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HMCS PRINCE ROBERT

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Crew of HMCS Prince Robert at sea circa 1940

Courtesy of the CFB Esquimalt Naval and Military Museum

HMCS Prince Robert in the North Pacific

 

        

 

From the collection of Laurence (Larry) Fricke

Courtesy of Linda Carleton

HMCS Prince Robert somewhere in the North Pacific. Note her boarding party in the foreground

From the collection of Laurence (Larry) Fricke

Courtesy of Linda Carleton

HMCS Prince Robert in the North Pacific

From the collection of Laurence (Larry) Fricke

Courtesy of Linda Carleton

 

Burial at sea on HMCS Prince Robert - date unknown

From the collection of Laurence (Larry) Fricke

Courtesy of Linda Carleton

Ordinary Seadog Mickey - Mascot of HMCS Prince Robert

 

                       

 

(1) Lt Larry Fricke with Mickey. Mickey was presented to Lt Fricke by an admiral's daughter as the ship's mascot and stayed with him until his departure from HMCS Prince Robert (when this photo was taken)    (2) OD Mickey Takes On the Dog Watch   (3) Ordinary Seadog Mickey - 07 Jun 1943   (4) Ordinary Dog Joins Navy   (5 & 6) Mickey, just after being drafted aboard Prince Robert   (7) Msg on missing sailor - OD Mickey - 22 Mar 1944   (8) OD Mickey located on US warship Enterprise   (9) Prince Robert Going To Dogs

 

        

 

(10) Mickey's Station Card   (11) Mickey enjoying some time ashore   (12) Family portrait: Skipper, Mickey's father (left), Mickey (right) and Larry Fricke - no doubt Mickey had some interesting stories to tell his father about his time on Prince Robert.  (13) The two Mickeys - Miss Mickey Kennedy & Mickey Vancouver, June 1943

 

From the collection of Laurence (Larry) Fricke

Courtesy of Linda Carleton

 

Officers of HMCS Prince Robert

These officers were on board HMCS Prince Robert at some time during Lt Fricke's period of service on her 

 

Capt A.M. Hope

Commanding Officer

6th Commanding Officer

Cdr Philip John Brown Watts

X.O.

Cdr Lorenzo Lysons Atwood

 

Cdr (E) Elliott

E.O.

LCdr Robert Hendy

Gunnery Officer

Lt John Every Clayton

(Jackson)

NavO

Lt  Ned Colquhoun

(Zomb)

Torpedo Officer

LCdr Douglas Kenneth Moody Graham

A.O.

Lt William Clement Harvey

(Bill) (Tiny) (Big Heap)

1943

Lt Jack Eardley Koyl

(Killer)

Lt Bill Johnson

(Radar)

Lt Dacre Patterson Cole

(King)

Cd Bos'n Frederic Harold Moist

(Hal) (Big Joe)

Cd Gunner Frederick Freeman

(Little Joe)

Lt Glen McDonald

Lt Kenneth Birtwistle

(Ken) (Moose)

Lt Paul Gravel

Lt Roger Thompson Hager

(Rog) (Curly)

Slt (E) Harvey Carruthers

Lt (E) Reginald James LaCouvee

WT (E) George Aime Dufour

Lt (E) John Leslie Maw

(Johnny)

Lt (E) Ferris Durnin Sturdy

Paym-Lt Ian Norman Collins

Paym-Lt George Alexander Herring

Paym-Lt Peter Newill

Padre Claude Edward Hayward

Surg-LCdr Robert Laidlaw MacMillan

(Bob) (Beefy)

Surg-Lt Donald Mark Whitley

Lt (SB) Herbert Jessop Nott

Lt (E) George Gregory Janigan

Angus McDonald, "Pay"

SYO Barwick

 

 

 

From the collection of Laurence (Larry) Fricke

Courtesy of Linda Carleton

 

Mickey with 3 officers on board HMCS Prince Robert - Lt Fricke holding Mickey

From the collection of Laurence (Larry) Fricke

Courtesy of Linda Carleton

Infantry men of "C" Company, royal Rifles of Canada, aboard HMCS Prince Robert en route to Hong Kong, 15 Nov 1941

Source: Canada. Dept. of National Defence / Library and Archives Canada / PA-166999

