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A Royal Canadian Navy Historical Project


Former RCNVR Half Company Port Arthur

Naval Reserve Unit

Thunder Bay, ON


125 Algoma Street North, Thunder Bay


First established on 03 May 1937 as the RCNVR Half-Company Port Arthur, it shared quarters with the Lake Superior Regiment at the Port Arthur Armoury. On 01 Nov 1941, she was re-named HMCS Griffon and commissioned as a tender to HMCS Naden. On 01 Sep 1942 she was re-commissioned as an independent shore establishment. HMCS Griffon moved into its current location at 125 Algoma St North in 1944.

Photos and Documents


Commanding Officers




Photos and Documents


First Draft, Port Arthur, ON, 1939


Donald Dynes, front row, 1st on right


From the collection of Donald V. Dynes

Courtesy of Bill Dynes