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HMCS BARRIE K138

HMCS BARRIE K138

Source: Canadian War Museum George Metcalf Archival Collection CWM 19870211-071

 

Laid down: 4 Apr 1940

Launched: 23 Nov 1940

Commissioned: 12 May 1941

Paid off: 26 Jun 1945

Fate: Broken up in 1972

 

Commissioned at Montreal on 12 May 1941, BARRIE arrived at Halifax on 24 May 1941 and was initially employed as a local escort out of Sydney. On 05 Sep 1941 she left Sydney to join convoy SC.43 for Iceland, but defects necessitated her sailing on to Belfast for two months' refit. She served as a mid-ocean escort until May 1942, when she was assigned to WLEF on her return from Londonderry with ON.91, and she remained with this force until the end of the war. When individual escort groups were formed by WLEF in Jun 1943, she became a member of EG W-1, and continued so except for brief service with EG W-8 in the fall of 1944. In mid-Mar 1944, she commenced a long refit, including fo'c's'le extension, at Liverpool, N.S., working up at Bermuda afterward in August. On 19 May 1945, she left New York with HX.357, her last convoy, and was paid off on 26 Jun 1945 at Sorel. Sold for merchant service in 1947, she became the Argentinean Gasestado but was taken over by the Argentinean Navy in 1957. Converted to a hydrographic survey vessel she was renamed Capitan Canepa. One of Capitan Canepa most important tasks was a survey in 1967 to delineate the contested territorial waters between Argentina, Uruguay, and Brazil. The survey quite possibly averted war. After more than 30 years service to two navies, she was paid off and broken up in 1972.

 


 

Photos and Documents          Ship's company photos          The Ship's Bell

 


 

Commanding Officers

 

Lt Roy Milton Mosher, RCNR - 12 May 1941 - 09 Jan 1942

Ch/Skpr George Norval Downey, RCNR - 10 Jan 1942 - 28 Mar 1942

A/LCdr Roy Milton Mosher, RCNR - 29 Mar 1942 - 08 Oct 1943

Lt D.R. Watson, RCNR - 09 Oct 1943 - 18 Mar 1944

Lt Harry Ogilvie Magill, RCNVR - 19 Mar 1944 - 15 Jun 1944

Lt William Davis Stokvis, RCNVR - 16 Jun 1944 - 26 Jun 1945

  


 

     In memory of those who made the ultimate sacrifice    

     Lest We Forget     

 

BULLOCK, Harold Lorne

L/Sig, V2314, RCNVR

died - 20 Apr 1942

COOK, Thomas Alfred

OS, V24177, RCNVR

died - 26 Jun 1941

  


 

     In memory of those who have crossed the bar    

They shall not be forgotten

 

 


 

Former Crew Members

 

Boxer, Donald Edward, SLt, RCNVR - Appointed to Barrie 19 Feb 1944 as a SLt, RCNVR

 

Caldwell, Frank R. L/Sig

 

Campbell, Gordon Cook, Lt, RCNVR - Jan 1942

 

Carr, Edward Frederick Lt, RCNVR - 28 Apr 1945

 

Colcomb, Richard McQuat, Slt, RCNVR - 13 Apr 1943

 

Cox, "Newfie", AB

 

David, William Rowland, A/Wt (E), RCNR - 15 Mar 1944

 

Davis, Marould (Bill), Sto PO, RCNR (of Pictou, NS) - 1945

Downey, George Norval, Ch/Skpr, RCNR - 12 May 1941

 

English, Howard, Co'xn

 

Fox, Edward Ferrand, Lt, RCNVR - 15 Feb 1942

 

Gunn, John W., V73228, RCNVR - 1944

 

Hudson, Bill

 

Kirby

 

Krismous, Bill

 

Knowles, Ronald Douglas, Slt, RCNVR - Jan 1944

Magill, Harry Ogilvie, Lt, RCNVR - 14 Mar 1943

 

Martin, Maxwell, Buffer

 

Mathews, George Randle, Lt, RCNVR - 06 Jul 1942

 

Mavety, George Alexander, Slt, RCNVR - 12 May 1941

 