HMCS Prince Robert - date unknown

Original source unknown

Courtesy of Dale Davies

HMCS Prince Robert - "Somewhere at sea"

From the collection of E.A. Sellers

Courtesy of the CFB Esquimalt Naval and Military Museum

Firing the 6-inch gun on HMCS Prince Robert

 

     

 

From the collection of Laurence (Larry) Fricke

Courtesy of Linda Carleton

HMCS Prince Rupert Joining Chit for Ordinary Seaman Roy T. Cardy dated 13 Jun 1942

From the collection of Roy T. Card

Courtesy of Dennis Cardy

"The Plumbers"

Officers of HMCS Prince Robert - 1942

 

Front L-R:  Lt I.J.L. Palmer, LCdr Elliott E.O., Lt Ferris Sturdy

Rear L-R: Slt Gardner, Davidson Cummings (Dave) Jennings, George V. Roche, Reinhold Rudolph (Roy) Schneider

 

From the collection of Laurence (Larry) Fricke

Courtesy of Linda Carleton

 

Away Seaboat

HMCS Prince Robert's Seaboat is lowered

From the collection of Laurence (Larry) Fricke

Courtesy of Linda Carleton

HMCS Prince Robert's Landing Party in the ship's seaboat

From the collection of Laurence (Larry) Fricke

Courtesy of Linda Carleton

Hockey on HMCS Prince Robert

From the collection of Laurence (Larry) Fricke

Courtesy of Linda Carleton

"Dhobey" Hart as Admiral on the Quarterdeck of HMCS Prince Robert, "X" gun, Nanoose Bay, Jun 1942

 

From the collection of Roy T. Cardy

Courtesy of Dennis Cardy

 

Webmaster's note: Looks as though they are having a Banyan

P40s of 111 (F) Squadron RCAF. Location unknown - either at Patricia Bay, BC, or the US station at Kodiak, Alaska

From the collection of Roy T. Cardy

Courtesy of Dennis Cardy

"The boys of the Robert"

Crew members of HMCS Prince Robert. Date and place unknown

From the collection of Roy T. Cardy

Courtesy of Dennis Cardy


AB Thomas doing evolutions at "A" gun on HMCS Prince Robert, Nanoose Bay, BC

From the collection of Roy T. Cardy

Courtesy of Dennis Cardy

 

"Fully kitted-out in the Canadian Army's latest combat harness.. tin hat, chest mounted gas mask bag, two ammunition pouches, and most useful of all, a bayonet the size of a sword ... for the Lee Enfield .303 rifle."

Honour Guard on HMCS Prince Robert for the Lieut. Governor of British Columbia, William Culham Woodard - date unknown

 

     

 

(1 & 2) "The officer with the single stripe is our gunner or warrant officer"   (3) Roy T. Cardy is part of the guard and is first man on the right

 

From the collection of Roy T. Cardy

Courtesy of Dennis Cardy

"Chippy Chaps"

Two unknown crew members of Prince Robert wearing some form of breathing apparatus

Location: on the Starboard aft bridge wing in front of the air intake

From the collection of Roy T. Cardy

Courtesy of Dennis Cardy

A/Capt Frank Llewellyn Houghton on HMCS Prince Robert

From the collection of Roy T. Cardy

Courtesy of Dennis Cardy

50 Cal, Afterdeck, HMCS Prince Robert

From the collection of Roy T. Cardy

Courtesy of Dennis Cardy

HMCS Prince Robert, date and place unknown

From the collection of LCdr Douglas Ford, RCNVR

Courtesy of Jay Ford

A view of HMCS Prince Robert from her fo'c's'le

From the collection of Albert Osborne

Courtesy of Terry Osborne

A "dip in the pool" on HMCS Prince Robert

 

     

 

(1) From the collection of Albert Osborne - Courtesy of Terry Osborne

(2 & 3) From the collection of Laurence (Larry) Fricke - Courtesy of Linda Carleton

Firing a depth charge from HMCS Prince Robert

 

     

 

