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HMCS ARMENTIÈRES

HMCS Armentières, 09 Dec 1940

Source: The Ships of Canada's Naval Forces 1910-1981 by Ken Macpherson & John Burgess

 

Launched: 11 Aug 1917

Commissioned: 05 Jun 1918

Paid off: 28 Oct 1919 - transferred to Dept. of Fisheries

Returned to RCN:

Re-commissioned: 05 May 1923

Sunk: 02 Sep 1925

Re-floated: 26 Oct 1925

Re-commissioned: 1926

Paid off: 08 Feb 1946

Fate: Lost somewhere off South American. Deleted from the ship's registry in 1991.

 

Commissioned from 05 Jun 1918 to 28 Oct 1919. After the war she was loaded to the Fisheries Dept. Returned to the RCN, Armentières re-entered naval service on 05 May 1923 only to be sunk in Pipestem Inlet, B.C., on 02 Sep 1925. Re-floated on 26 Oct 1925, she was re-commissioned the following year and continued in service, primarily as a training ship, but with occasional intervals on fishery patrol. In the spring Armentières used to escort the fur seals en route to their breeding grounds in the Pribilof Islands, to protect them from illegal hunting procedures. From 1934 until the outbreak of the Second World War she was the only one of her class still in naval service. She served as an examination vessel at Prince Rupert throughout most of the war. After the end of the war, she was paid off and sold, and entered mercantile service becoming A.G. Garrish in 1947, later renamed Arctic Rover in 1958, Laforce in 1962 and Polaris in 1973. In 1978 she was engaged in carry tourists from St. Maarten to St. Barts. In 1980 she was engaged in the drug trade. She was lost somewhere in South America.

 

Photos and Documents         Ship's company photos

 

Commanding Officers

Ch/Skpr John Baillies, RCN - 05 Jun 1918 - unk

Lt George Berkeley Fraser Barnes, Lt, RCN - 01 May 1923 - unk

Lt Colin Degge Donald, RCN - 09 Apr 1925 - unk

LCdr Henry Wickens Stephers Soulsby, RCN - 22 May 1930 - unk

LCdr Harold Reed Tingley, RCN - 06 Jul 1933 - unk

LCdr Maurice Adrian Wood, RCN - 29 Jan 1934 - unk

LCdr Henry Wickens Stephens Soulsby, RCN - 15 Apr 1935 - unk

Lt T. MacDuff, RCNR - 01 Sep 1939 - unk

A/LCdr Archibald Morrison Henderson, RCNR - 17 Jun 1940 - unk

Lt Anthony Hubert Gleadow Storrs, RCNR - 31 Mar 1941 - unk

Ch/Skpr James Edwin Moore, RCNR - 24 Jun 1941 - unk

Ch/Skpr George Billard, RCNR - 29 Jul 1941 - unk

Ch/Skpr Joseph Georges Armand Grandmaison, RCNR - 20 Feb 1942 - unk

Ch/Skpr William Edward Eccles, RCNR - 02 Mar 1942 - unk

Ch/Skpr J.D. McPhee, RCNR - 14 Dec 1942 - unk

Skpr/Lt G.F. Cassidy, RCNR - 20 Sep 1943 - unk

Skpr/Lt Harold Reginald Heslam Stratford, RCNR - 24 Jun 1944 - unk

Skpr/Lt W.E. Eccles, RCNR - 09 Dec 1944 - unk

Skpr/Lt Harold Reginald Heslam Stratford, RCNR - dates unk

Skpr/Lt J. Craig, RCNR - 07 Aug 1945 - unk

 

     In memory of those who have crossed the bar    

They shall not be forgotten

A-B

Baillies, John

____-____

Commanding Officer

05 Jun 1918

Barnes, George Berkeley Fraser

____-____

Commanding Officer

01 May 1923

Bernard, Pierre Yves

1918-2015

Burton, George Robert

1912-1981

 

