For Posterity's Sake         

A Royal Canadian Navy Historical Project


Then Merchant Vessel EFTHALIA (1946)

Then YUSUF Z. ALIREZA (1948)

Then Merchant Vessel EVI (1955)

HMCS Baddeck K147 - 10 Jun 1944

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Laid down: 14 Aug 1940

Launched: 20 Nov 1940

Commissioned: 18 May 1941

Paid off: 04 Jul 1945

Fate: Wrecked 11 Mar 1966


Commissioned at Quebec City on 18 May 1941, Baddeck arrived at Halifax on 29 May 1941. She again left Quebec City late in Jun 1941 for Halifax, escorting SS Lady Rodney, but had to return to her builder's at Lauzon owing to an engine breakdown. In Sep 1941 the two set out from Halifax for Jamaica, but again Baddeck's engine failed, and she reached her destination only with difficulty. When further repairs had been completed, she was assigned to Newfoundland Command, leaving Sydney on 05 Oct 1941 for Iceland as ocean escort to convoy SC.48, which lost nine ships to U-boats. Engine repairs kept her at Hvalfjord, Iceland, until mid-Dec 1941 but failed to cure the problem and she was in dock at Halifax for the first six months of 1942. She worked up at Pictou in Jul 1942, then joined WLEF until allocated to duties in connection with the invasion of North Africa, arriving at Londonderry on 01 Nov 1942. For the next four months she escorted U.K.-Mediterranean convoys, returning to Halifax on 04 Apr 1943. Later that month Baddeck was assigned to ERG C-4 for two round trips to Londonderry, then in mid-Jul 1943 went to EG W-2, WLEF. In Aug 1943 she underwent a major refit at Liverpool, N.S., including fo'c's'le extension and, after working up in St. Margaret's Bay in Jan 1944, sailed in Mar 1944 to join EG 9, Londonderry. In Apr 1944 she transferred to Western Approaches Command for invasion escort duties, based at Portsmouth, and on 13 Jun 1944 beat off an attack by motor torpedo boats while so employed. In Sep 1944 she was transferred to Nore Command, based at Sheerness, escorting local convoys until her departure for home on 24 May 1945. She was paid off at Sorel on 04 Jul 1945 and sold for mercantile purposes in 1946, and renamed Efthalia. After a number of name-changes, she was lost ashore near Jeddah as the Greek-flag Evi on 11 Mar 1966.


Commanding Officers

Lt Alan Herbert Easton, RCNR - 18 May 1941 - 05 Apr 1942

Lt  William Ernest Nicholson, RCNR - 06 Apr 1942 - 20 Apr 1942

Lt Lysson Gordon Cumming, RCNVR - 21 Apr 1942 - 05 Oct 1942

Lt John Brock, RCNVR - 06 Oct 1942 - 17 Oct 1943

Lt G.C. Brown, RCNVR - 18 Oct 1943 - 19 Apr 1944

A/LCdr Frank Goddard Hutchings, RCNR - 20 Apr 1944 - 23 Jul 1944

Lt Claude Lane Campbell, RCNVR - 24 Jul 1944 - 14 Oct 1944

Lt Douglas Horton Tozer, RCNVR - 15 Oct 1944 - 04 Jul 1945


     In memory of those who have crossed the bar    

They shall not be forgotten


Bain, Glen Donald







Cox, Peter S.


Delaney, George Harold






Easton, Alan Herbert


Drafted to HMCS Baddeck on 10 Apr 1941 as Lt, RCNR, CO, standby / 18 May 1941, Lt, RCNR CO

Firth, Herbert Charles






Hawthorne, Charles







MacArthur, Charles Euwart


MacAulay, William Fraser


Medford, Kenneth Alleyne


Served in Baddeck 18 May 1941 - 05 Apr 1942 as OS/AB LR3, RCNVR. Commissioning crew




Olson, Carl Jonas


Osburn, Anthony George


Drafted to Baddeck 23 Jun 1941 as Lt, RCNVR, XO





Former Crew Members

Beardmore, Alfred George, Slt, RCNVR - 06 Apr 1942


Bichan, William James, A/Lt, RCNVR - 27 Jun 1941


Brissenden, Barry Samuel, Lt, RCNVR - 01 Mar 1944


Burns, Ronald Mavius, Slt, RCNVR - 18 May 1941


Carruthers, Colin Mackenzie, Slt, RCNVR - 24 Jul 1941


Dodds, Donald Jackson, Slt, RCNVR - 25 May 1942

Gertell, LS, LR3, Commissioning crew


Hickock, AB, Commissioning crew


Kent, William Gerald, Ch/Skpr, RCNR - 18 May 1941


Kirkendale, John, Slt, RCNR - 08 Jun 1942


Large, Ellsworth Field, Lt, RCNVR - 27 May 1942


Lumsden, Peter Digby, Slt, RCNVR - 23 Feb 1944

Mason, AB, QR2, Commissioning crew


McGuire, OS, Commissioning crew


McTagart, OS, Commissioning crew


Saunders, OS, Commissioning crew


Spindler, Fred Royal, Slt, RCNVR - 25 Apr 1942


Thomason, Francis Wilfred, Lt, RCNVR - 06 Apr 1942


Photos and Documents



Personal photo gallery of Anthony George Osburn

Personal photo gallery of Charles Hawthorne

Personal photo gallery of Kenneth Medford

Ship's company photos for HMCS Baddeck