From the collection of Laurence (Larry) Fricke

Courtesy of Linda Carleton

Depth charge exploding astern of HMCS Prince Robert

From the collection of Laurence (Larry) Fricke

Courtesy of Linda Carleton

Albert Osborne and shipmate somewhere down south

From the collection of Albert Osborne

Courtesy of Terry Osborne

Albert Osborne somewhere down south

From the collection of Albert Osborne

Courtesy of Terry Osborne

HMCS Prince Robert

From the collection of Henry Silvester

Courtesy of Jim Silvester

HMCS Prince Robert - Port side, looking aft

From the collection of Henry Silvester

Courtesy of Jim Silvester

 

Boarding party of HMCS Prince Robert removed 8 Germans from the President Garfield - intercepted by HMCS Prince Robert on 29 Apr 1941

From the collection of Henry Silvester

Courtesy of Jim Silvester

TSS Awatea (after conversion to a troopship) with troops onboard

The Awatea, accompanied by HMCS Prince Robert, transported the Winnipeg Grenadiers and Royal Winnipeg Rifles to Hong Kong.

From the collection of Henry Silvester

Courtesy of Jim Silvester

 

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HMCS Prince Robert circa 1940-1941

From the collection of Jim Silvester

Courtesy of Jim Silvester

HMCS Prince Robert circa 1940-1941

From the collection of Jim Silvester

Courtesy of Jim Silvester

RCN photographer on HMCS Prince Robert

From the collection of Laurence (Larry) Fricke

Courtesy of Linda Carleton

HMCS Prince Robert's mascot Cobber

From the collection of Laurence (Larry) Fricke

Courtesy of Linda Carleton

HMCS Prince Robert's mascot - name unknown

From the collection of Laurence (Larry) Fricke

Courtesy of Linda Carleton

Kodiak, Alaska Aug-Nov 1942

 

              

 

                 

 

From the collection of Laurence (Larry) Fricke

Courtesy of Linda Carleton

HMCS Prince Rupert in Dry dock

From the collection of Laurence (Larry) Fricke

Courtesy of Linda Carleton

Canadian Warship Prince Robert Is Refitted into Ack-Ack Cruiser

from an unknown newspaper

From the collection of Laurence (Larry) Fricke

Courtesy of Linda Carleton

The Christening of Lt William Irvine Boorman's daughter on board HMCS Prince Robert, Jun 1943, Esquimalt, BC

 

        

 

(1) The side is piped as Lt Boorman and daughter come onboard  (2) Lt Boorman, his wife and daughter  (3) The Christening ceremony in the wardroom of HMCS Prince Robert  (4) The side is piped as the water from the baptismal font (the ship's bell) is poured over the side. 

 

From the collection of Laurence (Larry) Fricke

Courtesy of Linda Carleton

HMCS Prince Robert visits Horta, Azorea, Oct 1943

 

     

 

(1) Article on HMCS Prince Robert's visit to Horta  (2 & 3) Horta as seen from HMCS Prince Robert

 

           

 

(4) Prince Robert's shore patrol with local authorities   (5-8) Sailors from HMCS Prince Robert ashore in Horta. Note the garb worn by the local women

 

              

 

(9-11) Sailors from HMCS Prince Robert ashore in Horta   (12-14) Mount Pico, opposite Horta

 

                 

 

(15-20) Postcards from Horta  (21) Local currency

 

From the collection of Laurence (Larry) Fricke

Courtesy of Linda Carleton

Apparently Admirals and other dignitaries liked to visit HMCS Prince Robert

 

     

 

(1) Inspection by F.O.I.C. Greenock  (2) Vice-Admiral Nelles addresses the crew  (3) Visit of Vincent Massey, High Commissionaire to Britain and Capt F. Houghton, RCN

 

From the collection of Laurence (Larry) Fricke

Courtesy of Linda Carleton

Belfast, Northern Ireland

 

              

 

(1) Prince Robert's wardroom appears to be hosting WRENS - with an aboriginal theme to the gathering  (2 - 6) Belfast postcards

 

HMCS Prince Robert shipping seas in the North Atlantic

   From the collection of Laurence (Larry) Fricke

Courtesy of Linda Carleton

HMCS Prince Robert's Engine Room 

 

     

 

From the collection of Laurence (Larry) Fricke

Courtesy of Linda Carleton

In and around HMCS Prince Robert

Note: these photos were taken during Lt Fricke's time on HMCS Prince Robert - they are not in an specific sequence or time line order

                    

 

