Clemson Class Destroyer (USN)


Town Class Destroyer (RCN)



HMCS ANNAPOLIS I04 after having one stack and one boiler removed

DND / RCN Photo

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Laid down: 04 Jul 1918

Launched: 29 Sep 1919

Commissioned: 25 Jul 1919

Paid off: 1922

Re-commissioned: 1940

Paid off: 24 Sep 1940

Transferred to RCN : 24 Sep 1940

Commissioned: 24 Sep 1940

Paid off: 04 Jun 1945

Fate: Broken up at Boston 1945


Commissioned on 25 Jul 1919 as USS MACKENZIE, she served three years with the U.S. Pacific Fleet before being laid up in reserve at Mare Island, California, in 1922. Briefly commissioned again during the first year of the Second World War, she arrived at Halifax on 24 Sep 1940 and there, four days later, was transferred to the RCN. A month later she burned out her No. 4 boiler and as a result had her aftermost funnel removed. Owing to reduced endurance, ANNAPOLIS never crossed the Atlantic, but spent her entire RCN career with Western Local Escort Force (WLEF). In Jun 1943, she became a member of EG W-8 and later, for a short time, W-10. In Apr 1944, she was relegated to training duties at HMCS CORNWALLIS, also functioning as escort to RN submarines between Halifax and Digby, N.S. Paid off at Halifax, 04 Jun 1945, she left later that month in tow for Boston, where she was broken up.



Photos and Documents          Ship's company photos



Commanding Officers


A/Cdr Harry. Kingsley, RCN - 24 Sep 1940 - 10 Oct 1940

Cdr Colin Degge Donald, RCN - 11 Oct 1940 - 28 Mar 1941

LCdr Frank Creighton Smith, RCNR - 29 Mar 1941 - 01 Jul 1942

A/LCdr Geoffrey Huntley Davidson, RCN - 02 Jul 1942 - 04 Oct 1942

LCdr R.F. Harris, RCNR - 05 Oct 1942 - 14 Oct 1942

A/LCdr Geoffrey Huntley Davidson, RCN - 15 Oct 1942 - 03 Dec 1942

LCdr A.G. Boulton, RCNVR - 04 Dec 1942 - 02 Mar 1944

LCdr Hubert Charles Walmesley, RCNR - 03 Mar 1944 - 15 Apr 1945

Skpr/Lt Clyde Courtenay Clattenburg, RCNR - 16 Apr 1945 - 04 Jun 1945



     In memory of those who have crossed the bar    

They shall not be forgotten


Agar, Robert J.

Annesley, John C. L.

Baker, J. Aubrey

Basil, Jim

Benoit, Francis G.

Bennett, George M.

Berryman, Jack G.

Botham, Robert J.

Bourbonnais, Joseph

Brown, Wilfred L.

Brownlow, Daniel P. M.

Brozovich, Walter

Campbell, Claude R.

Colbeck, Arthur W.

Cummings, Kealey

Darveau, J. H. Maurice

Donald, Colin Degge

Fletcher, Jackson

Goodale, William

Grossman, Henry

Hawley, James W.

Higgs, Herbert G.

Keating, Joseph B.

Jewett, George S.

Kingsley, Harry

Knight, Herbert R.

Lennox, Harvey A.

Lotocki, Myron W.

MacDonald, James W.

MacKenzie, Charles A.

MacLean, Cameron R.

Maguire, John W.

Malin, Richard R. G.

McLeod, Cathel J.

Miller, Lloyd K.

Neilson, Andrew L.

Oliver, Owen J.

Osborne, Harry

Reid, John M.

Salt, Henry S.

Spurrell, Walter

Stephen, Samuel S.

Stevens, John F.

Stevenson, James C. R.

Stuart, George E.

Timbrell, Robert W.

Turcot, Marc M. R.

Williams, Charles T.

Williams, James J.

Young, David A.



