TBC.  100 Navy Way.

Saskatoon, HMCS Unicorn, Naval Reserve, 405-24 St E.

(PO1 Warren Noble Photo)

QF 4-inch Gun Mk XVI in a Mk XIX twin mount, mount (Serial No. 146).  405-24 St E.

Ordnance QF 12-pounder 8-cwt Naval Landing Gun, mounted on a wooden wheeled carriage, (Serial No. 1210), 1899, weight 8-0-0 (896 lbs), and Limber (Serial No. 9936).

Winnipeg, HMCS Chippewa

Ordnance QF 12-pounder 8-cwt Naval Landing Gun, mounted on a wooden wheeled carriage, (Serial No. 71), 1898, weight 7-3-10 (878 lbs), and Limber (Serial No.).  1 Navy Way.

Hamilton, HMCS Star

Russian SBML 36-pounder Gun, by Armstrong at Alexandrovski, with double-headed Eagle, Crimean War trophy.  6.75-inch gun, stamped Armstrong 1837 J68 ½, (Serial No. 25457).  Captured at Sevastopol in 1855, given to Hamilton by Queen Victoria in 1860.  The Hamilton and District Officers’ Institute mounted the gun as a centennial project in 1967.  This gun is now mounted at HMCS Star.

Ordnance QF 12-pounder 8-cwt Naval Landing Gun, ca. 1903.  Used by the Hamilton Sea Cadet Corps for the last 90 years or so.

Kingston, HMCS Cataraqui

18th Century SBML Gun, HMS Princess Charlotte, 1812, inside the drill hall.  650 Catherine St North.  24 Navy Way.

London, HMCS Prevost

Ordnance QF 3-inch/50 Twin Gun M33 turret, HMCS Fraser.  19 Becher Street.

Ottawa, HMCS Carleton

Blomefield 9-pounder SBML replica guns (two), mounted on wood naval carriages.  79 Prince of Wales Drive.

Thunder Bay, HMCS Griffon 

QF 4-inch Gun Mk XVI in a Mk XIX twin mount, 125 North Algoma Street.

Ordnance QF 3-inch/40 (12-pounder) Gun Mk V HA, 125 North Algoma Street.

Toronto, HMCS York

(Curtis Kostin Photo)

Twin 4-inch Mk XIX Mounting R.P. 50/51 series guns in a naval gun turret, Adm. No. 541.

Ordnance QF 12-pounder 8-cwt Naval Landing Gun659 Lakeshore Blvd West.

Windsor, HMCS Hunter

Possible gun used in gun drills, TBC.  960 Ouellette Ave.

Montréal, HMCS Donnacona

 (LCdr Geoff Hamilton Photo)

SBML 1-pounder brass gun mounted on a wooden naval gun carriage, 2-inch bore (a 1.9-inch ball is 1 lb).  This gun is most likely a presentation replica, and is on display inside the ship’s drill hall.  3525 St-Jacques Street.

Québec City, HMCS Montcalm

Ordnance QF 40-mm Bofors AA Guns.  CFFS (Q) has four of these guns, all used for training.  One is on HMCS Montcalm’s parade square for students to practice gun drills, one is in a training simulator (FATS) at 170 Dalhousie Street, and two are operational and used on a range at CFB Valcartier.  All RCN Kingston Class vessels continue to operate the QF 40-mm Bofors AA Gun.

Rimouski, HMCS D’Iberville

No guns at present.  84, Montée Industrielle et commerciale.

Saguenay, HMCS Champlain

Possible gun used for gun drills, TBC. 

Sept-Îles, HMCS Joliet                     

Possible gun on order, TBC.  366, Rue Arnaud.

Trois-Rivières, HMCS Radisson

(PO2 J.L.C. Primeau Photo)

QF BL 4-inch Guns on naval mounting (two) in front of the Naval Reserve HQ.  1000, Île Saint-Christophe.

Charlottetown, HMCS Queen Charlotte

(Author Photo)

Blomefield SBML 32-pounder Gun, weight 47-3-4 (5,352 lbs), Walker & Co., 6, K ing George III cypher, 210 Water Street at Haviland Street.

 (Author Photo)

Millar RML 32-pounder Gun, weight 58-2-0 (6,552 lbs), 1854, King George III cypher, 210 Water Street at Haviland Street.

Halifax, HMCS Scotian

 (Author Photo)

Bronze Lyle Smoothbore Muzzleloading Gun (2.5-inch bore), AO CO, No. 440, 190, FEH on the muzzle, blank on the left trunnion, US LSS on the right trunnion. 

This Lyle type gun was used to fire life lines from ship or shore.  Light-weight rope was shot out to a wreck after it had been carefully wound on a rope-board so it would uncoil without snagging. The crews would then use this rope to haul out the heavier lines which actually carried the breeches buoy. The survivors would brought ashore or to the tugboat in a breeches buoy, which was a pair of canvas pants sewed onto a life-preserver.  These line guns are used primarily for shore based rescue operations.  The shooter would fire, aiming over the victims head and then pull the line within reach of the victim.  They are also useful for rescuing victims that have fallen through the ice, or are stranded on a cliff or burning building.  Boats in distress need larger lines.  Lyle guns were designed to throw projectiles weighing approximately 15 pounds, carrying heavier rope over 1000 feet.  Getting this equipment close to a wreck would have been difficult, given the likelihood the conditions that caused the wreck would still have been present.  It is mounted on a wood naval gun carriage, inside the ship.

St. John’s, HMCS Cabot,  220 Southside Road, Pier 27.

 (Able Seaman Brittany Hayes Photo, HMCS Cabot)

QF 3-pounder Hotchkiss Gun, inside the main entrance to the ship.  This gun was used on board HMS Calypso.