(1 & 2) Lookouts  (3) Search light crew  (3) ship's canteen  (4) Jive session  (5) shipboard news broadcast  (6) ship's diver  (7) sailor on platform for accommodation ladder

 

             

 

(8) repairing the scrambling net  (9) repairing / replacing the rope for the block and tackle  (10) a taste test  (11) the butcher ... (12) the baker ...  (13) and the sandwich meat maker

 

                 

 

(14) just a little off the back please  (15) relaxing on the upper decks  (16) its appears the ship's boat is a bit low in the water  (17) unknown event  (18) ship's doctor removing dressing checking how the incision is healing  (19) ship's dentist at work  (20) sailor in the ship's laundry room

 

              

 

(21 & 22) unknown officers on the bridge  (23) "The lonesome polecat and CO on the bridge"  (24) Light-line transfer  (25) a lookout  (26) Friendly aircraft approaching

 

                 

 

(27) Master at Arms and R.P.O.   (28) Signalmen sending/receiving a message  (29) Unknown rating, possibly a sig reading a flag signal from another ship  (30) Sleep .... whenever and wherever possible  (31 & 32) Prince Robert's Landing Party  (33) A birthday celebration

 

From the collection of Laurence (Larry) Fricke

Courtesy of Linda Carleton

Mail from Home

 

     

 

From the collection of Laurence (Larry) Fricke

Courtesy of Linda Carleton

Wartime sketches of scenes on HMCS Prince Robert by Lt Ed. McNally Apr 1942 - Dec 1943

 

           

 

From the collection of Laurence (Larry) Fricke

Courtesy of Linda Carleton

HMCS Prince Robert escorting a convoy

 

           

 

From the collection of Laurence (Larry) Fricke

Courtesy of Linda Carleton

Capt Adrian Mitchell Hope, 6th Commanding Officer, HMCS Prince Robert

At the ship's concert

 

     

 

(1) Cdr Watts, XO at Broadcast and Concert  (2) L-R: "Pete" McRitchie, Robert Ian "Bob" Hendy, Cdr Elliot, Cdr Philip J.B. Watts XO, Peter Stursberg

(3) crew at ship's concert

 

From the collection of Laurence (Larry) Fricke

Courtesy of Linda Carleton

Sunday Divisions on HMCS Prince Robert

 

     

 

From the collection of Laurence (Larry) Fricke

Courtesy of Linda Carleton

Unknown Bangor Class Minesweeper in company with HMCS Prince Robert

From the collection of Laurence (Larry) Fricke

Courtesy of Linda Carleton

Secondary Armament on HMCS Prince Robert

 

     

 

(1) 4 Barreled Pom Pom  (2) Twin .5  (3) 20 MM Oerlikon

 

        

 

(4 - 8) Oerlikon firing practice

 

From the collection of Laurence (Larry) Fricke

Courtesy of Linda Carleton

HMCS Prince Robert's main armament - gunnery drills

 

     

 

From the collection of Laurence (Larry) Fricke

Courtesy of Linda Carleton

Mel Butt, C.E.A.

From the collection of Laurence (Larry) Fricke

Courtesy of Linda Carleton

P.O. Jack Levirs (Sails)

From the collection of Laurence (Larry) Fricke

Courtesy of Linda Carleton

 

"The Guns"

Close up of one of the gun turrets on HMCS Prince Robert

From the collection of Laurence (Larry) Fricke

Courtesy of Linda Carleton

Night action on HMCS Prince Robert

From the collection of Laurence (Larry) Fricke

Courtesy of Linda Carleton

 

Webmaster's note - this photo was damaged in the upper left and was repaired to the best of my rudimentary abilities.

 

Click here to see the unedited copy

Christening of John Christopher Maw on HMCS Prince Robert, Oct 1943

 

  

 

Photo 2 - Kit and Gloria

 

From the collection of Laurence (Larry) Fricke

Courtesy of Linda Carleton

 

Webmaster's note:  this would have taken place in the UK.

