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HMCS ARRAS J15

 

Then Gate Vessel 15

 

HMCS ARRAS circa 1940

DND / RCN photo

 

Launched: 15 Sep 1917

Commissioned: 08 Jul 1918

Paid off: 01 Apr 1919

Re-commissioned: 11 Sep 1939

Paid off: 01 Apr 1946

Fate: Broken up 1957

 

Built at Kingston, Arras was in commission from Jul 1918 to 1919, when she was transferred to the Fisheries Protection Services and became a fishery protection vessel. As such, she frequently served as hospital ship to the Grand Banks fishing fleet. Taken up again by the RCN, she was in service from 11 Sep 1939 to 01 Apr 1946. Initially stationed at Halifax, from mid-1941 she was employed at Sydney, N.S., as Gate Vessel 15, and was extensively damaged by fire in Nov 1943. She was broken up at Halifax in 1957.

 

Photos and Documents

 

Commanding Officers

Mate Harry John Clarke, RNCVR - 07 Jul 1918 - unk

Lt Antoine Herbert Cassivi, RCNR - 28 Jan 1941 - unk

Lt John Willis, RCNR - 15 May 1941 - unk

Lt John Willis, RCNR - 17 Apr 1943 - unk

Lt William James Arsenault, RCNR - 26 Apr 1945 - 01 Apr 1946

 

     In memory of those who have crossed the bar    

They shall not be forgotten

Butson, Harold

____-1988

Clarke, Harry John

____-____

Commanding Officer

1918

Cole, W. Arthur

Lees, Joseph A.W.

Mulock, Arthur F.

Swansburg, Robert Irwin

____-1955

Served in FPS Arras 1919

Tilbury, Albert E.

 

 

 

 

Former Crew Members

Burke, Alexander James, A/Skpr, RCNR - 03 Jul 1940

 

Burnham, Gordon Cameron, A/Skpr, RCNR - 17 Feb 1940

 

Campbell, Colin Stewart, A/Lt, RCNVR - 13 Jun 1941

 

Corbite, Same, C.E.R.A. - 1940

 

Douglas, Ian, Lt, RCNVR - 15 May 1941

Evelyn John, A/Lt, RCNR - 21 Apr 1940

 

Flower, Richard, Slt, RCNVR - 20 May 1943

 

Kenney, Reginald Ray, Lt, RCNR - 04 May 1940

 

Merriam, Sidney Leslie, Ch/Skpr, RCNR - 21 Apr 1941

Oxford, Raymond, Skpr, RCNR - 17 May 1941 / Ch/Skpr, RCNR - 18 Apr 1943

 

Raine, John Buxton, Mate, RCNR - 05 May 1940

 

Taylor, Donald Archibald Ross, Lt, RCNVR - 22 Jun 1945 (GV #15)

 

Photos and Documents

 

Sam Corbite, C.E.R.A. on HMCS ARRAS in 1940

From the collection of Joseph Ambrose Walter Lees

Coutesy of Art Lees

HMCS ARRAS in Drydock - c1918-19

 

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