For Posterity's Sake
A Royal Canadian Navy Historical Project
HMCS BEAVER S10 / Z10
The former AZTEC, she was built by Crescent Shipyard, Elizabeth, NJ, and was the oldest ship of her type when she was commissioned at Halifax and assigned to Halifax Local Defence Force. She was employed much of the time as a radar training ship but served briefly, first with Saint John, N.B. Force and then with Sydney Force, toward the end of 1942, returning to Halifax on 27 Dec 1942 to refit. On 29 Jul 1943, she arrived at Digby to become a training ship for DEMS (Defensively Equipped Merchant Ship) gunners, and was later used for seamanship training. Beaver was paid off on 17 Oct 1944, sold in 1946, and resold ten years late for scrap.
Photos and Documents
(JVW159) HMCS BEAVER Canteen card dated 13 Oct 1944 (JVW160) Blank HMCS BEAVER Station Card (JVW161) HMCS BEAVER S10
The photos below are of a visit by what appears to be WRENS aboard HMCS BEAVER. There are is no information with the photos other than the RCN Negative number which is listed below the photos. The photos are sorted by negative number.
A suggestion has been made that this is possibly the Cast and Crew of "Meet the Navy" going from Halifax to St. John's.
From the collection of J. Vincent Wesley, CPO Shipwright, RCNVR
Courtesy of Marilynn Taylor