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Coastal Drifter - CD 23


CD 23 at anchor

From the collection of William Herbert Rose and Marmaduke Rose

Courtesy of Bud (Donald) Rose


Delivered to the RCN: 1918

Commissioned: 1920

Paid off: 1923

Fate: Last reported in 1927. Final disposition unknown


Built by Davie Shipbuilding Co. Ltd, Lauzon, QC, CD 23 was delivered to the RCN in 1918. In 1920, CD-23 was re-named HMCS Guelph and served as a depot ship from 1920 till 1923. Sold in 1924, she was re-named Blairmore.  Sold again in 1927 to USA interests.


Commanding Officers

Skpr (Temp) James Choat, RNR - 05 Mar 1918 - unk

Lt John F. Purdon, RNR - 01 May 1918 - unk

Skpr John Joseph Moore, RCN - dates unknown

Lt Rupert Waiman Wood, RCN - 31 Jul 1922 - unk


     In memory of those who have crossed the bar    

They shall not be forgotten

Bannatyne, Ninian

Choat, James

Cook, Leander John


Drafted to CD 23 on 17 Jun 1918 as Mate, RNCVR

Edwards, John C.I.

Farley, William

Gagnon, Amedee


Leary, Edward James


Drafted to CD 23 on 01 Mar 1918 and 01 May 1918 as Mate, RNCVR

Moore, John Joseph


Purdon, John F.


Commanding Officer in 1918