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HMCS ARNPRIOR K494

 

Castle Class Corvette

 


 

HMCS ARNPRIOR K494

Source: IWM Ministry of Defence Foxhill Collection of Ship Photographs FL 1020

 

Laid down: 21 Jun 1943

Launched: 08 Feb 1944

Transferred to the RCN: 08 Jun 1944

Commissioned: 08 Jun 1944

Paid off: 14 Mar 1946

Fate: Sold to Uruguayan navy in 1946. Paid off in 1975. Final disposition unknown.

 

Laid down as HMS Rising Castle K398, she was built by Harland & Wolff Ltd., Belfast, Ireland. After completion, in the midst of a dockyard strike, she was transferred and commissioned into the RCN on 08 Jun 1944 as HMCS ARNPRIOR K494 (renamed on the day she was commissioned). After working up at Tobermory she joined EG C-1 at Londonderry in August, leaving on 19 Aug 1944 to join her first convoy, ONM.249. ARNPRIOR was continuously employed as an ocean escort for the balance of the war. At the beginning of Jun 1945, she left Greenock for St. John's, where she underwent a two-month refit, and from September was based at Halifax. She was paid off there on 14 Mar 1946, and sold later that year to the Uruguayan Navy, which renamed her Montevideo and operated her as a training ship until 1975. (Mcpherson / Burgess - Ship's of Canada's Naval Forces 1910-1981)

 


 

Log entries for HMCS ARNPRIOR for her first transatlantic convoy and shortly thereafter:

 

20 Aug 1944 - 20:00 zig-zagging in position;  23:23 engine stopped;  23:33 investigate contact;  23:40 in station

22 Aug 1944 - 09:30 rounding up stragglers;  10:25 fog lifts slightly

28 Aug 1944 - arrive St. John's

30 Aug 1944 - swimming and baseball party ashore

06 Sep 1944 - off to Londonderry

04 Oct 1944 -  ARNPRIOR comes along side HMCS CHEBOGUE which had been torpedoed to lend assistance.

 

The following paragraph from a letter written by A/LCdr, Stuart Thom, dated 29/5/45 held in the National Library and Archives Canada, gives an account of the Arnprior's convoy duty:  "It was not our good fortune to participate in any spectacular engagements with the enemy, but during the course of our 14 North Atlantic convoys, not one ship was lost. On no occasion ... did we miss a sailing date because of some defect and we never failed to finish a voyage on schedule". (Researched by / Courtesy of Gary King)

 


 

Ship's company photos          Photos and Documents          Convoys escorted during WW2

 

The ARNPRES - 25 Dec 1944 (Special Christmas Edition)

 


 

Commanding Officers

 

A/LCdr Stuart Douglas Thom, RCNVR - 08 Jun 1944 - 27 Aug 1945

 

A/LCdr Thomas Bottrell Edwards, RCNR - 28 Aug 1945 - 14 Mar 1946

 


 

     In memory of those who have crossed the bar    

They shall not be forgotten

 

 


 

Former Crew Members

 

Blair, John Andrew, Lt, RCNVR - 22 Feb 1945

 

Gore, Stanley John, War (E), RCNR - 22 Feb 1944

 

Hay, Thomas Douglas Haig, A/Wt (E), RCNVR - 31 Mar 1945

 

Hurst, Charles Kenneth, Lt, RCNVR - 30 Mar1945

 

MacDonald, Frank Van Evary (Evart??), Lt, RCNVR - 08 Jun 1944 / 09 May 1945

 

Maxwell, William Watson, A/Wt (E), RCN - 08 Jun 1944

Medland, Ross Irwin Read, Lt, RCNVR - 08 Jun 1945 / 09 May 1945

 

Osborne, Robert Douglas, SLt, RCNVR - 18 Feb 1945

 

Park, Edgar Lorimer, Lt (E), RCNVR - 07 May 1945

 

Paterson, James Ross, A/War (E), RCNVR - Jan 1945

 

Staples, J.C., Lt, RCNVR

 

Wilkinson, Hugh Malcolm, SLt (El) (R), RCNVR - 12 Feb 1945

 


 

Photos and Documents

 

 

Letter from Lt. S. D. Thom, CO, HMCS ARNPRIOR to the Senior Canadian Naval Officer London re the disposition of officers appointed to HMCS ARNPRIOR while she is under construction - dated 18 Apr 1944

 

Officers mentioned in the letter:  Lt R.I. Medland,  C.V. Laughton and J.C. Staples, all RCNVR and Mate J.C. Bennett, RCNR

 

Source: Library and Archives of Canada

 

Courtesy of Gary King

 

HMCS ARNPRIOR K494 (centre) and HMCS Hallowell K666 (right).  Ship on left unknown

From the Photo collection of Hugh A. Benson

Courtesy of Doug Benson

HMCS ARNPRIOR K494

 

From the collection of Tom Coyle, Sto 1c, RCNVR

 