Convoy battle in the Bay of Biscay - 19-22 Nov 1943

 

Photos below taken from HMCS Prince Robert who joined the convoy escort in mid battle on 21 Nov 1943

 

        

 

(1) Near miss on a merchantman - 23 casualties  (2) Flak explosions  (3) Near miss on corvette (left of explosion) - no casualties  (4) the corvette steams on

 

            

 

  (5 - 8) Newspaper articles on the convoy battle

 

From the collection of Laurence (Larry) Fricke

Courtesy of Linda Carleton

 

Webmaster's note:  This battle involved convoys SL.139 and MKS.30 destined for Liverpool, which merged on 16 Nov 1943.

Admiral Borroughs F.O.G.M.A. inspects the crew of HMCS Prince Robert

 

     

 

From the collection of Laurence (Larry) Fricke

Courtesy of Linda Carleton

HMCS Prince Robert steams past the Rock of Gibraltar

 

           

 

From the collection of Laurence (Larry) Fricke

Courtesy of Linda Carleton

Postcards from Gibraltar

 

                    

 

(7) the first warship on the left along the breakwater is a Queen Elizabeth class battleship, the middle one is HMS Hood and the 3rd is either HMS Renown or HMS Repulse.

 

(8) The warship on the left is HMS Hood. The one on the right is either HMS Renown or HMS Repulse.

 

From the collection of Laurence (Larry) Fricke

Courtesy of Linda Carleton

Ceremony of the Keys - Gibraltar

 

              

 

From the collection of Laurence (Larry) Fricke

Courtesy of Linda Carleton

Travel documents allowing Lt Fricke to leave Gibraltar and enter Spain

From the collection of Laurence (Larry) Fricke

Courtesy of Linda Carleton

Anti-Aircraft Cruiser Joins Canadian Navy

Newspaper article dated 18 Jan 1944

From the collection of Laurence (Larry) Fricke

Courtesy of Linda Carleton

Prince Robert's Colourful Career Is Continued as Ack Ack Cruiser

Newspaper article dated 27 Jan 1944

From the collection of Laurence (Larry) Fricke

Courtesy of Linda Carleton

Dunn - Collins Wedding, Plymouth, Eng, Feb 1944

 

Paymaster-Lt Ian Collins weds Leading Wren Evelyn Dunn

 

           

 

Photo 3 L-R: LCdr Graham, Lt Harvey, Paym-Lt Collins (groom), Lt (E), Maw, Lt McDonald, Lt Fricke

 

From the collection of Laurence (Larry) Fricke

Courtesy of Linda Carleton

Sailors off HMCS Prince Robert visit Gibraltar

 

AB Leslie M. Osland and AB James Nicols both of Winnipeg

 

Crow's Nest newspaper - Apr 1944

 

Click here to see the photo used in the article

HMCS Prince Robert's Dance Orchestra

From the collection of Laurence (Larry) Fricke

Courtesy of Linda Carleton

Paint, Paint .... and more Paint.  A bit of ship's husbandry on HMCS Prince Robert - date unknown circa 1942-44

 

                       

 

From the collection of Laurence (Larry) Fricke

Courtesy of Linda Carleton

Jun 1944 - HMCS Prince Robert, the first Canadian warship to visit Naples since it was liberated from the Germans

 

                 

 

(1) Isle of Capri   (2 & 3) Bay of Naples and Mount Vesuvius (4 & 5) Naples  (6 & 7) Newspaper article on Prince Robert's visit to Naples

 

Below - postcards from Naples. Italy

 

                    

 

                 

 

From the collection of Laurence (Larry) Fricke

Courtesy of Linda Carleton

Three Windsorites Help Make Prince Robert "Sportin'est" Ship in Royal Canadian Navy

The Windsor Daily Star, 11 Aug 1944

Source: HMCS Prince Robert Tribute site

Lookout on HMCS Prince Robert in the tropics - date / location unknown

 

              

 

From the collection of Laurence (Larry) Fricke

Courtesy of Linda Carleton

 

Splicing the mainbrace: Ordinary Seaman Ernest Weir receives an extra rum ration during Victory over Japan celebrations aboard HMCS Prince Robert, Sydney, Australia, 16 Aug 1945

Source: PO Jack Hawes / Canada. Dept. of National Defence / Library and Archives Canada / PA-166428

Souvenir certificate from the first Prince Robert crew reunion in 1988

From the collection of Laurence (Larry) Fricke

Courtesy of Linda Carleton

Cover of Reunion booklet

From the collection of Laurence (Larry) Fricke

Courtesy of Linda Carleton

 

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