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Fisherman's Reserve Vessel BILLOW FY25

Fishermen's Reserve Vessel Billow FY25

Courtesy of Dave Shirlaw, Seawaves Magazine, RCN News


Acquired by the RCN: 01 Jan 1942

Re-designated: 1945 as CNAV Billow

Removed from service: 1960

Fate: Sold to private interests. Final disposition unknown.


Billow FY 25 was the former Japanese trawler Kurashio. Owned by Chosuka Nakamura, she was seized by the Canadian government and assigned to the Fisherman's Reserve in Jan 1942. After the fisherman's reserve was disbanded, Billow became a patrol boat and in the summer of 1944 was converted for use as a water boat at Prince Rupert. After becoming a CNAV in 1945, she continued as a water boat and later used as a range vessel at Patricia Bay and Nanoose Bay. Declared surplus in 1960 she was removed from service and sold.


Commanding Officers

Cox'n Robert Dougal Patterson, RCNR - 03 Feb 1942 - unk



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Former Crew Members

Chadwick, Charles Robert, Bos'n, RCNVR - 16 May 1944


Secord, Wilfred Leroy, Slt, RCNVR - 14 Apr 1944

Skibo, Mereom, Cox'n, RCNR - 09 Apr 1942

Thomas, William James, Skpr/Coxn, RCNR - 27 Feb 1943