Former Crew Members


Barber, John Delury, Lt, RCNVR


Barker, James Price, Lt, RCNVR - 28 Jul 1941


Beauchemin, Marcel, SLT, RCNVR - 14 Mar 1944


Chenoweth, Ian Bryce, SLT, RCNVR - 26 May 1941


Cross, Edward Alexander, A/Lt, RCNR - 04 Jun 1941


Despres, Louis Gerald Fabian, Cd (E), RCNR - 23 Mar 1942


Dodds, James Robert, Surg/Lt, RCNVR - 21 Jul 1941


Giffin, Averd Earle, Lt, RCNVR - 27 Jul 1943

Henderson, Hugh Larratt, Lt, RCNVR - 02 Feb 1943


James, Ralph Gordon, Lt, RCNVR - 24 Jul 1942


Langs, Thomas Erland, SLT (E), RCNVR - 10 Mar 1943


Lloyd, John Frederic, Lt (E), RCNR - 11 Jul 1942


MacDonald, Charles Croft, Surg/Lt, RCNVR - 06 Jul 1942


McCormack, Bernard Thomas, Lt, RCNVR - 20 May 1941


Nesbitt, Wallace Bickford, A/Lt, RCNVR - 08 Mar 1944

Oppe, James Stephan, Lt, RCNVR - 06 Feb 1942


Russell, J.A., LS - Dec 1940


Stewart, Charles Gordon, Surg/Lt, RCNVR - Jan 1944


Wentz, Charles Frederick Rupert, Lt, RCNVR - Jan 1942


Wainman-Wood, Thomas Blake Burrill, SLT, RCNVR - 26 Jul 1943


Whittingham, Maurice Alfred, Lt, RCNVR - 06 Mar 1944


William, Owen Stephen, A/Lt, RCNVR - 07 Mar 1944



Photos and Documents


HMCS Annapolis I04

From the collection of Eldred Smith

Courtesy of Paul Smith

HMCS Annapolis I04 circa Sep/Oct 1940

From the collection of Roy T. Cardy

Courtesy of Dennis Cardy

HMCS Annapolis I04

From the collection of Albert Abercrombie

Courtesy of Bill Abercrombie

HMCS Annapolis I04

From the collection of Albert Abercrombie

Courtesy of Bill Abercrombie

William Goodale, Steward, V40389, RCNVR - when William was on HMCS Annapolis, his action station was the depth charge launchers. He recounted one story of his time on Annapolis to his family where he remembered how every time the ship entered port the Chief ERA would get drunk because the engines and boilers were such a nightmare to work on.

L/Sto Bennett on HMCS Annapolis I04 - Dec 1941

From the collection of George Bennett

Courtesy of Don Bennett

HMCS Annapolis I04

From the collection of Kenneth Marlatt

Courtesy of Judy Agis

Ships in HMC Dockyard, Halifax


Outboard destroyer, HMCS Annapolis I04, outboard minesweeper, HMCS Drummondville J253


From the collection of Albert William Abercrombie

Courtesy of Bill Abercrombie

HMCS ANNAPOLIS I04 off the approaches to Halifax harbour


From the collection of François Messier, AB, RCNVR


Courtesy of Denis Messier







(CC23) HMCS ANNAPOLIS I04 (outboard ship) at St. John's, NFLD  (CC24 L-R: Kennedy, Campbell, Simms, Gill, Dicks, Kneen on HMCS ANNAPOLIS  (CC25) Bringing in the whaler on HMCS ANNAPOLIS  (CC26) Depth charge exploding astern of HMCS ANNAPOLIS during a training exercise (CC27) Ice-covered depth charges on the quarterdeck of HMCS ANNAPOLIS (webmaster's note:  even in moderate seas her quarterdeck was awash)







(CC28) HMCS ANNAPOLIS towing a corvette  (CC29) L-R: Unknown, Campbell, Simms, Kells on HMCS ANNAPOLIS  (CC30) HMCS ANNAPOLIS - looking forward from just aft of the torpedo tubes  (CC31) Unidentified sailors working on the depth charges on HMCS ANNAPOLIS  (CC32) LTO Claude Campbell (left) with shipmate on the stern of HMCS ANNAPOLIS







(CC33) HMCS ANNAPOLIS (senior ship) leading corvettes  (CC34) Depth charge rails on HMCS ANNAPOLIS  (CC35) Claude Campbell (front) looking a little dirty after maintenance duties on HMCS ANNAPOLIS  (CC36) Breech clear.  Sailors jacking around on HMCS ANNAPOLIS.  Claude Campbell being held by gun breech  (CC37) Boat deck on HMCS ANNAPOLIS







(CC38) HMCS ANNAPOLIS in dry dock.  This photo is shortly after her commission in the RCN as she still has all four of the funnels  (CC39) No 1 gun on HMCS ANNAPOLIS  (CC40) HMCS HAMILTON I24  (CC41) Battleship HMS REVENGE  (CC42) Shipmates ashore - Campbell, Kells, Lawrence







(CC43) Sailors on the quarterdeck of HMCS ANNAPOLIS  (CC44) HMCS HAMILTON I24  (CC45) "On watch at guns" on HMCS ANNAPOLIS  (CC46) USS WOOLSEY DD-437  (CC47) Unidentified 4-stacker  







(CC48) Troopship "EMPRESS OF RUSSIA"  (CC49) USS ERICKSON  (CC50) Freighter in convoy  (CC51) Jack Kells on the after gun mount on HMCS ANNAPOLIS  (CC52) Gun crews at forward gun on HMCS ANNAPOLIS







(CC53) Sailors on the quarter deck of HMCS ANNAPOLIS.  Claude Campbell 1st on right  (CC54) Unidentified sailor on HMCS ANNAPOLIS   (CC55) Sailors on the quarterdeck of HMCS ANNAPOLIS - Claude Campbell 1st on right  (CC56) Torpedo tubes on HMCS ANNAPOLIS  (CC57) A corvette and a Dutch submarine



(CC58) Sailor sitting on ready-use ammunition rack for the after gun mount on HMCS ANNAPOLIS


From the collection of PO Claude Campbell, RCNVR


Courtesy of Hal Campbell