McMahon, Harold (Shadow), Sto, RCNR (of Sarnia, ON) - 1945

 

Pastachak, William, Radar/Sonar

 

Sheard, Terence G. (Terry), AB, RCNVR

 

Sheedy, Jack

 


 

Photos and Documents

 

 

        

HMCS BARRIE K138

RCN Photos

From the collection of James Wilson

Courtesy of Gail Darby

 

HMCS BARRIE’s gunshield art taken in St. John’s NF in 1943

Roger Litwiller Collection, courtesy Ross Milligan, RCNR. (RTL-REM170)

Unknown sailor on HMCS BARRIE K138

Source: Flickr photo collection of Ron Bell

Douglas W. Moore on HMCS BARRIE K138

From the collection of Douglas Moore

Courtesy of Harold Moore

HMCS BARRIE K138

From the collection of Douglas Moore

Courtesy of Harold Moore

Doug Moore (with cigar) and unidentified shipmate scrubbing the deck on HMCS BARRIE K138

From the collection of Douglas Moore

Courtesy of Harold Moore

Doug Moore on HMCS BARRIE K138

From the collection of Douglas Moore

Courtesy of Harold Moore

A couple of sailors from HMCS BARRIE K138 enjoying some time ashore in New York, NY

From the collection of Douglas Moore

Courtesy of Harold Moore

Unknown sailors on HMCS BARRIE K138

Note the sailor with the six-gun

From the collection of Douglas Moore

Courtesy of Harold Moore

Doug Moore standing by the depth charge racks on HMCS BARRIE K138

From the collection of Douglas Moore

Courtesy of Harold Moore

Doug Moore (right) and shipmates on HMCS BARRIE K138

From the collection of Douglas Moore

Courtesy of Harold Moore

HMCS BARRIE K138 (foreground) conducting a stern fueling from an unknown tanker

From the collection of Douglas Moore

Courtesy of Harold Moore

Depth charge exploding astern of HMCS BARRIE K138

From the collection of Douglas Moore

Courtesy of Harold Moore

A blimp passing over a convoy

From the collection of Douglas Moore

Courtesy of Harold Moore

Unknown ship off Bermuda - possibly a work-ups consort

Photo taken from HMCS BARRIE

From the collection of Douglas Moore

Courtesy of Harold Moore

Bill Krismous and Kirby shooting dice

From the collection of Douglas Moore

Courtesy of Harold Moore

Bill Hudson on HMCS BARRIE K138

From the collection of Douglas Moore

Courtesy of Harold Moore

RMS Queen Mary

Photo taken from HMCS BARRIE K138

From the collection of Douglas Moore

Courtesy of Harold Moore

Sailors on HMCS BARRIE K138 with a kite adorned with Swatikas

From the collection of James Wilson

Courtesy of Gail Darby

Two sailors on HMCS BARRIE about to cut into a cake

From the collection of James Wilson

Courtesy of Gail Darby

Sto PO James Wilson about to flash up the boiler on HMCS BARRIEr K138

From the collection of James Wilson

Courtesy of Gail Darby

Three newspaper articles on HMCS BARRIEr and her crew:

 

1)  HMCS BARRIE braves Atlantic storms and war's hazards

 

2)  Ship is Sunk, 14 Rescued

 

3) Corvette "BARRIE" Boys Passing Through Town Stop to Say Thanks

 

From the collection of James Wilson

Courtesy of Gail Darby

Petty Officer Howard English watches as the Cox'n, Chief Maxwell Martin repaints BARRIE's badge.  OS Dick Elkington mixes paint.

Ken Macpherson collection

Naval Museum of Calgary

Courtesy of Bruce LeCren

 

Click here to view the back of the photo

 

Note: This badge was mounted on the bridge face

Veteran Seamen - Three engine room ratings of HMCS BARRIE K138

 

L-R: Sto PO Marould (Bill) Davis, RCNR of Pictou, NS;  Sto Harold (Shadow) McMahon, MID, RCNR of Sarnia, ON; and, Sto PO James Wilson, BEM, RCNR

 

From the collection of James Wilson

Courtesy of Gail Darby

HMCS BARRIE jacket patch

Courtesy of Randy Rice

 


 

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