C-D

Crisp, Nelson William

____-1983

Curry, Walter

1918-2017

Donald, Colin Degge

1899-1974

3rd Commanding Officer

 

 

E-F

Ethell, George Joseph

____-____

Served in Armentieres during WW 1

Ferguson, William Irwin

1913-1993

Freeman, David Henry

1912-2001

 

 

G-H

Grant, Frank

1919-2018

Hutton, Jack

Served in Armentieres 01 Jul 1928 - 22 Nov 1928 as a Sig, RCN

killed - 20 Sep 1943

while serving in

HMCS St Croix I81

 

 

 

I-J

Jones, Lloyd I.

1911-1991

 

 

 

 

K-L

Kelly, Fraser Jellett

1885-1942

Lipscombe, George

1899-1979

 

 

 

M-N

MacDonald, John Stuart

Served in Armentieres 10 Nov 1933 - 30 Nov 1934 as a Sto 1c, RCN

MPK - 31 Jan 1942

while on board

HMS Belmont

MacGillivray, John

1909-1988

Served in Armentieres in 1937

 

 

 

O-P

Paige, Leslie Arthur Coope

____-1952

 

 

 

 

Q-R

Redford, Walter

____-____

Drafted to Armentieres 05 Jun 1918 as Mate, RNCVR

Renfrew, Robert

____-____

Drafted to Armentieres 05 Jun 1918 as Art (E), RCN

Robertson, Theodore M.

Served in Armentieres 04 Feb 1938 - 01 Apr 1938 as a Sto 2c, RCN

killed - 20 Sep 1943

while serving in

HMCS St Croix I81

Russ, Frank Arseth

Served in Armentieres 11 Jan 1938 - 03 Feb 1938, 15 Feb 1938 - 11 Mar 1938 and 09 Nov 1938 - 29 Sep 1939 as a Tel, RCN

killed - 20 Sep 1943

while serving in

HMCS St Croix I81

 

S-T

Smith, Herbert Elerton

____-____

Drafted to Armentieres 30 Jun 1918 as Mate, RNCVR

Stearn, Arthur David

1921-2015

Storrs, Antony Hubert Gleadow

1907-2002

Commanding Officer

31 Mar 1941

 

 

W-X

Webb, Frederick Arthur Henry

____-1992

Wood, Maurice, Adrian

____-____

Commanding Officer

1934

 

 

 

 

Former Crew Members

Grandmaison, Joseph Georges Armand, Skpr, RCNR - 15 May 1942

 

Matte, Ciliten Joseph, Ch/Skpr, RCNR - 09 Jun 1944

Owen-Jones, Bernard Glyndwr Killen, Skpr, RCNR - 19 Jun 1942

 

Pearo, Lester Peter, Skpr/Lt, RCNR - 25 Apr 1945

 

Pressey, Arthur Roddy (Bully), LCdr, RCN - 29 May 1927

Sweeney, Edward Harold, Skpr, RCNR - 14 Jun 1941

 

Wilson, Alexander, Skpr, RCNR - 14 Jun 1941

 

Photos and Documents

 

HMCS Armentieres sinking in Pipestem Inlet, B.C., on 02 Sep 1925

Courtesy of the CFB Esquimalt Naval and Military Museum

HMCS Armentieres sinking in Pipestem Inlet, B.C., on 02 Sep 1925

Courtesy of the CFB Esquimalt Naval and Military Museum

HMCS Armentieres - 27 May 1933

Walter E. Frost Collection

City of Vancouver Archives

HMCS Armentieres

From the collection of LCdr Douglas J. Ford

Courtesy of Jay ford

HMCS Armentieres

From the collection of Jim Silvester

Courtesy of Jim Silvester

HMCS Armentieres in Esquimalt - 1937

From the collection of Jim Silvester

Courtesy of Jim Silvester

HMCS Armentieres in Campbell River, BC

From the collection of Jim Silvester

Courtesy of Jim Silvester

 

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