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A Royal Canadian Navy Historical Project




Then Gate Vessel 16


HMCS ARLEUX circa 1918


Launched: 09 Aug 1917

Commissioned: 05 Jun 1918

Paid off: 30 Jun 1922

Re-commissioned: 13 Sep 1939

Paid off: 15 Feb 1946

Fate: Foundered Aug 1948


Built at Montreal and commissioned on 05 Jun 1918, ARLEUX saw only brief service before being handed over to the Fisheries Protection Services, though in common with several sisters she remained nominally a naval patrol vessel until 30 Jun 1922. As a fishery patrol vessel she frequently acted as mother ship to the winter haddock-fishing fleet off the east coast. Taken up again by the RCN, she was commissioned 13 Sep 1939, and in 1940 designated Gate Vessel 16 at Halifax. She was sold for commercial use on 15 Feb 1946, and foundered 19 Aug 1948 off White Heady Bay, N.S.


Commanding Officers

A/Lt Norman Allen Hagen, RCNVR - 24 May 1944 - unk (GV 16)



     In memory of those who have crossed the bar    

They shall not be forgotten

Allen, Albert


Drafted to Arleux on 17 Jun 1918 as Ch/Skpr, RCN

Conrad, Elward R.

Harper, John


Appointed to Arleux on 17 Jun 1918 as Mate, RNCVR

Morrison, Charles


Appointed to Arleux on 17 Jun 1918 as A/Art (E), RCN

Rafuse, George L.

Swansburg, Robert Irwin







Former Crew Members

Sands, John Gaskin Wallace, A/Lt, RCNVR (GV #16) - 26 Jul 1944





Photos and Documents




DND / RCN Photo