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Photos and Documents from the Collection of

Roy T. Cardy

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Roy T. Cardy, RCN

 

Born: 30 Apr 1923, Toronto, Ontario   Crossed the Bar: 20 Mar 2005, Red Deer, Alberta

 

HMCS Caraquet, HMCS Prince Robert, ML Q112, ML Q121

Sailors digging a slit trench, Comox, BC

Roy Cardy, 1st on left.

Courtesy of Dennis Cardy



Bank of Kodiak, Alaska

Photo taken during  HMCS Prince Roberts tour during the Aleutian campaign

Courtesy of Dennis Cardy

"Russian Church, Kodiak, Alaska"

This photo is of the Holy Resurrection Orthodox Church, Kodiak, Alaska, circa 1942. The church burned down in 1943 and was rebuilt (for the 4th time) in 1945.

Courtesy of Dennis Cardy

HMS Polyanthus K47

Courtesy of Dennis Cardy

HMS Witch I89

Courtesy of Dennis Cardy

"Limey destroyer at St. John's, NFLD, X-mas 1944

Courtesy of Dennis Cardy

HMS Caldwell I20 (former USS Hale), St. John's, NFLD

HMS Caldwell was commissioned in the RN on 09 Sep 1940. Paid off before the end of the war, she was sold on 20 Mar 1945 and broken up at Granton on Spry, Scotland.

Courtesy of Dennis Cardy

RMS Queen Elizabeth, Esquimalt, BC for refit to a troop carrier

Courtesy of Dennis Cardy

Unknown minesweeper entering St. John's, Nfld

Courtesy of Dennis Cardy

Merchant ship Scottish Musician alongside HMCS Caraquet, Sydney, NS

Courtesy of Dennis Cardy

"Cable Repair Ship Lord Kelvin off Newfie"

Courtesy of Dennis Cardy

Unknown minesweeper entering St. John's, NFLD

Courtesy of Dennis Cardy

Torpedoed tanker, Mutton Bay, NFLD

Courtesy of Dennis Cardy

View from X-gun deck of a River Class Destroyer

Courtesy of Dennis Cardy

A Fairmile following a Corvette on a cold North Atlantic day

Courtesy of Dennis Cardy

HNLMS O15 circa 1940-1941

HNLMS O15 (later N15, P15) served out of Halifax for anti-submarine training until relived by HMS/M P553 in Aug 1942. She then returned to the European theater where she remained for the rest of the war.

Courtesy of Dennis Cardy

Unknown Bangor Class minesweeper and HNLMS N15 (former O15) - photo taken between May and Aug 1942

Note that her sail was modified during her refit in Philadelphia from Feb to May 1942.

Courtesy of Dennis Cardy

HMS/m P.553

 

Former USS S-21, she was transferred to the Royal Navy on 14 Sep 1942 and renamed P.553. She was based out of Halifax and was used for anti-submarine training. Returned to the USN on 14 Jul 1944, she was later sunk off New England as a target boat on 23 Mar 1945

 

Courtesy of Dennis Cardy

Torpedoed tanker (left)

 

Roy told his son about one convoy where the ship in front of them and the ship behind them got torpedoed but they were spared

 

Courtesy of Dennis Cardy

The Fort Edward Blockhouse, Windsor, NS, 1945

Courtesy of Dennis Cardy

RMS Queen Elizabeth in New York, March 1942

Photographer: Roy T. Cardy

Courtesy of Dennis Cardy

RMS Queen Elizabeth in New York, March 1942

Photographer: Roy T. Cardy

Courtesy of Dennis Cardy

RMS Mauretania in New York, March 1942

Photographer: Roy T. Cardy

Courtesy of Dennis Cardy

RMS Mauretania postcard - date unknown

Courtesy of Dennis Cardy

RMS Queen Mary postcard - date unknown

Courtesy of Dennis Cardy

HMS Hood and HMS Glowworm H92 - March 1940, Scapa Flow

 

On the morning of 8 April 1940 Glowworm was on her way to rejoin Renown when she encountered the German destroyers Z11 Bernd von Arnim and Z18 Hans Lüdemann in the heavy fog before 08:00 a.m. The destroyers were part of a German naval detachment, led by the heavy cruiser Admiral Hipper, on its way to land troops at Trondheim as part of the German invasion of Norway (Operation Weserübung). Glowworm opened fire and the German destroyers attempted to disengage, signalling for help. The request was soon answered by Admiral Hipper which spotted Glowworm at 09:50 After a short engagement of approximately 30 minutes in close quarters, Glowworm and Admiral Hipper collided. Glowworm's bow was cut off and she sank with a loss of 109 of her crew. Admiral Hipper rescued 40 of Glowworm's crew.  Glowworm's commanding officer, LCdr Roope, was posthumously awarded the VC for valiant courage in engaging a much superior ship in close battle.

 

Historical note: HMS Glowworm was sunk on 08 Apr 1940 by KMS Admiral Hipper.

 

Historical note: HMS Hood was sunk by KMS Bismarck and KMS Prinz Eugen on 21 May 1941 during the Battle of the Denmark Straits.

 

Photo Courtesy of Dennis Cardy

HMS/M L25 (later N25). Note HMS Vanquisher D54 off her STBD bow, tied up to the jetty in the camber. Photo appears to be in Halifax. Date unknown.

