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A Royal Canadian Navy Historical Project

HMCS BEAVER S10 / Z10

Former AZTEC

HMCS Beaver Z10

 

Launched: 1902

Entered into service: 06 May 1940 

Paid off: 17 Oct 1944

Fate: Sold in 1946. Resold and broken up 1956

 

Built by Crescent Shipyard, Elizabeth, NJ, she 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.

 

Commanding Officers

Unknown - 30 Sep 1940 - 16 Mar 1941

LCdr G.H. Griffiths, RCN - 17 Mar 1941 - 31 Jul 1941

A/Cdr R.I. Swansburg, RCNR - 01 Aug 1941 - 15 Oct 1942

Lt J.F. Watson, RCNR - 16 Oct 1942 - 04 Dec 1942

LCdr J.S. Wilson, RCNR - 05 Dec 1942 - 28 Dec 1942

Lt James Fraser Watson, RCNR - 29 Dec 1942 - 03 Jan 1943

Lt Donald Davis, RCNVR - 04 Jan 1943 - 16 Jan 1943

Lt J.F. Watson, RCNVR - 17 Mar 1943 - 19 Sep 1943

A/LCdr H.C. Walmseley, RCNR - 20 Sep 1943 - 05 Mar 1944

LCdr Clifford George Williams, RCNR - 06 Mar 1944 - 07 Aug 1944

LCdr C.G. Williams, RCNR - 23 Sep 1944 - 13 Mar 1945

Skpr/Lt Ira Elmer Abbott, RCNR - 14 Mar 1945 - Sep 1945

 

     In memory of those who have crossed the bar    

They shall not be forgotten

A-B

Berard, John

1924-2012

 

 

 

 

C-D

Coates, John Jeffrey

1919-2010

Christopher, John Leonard

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S-T

Ralph, George

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Former Crew Members

Abbott, Samuel Frederick, Slt, RCNVR - 17 May 1943

 

Adamic, Arthur, Slt, RCNVR - 28 Jun 1943

 

Andrews, Wilbur Francis, Lt, RCNVR - 11 Apr 1941

 

Boxer, Richard John, Lt, RCNVR - 25 May 1945

 

Buisson, Joseph Paul Edouard, Lt, RCNVR - 26 Jul 1943

 

Cairns, Thomas Gillone Shipley, Lt, RCNR - 18 Apr 1942

 

Cantrill, Frederick Earl John, Slt, RCNVR - Jan 1944

 

Carruthers, Colin Mackenzie, Slt, RCNVR - 07 May 1941

 

Cassels, Ernest Sidney, Mate, RCNR - 08 Apr 1941

Chaffey, Frank Joseph, Skpr, RCNR - 08 Mar 1944

 

Chandler, William Ralph, Skpr/Lt, RCNR - 08 Mar 1944

 

Childs, Walter Alywyn, Lt, RCNVR - 01 Apr 1941

 

Duffy, Joseph Arthur, Skpr, RCNR - 03 Feb 1942

 

Griffiths, George Humphry, LCdr, RCN - 17 Mar 1941

 

MacKenzie, John Gordon William, Slt, RCNVR - Jan 1942

 

McKenzie, Norman, Cd (E), RNR - 29 Jun 1942

 

Nesbitt, Wallace Bickford, Slt, RCNVR - 13 Mar 1943

Orton, William Henry Green, Skpr/Lt, RCNR - 03 Apr 1945

 

Roberts, Manual, A/Mate, RCNVR - 04 Jun 1940

 

Salt, Henry Stuart, A/Lt(E), RCNR - 28 May 1940

 

Seale, Wesley Alleyne, Lt, RCNVR - 13 Mar 1944

 

Vezina, Joseph Eudore Napoleon, Skpr, RCNVR - 03 May 1941

 

Wilkens, George Arthur, Lt (E), RCNR - 25 May 1942

 

Wood, Berton Montgomery, Slt, RCNVR - Jan 1944

 

 

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