For Posterity's Sake         

A Royal Canadian Navy Historical Project


In memory of those who have Crossed the Bar 


J.T. Williams


Leading Torpedoman


Born: 1923          Died: 1981


"The old man was a “bon vivant” and always managed to find fun. I have no idea who these people are, but here he is drinking again (photo 12). Bless them all. Life was a precarious proposition in those days. He and young people like him (early 20s - no maritime experience) manned the real navy, not the stuffed shirts’ navy, and defended the convoys at great risk, and ultimately won the war in the Atlantic. Makes me proud." - by Jim Williams


Ships served in:




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(1) J.T. Williams on an unknown ship  (2) Two unknown sailors on unknown ship  (3) HMS Jed K235  (4) Wedding photo of Leading Torpedoman J.T. Williams and Lorraine Robinson. J.T. met Lorraine in Halifax. Best man - Robert Gilmore. Maid of honour - name not known  (5) Unknown schooner / unknown harbour  (6) Warships tied up at St. John's, Newfoundland  (7) Torpedoed merchantman at St. John's, Newfoundland. Note the hole in the hull at the bow.


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(8) Recovering a training / dummy torpedo  (9) Unknown merchantman  (10) Sailors just aft of the boat falls on unknown nested corvettes. It is possible that the unknown sailor in the foreground is on HMCS Shawinigan K137  (11) Unknown sailor as lookout on an unknown ship  (12) J.T. Williams (left), other two people unknown.


Courtesy of Jim Williams



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