Courtesy of Dennis Cardy

Leave pass for Roy T. Cardy

Courtesy of Dennis Cardy


HMS Euryalis

 

A ship that my grandfather William Dennis Cardy served aboard during the 1st Great War, as a cook

 

Pembroke I - 16 Jun 1915 - 01 Mar 1916  //  Lancaster- 02 Mar 1916 - 26 Nov 1918  //  Euryalus - 27 Nov 1918 - 26 Jun 1919

 

Courtesy of Dennis Cardy

William Dennis Cardy in front of HMCS Reindeer 716 alongside HMCS York, Toronto, circa 1952-53

Courtesy of Dennis Cardy (his grandson)

William Dennis Cardy on the flight deck of HMCS Magnificent

Courtesy of Dennis Cardy (his grandson)

Medals awarded to William Dennis Cardy

Courtesy of Dennis Cardy (his grandson)

Visit of Admiral Sir Roger and Lady Keyes, Toronto, 1934

Courtesy of Dennis Cardy

 

Click here to read the speech Admiral Keyes gave at the Empire Club of Canada, Toronto on 04 Sep 1934

Crossing the line certificate (Equator) from the German Armoured Cruiser SMS Scharnhorst - 09 Feb 1910

 

SMS Scharnhorst crossed the Equator at 97 deg 37 min East

Auf der Reise von Sabang nach Padang (On the journey to Sabang after Padang)

Courtesy of Dennis Cardy

 

Historical note: Canada's and the RCN's first casualties in WW I occurred during the Battle of Coronel, on 11 Nov 1914, between a Royal Navy squadron comprising of HMS Good Hope, HMS Mammoth, HMS Glasgow and HMS Otranto and a German squadron comprising of the armoured cruisers SMS Scharnhorst and SMS Gneisenau, and the light cruisers SMS Lepzig, SMS Nurnberg and SMS Dresden. During this battle the Good Hope and Mammoth were sunk with a loss of all hands which included 4 midshipmen of the RCN. Scharnhorst was later sunk at the Battle of the Falkland Islands on 08 Dec 1914.

 

Click here to view a photo of SMS Scharnhorst by Arthur Renard

 

Webmaster's note: While this certificate is not from an RCN ship as Scharnhorst was a ship of the Imperial German Navy, it was in the Cardy family collection and deserves recognition as a piece of naval history. This certificate somehow made it from the Schanhorst, which was sunk in 1914, to an antique shop in the Niagara area of Ontario, where it was purchased by the Cardy family.  If anyone knows anything about the certificate or the sailor named on it, please send me an EMAIL

 

 

RCN on parade in Victoria BC

Courtesy of Dennis Cardy

Seamanship Training at Naden - 1941

Courtesy of Dennis Cardy

 

Sailors taking a winter train ride across Canada

(photoS are not in sequence)

 

       

 

(1) Train station at Rivers, Manitoba  (2) Train stopped at Mount Robson, BC  (3) Jasper, BC  (4) Town/stop unknown  (5) Town/stop unknown

 

 

       

 

(6) Town/stop unknown  (7) OS Born and OS Van Allen, 1942  (8) Town unknown  (9) Town/stop unknown  (10) Town/stop unknown

 

   

 

(11) Roy Cardy, Calgary  (12) OS Buck, Chapleau, Ont. Jan 1942  (13) Van Allen, Winnipeg, Jan 1942

 

Courtesy of Dennis Cardy

Royal Canadian Naval Barracks

R.C.N.V.R.

HDQTRS

165 Lake Shore Rd Toronto

date on photo 1941

Courtesy of Dennis Cardy

Tom Guscott (left) in from of Royal Canadian Naval Barracks, R.C.N.V.R., Headquarters, 165 Lake Shore Rd Toronto

date on photo 1941

Empire CAM ship with Hurricane preparing for Atlantic Convoy 1941-42.  Photo possibly taken from HMCS Kamsack

Courtesy of Dennis Cardy

Ships with Wings

Photo of the billboard for the movie with a friend / shipmate of Roy Cardy.

Though his name is no longer remembered, he was the best man at Roy's wedding

Photographer: Roy Cardy

Courtesy of Dennis Cardy

 

From Wayne Mullins: The Paramount was the "first run" movie house that would play a newly released film like "Ships with Wings". In the top right background of the photo is a "Dominion" sign. Next door to the Paramount was, since 1906 and still is, Sievert's Tobacco Store. I believe that is a Dominion Tobacco sign out front at Sievert's. The marquis over the sidewalk in the distant right background with people nearby / underneath would be the Orpheus Theatre.

Jetty at Comox - possibly taken during time ashore from HMCS Prince Robert

Photographer: Roy Cardy

Courtesy of Dennis Cardy

Receipt for a bed at the USO 339 N. Charles St., Baltimore, Maryland, 07 Aug 1943

Courtesy of Dennis Cardy

Letterhead from the Coast Guard Yard, Curtis Bay, Marylant

Courtesy of Dennis Cardy

Planes on an unknown airfield somewhere in the Maritimes

Photographer: Roy Cardy

Courtesy of Dennis Cardy

A Lancaster bomber somewhere in the Maritimes

Photographer: Roy Cardy

Courtesy of Dennis Cardy

"A Limey Sloop at Newfy"

HMS Dacres at St. John's, Newfoundland

Photographer: Roy Cardy

Courtesy of Dennis Cardy


Letter from J.A. McTaggart, HMCS Caraquet, 16 Jun 1944 to Roy Cardy

Courtesy of Dennis Cardy

50th Anniversary of D-Day

WW 2 Veterans crossing the English Channel to mark the 50th Anniversary of D-Day

Wreaths were laid in the channel in memory of those who did not return

Courtesy of Dennis Cardy

 

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