Courtesy of Elaine Desnoyers

HMCS ARNPRIOR K494

From the collection of John Boothman

Courtesy of Dave Boothman

HMCS ARNPRIOR alongside in St John's, Nfld with the surrendered U-190 across the jetty from her.  ML Q095 in the background

Courtesy of Bill Perks

The White Ensign flies over the Kreigsmarine Naval Ensign on the surrendered U-190 at St. John's, NFLD

HMCS ARNPRIOR in the background

From the collection of Nick Vukson

Courtesy of John Vukson

HMCS ARNPRIOR K494

 

DND / RCN Photo

 


 

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(DK001) Three Castle Class Corvettes alongside - HMCS ARNPRIOR K494 inboard. (believed to be St. John's, Nfld)  (DK002) Unidentified sailor on HMCS ARNPRIOR K494 holding ship's mascot  (DK003) Unidentified sailor on HMCS ARNPRIOR K494 holding ship's mascot  (DK004) Unidentified sailor on HMCS ARNPRIOR K494  (DK005) Unidentified sailor asleep on the deck on HMCS ARNPRIOR K494 (note: you learn to sleep when you get the chance)

 

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(DK006) Unidentified sailors on HMCS ARNPRIOR K494  (DK007) Unidentified sailor on HMCS ARNPRIOR K494  (BK008) HMCS ARNPRIOR's shipboard newspaper - 25 Dec 1944 (Special Edition)

 

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(DK009-DK012) HMCS ARNPRIOR's Dec 1944 Christmas Menu

 

From the collection of Dalton Kaye, Tel, RCNVR

 

Courtesy of Steve Kaye

 


 

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(MB55) Marshall Burns (centre) and unknown shipmates on HMCS ARNPRIOR  (MB56) Marshall Burns with ship's mascot on HMCS APRPRIOR  (MB57) Marshall Burns (left) with unknown shipmates on HMCS ARNPRIOR  (MB58) Marshall Burns (right) with unknown shipmates on HMCS ARNPRIOR  (MB59) Unknown sailor by the ready-use magazine on HMCS ARNPRIOR

 

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(MB60-MB63) Unknown sailors on HMCS ARNPRIOR

 

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(MB64) Marshall Burns on HMCS ARNPRIOR  (MB65) Unknown sailors on HMCS ARNPRIOR  (MB66) Marshall Burns (right) with unknown sailor on HMCS ARNPRIOR  (MB67) Unknown sailors by the forward gun on HMCS ARNPRIOR.  (note: based on their dress and the casual look of things they likely are doing gun drills alongside)

 

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(MB68) Caption on news publication: When Wrens came aboard HMCS ARNPRIOR in Newfoundland for a ship's party, Leading Seaman Marshall Burns of Ottawa thought they'd like to see the wheelhouse of their fine castle class corvette. Interested onlookers are Wren Margaret Wood of MONTREAL, Wren Joan Shannon of MARMORA, Ontario; and Wren Gwen Bill of RED DEER, Alberta.  Royal Canadian Photography - Navy Information Section - Negative No 2859

 

From the collection of Marshall Burns, LS.LR, RCNVR

 

Courtesy of the Burns family

 


 

Convoys escorted during WW2

 

Convoy Desig.

Convoy Departs from

Arrives at

Join as escort

Depart Convoy 

ON.249

Liverpool (18 Aug 1944)

New York City (02 Sep 1944)

19 Aug 1944

27 Aug 1944

HX.306

New York City (31 Aug 1944) 

Liverpool (17 Sep 1944)

06 Sep 1944

17 Sep 1944

ONS.33

Liverpool (29 Sep 1944)

Halifax (14 Oct 1944)

30 Sep 1944

10 Oct 1944

ON.265

Southend (08 Nov 1944)

New York City (23 Nov 1944)

10 Nov 1944

19 Nov 1944

HX.322

New York City (24 Nov 1944)

Liverpool (08 Dec 1944)

29 Nov 1944

07 Dec 1944

ON.273

Southend (18 Dec 1944)

New York City (04 Jan 1945)

19 Dec 1944

30 Dec 1944

HX.330

New York City (03 Jan 1945)

Liverpool (17 Jan 1945)

07 Jan 1945

17 Jan 1945

ONS.41

Liverpool (29 Jan 1945)

Halifax (20 Feb 1945)

30 Jan 1945

15 Feb 1945

HX.338

New York City (18 Feb 1945)

Liverpool (03 Mar 1945)

23 Feb 1945

03 Mar 1945

ONS.44

Liverpool (12 Mar 1945)

Halifax (31 Mar 1945)

12 Mar 1945

27 Mar 1945

ONS.48

Liverpool (21 Apr 1945)

Halifax (04 May 1945)

21 Apr 1945

30 Apr 1945

HX.355

New York City (09 May 1945)

Liverpool (25 May 1945)

11 May 1945

25 May 1945

 


 

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