Floating Barracks



HMCS Avalon II (ex SS Georgian) in St. John's, Nfld in 1942

From the collection Roger Litwiller

Courtesy of Ross Milligan, RCNR (RTL-REM037)

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Acquired by RCN: Jun 1941

Fate: Unknown


HMCS Avalon II was the former Great Lakes Steamer Georgian. She was acquired by the RCN in Jun 1941 to be used as floating barracks at St. John's, NFLD, for HMCS Avalon due to the expansion of the roll of St. John's as a convoy hub. HMCS Avalon continued to use her as a floating barracks even after more barracks were built ashore.



The Naval Service of Canada - Activities on shore during the Second World War



Commanding Officers


LCdr Harold Wilson Balfour, RCNVR - 30 Mar 42 - unk


LCdr Joseph Joachim Deslaurriers, RCNR - 27 Jul 1943 - unk 



     In memory of those who have crossed the bar    

They shall not be forgotten




Former Crew Members


Arbuckle, John Cameron, SLt, RCNVR - 04 Jul 1944


Bonnell, Henry Nathan, Lt (E), RCNR - 10 Mar 1942


Cook, Thomas Stephenson, Lt, RCNVR - 12 May 1944

Cunningham, William Ford, Surg/Lt, RCNVR - 05 Jun 1943


Deakin, Ernest, Wt (E), RCNR - 03 Mar 1942


Douglas, Alan St. Clair, Surg/Lt, RCNVR - 01 Apr 1944

Lavoie, Joseph Cyrille, A/War (E), RCNR - 22 Feb 1944


Robinson, Peter Lewis, SLt, RCNVR - 24 Feb 1944


Webster, Edgar Francis, lt, RCNVR - 26 Jun 1942



HMCS AVALON II with Royal Navy sub P554 alongside at St. John's, Newfoundland

RCN Photo # NR-2141

Courtesy of the Comox RCAF Museum