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HMCS Bittersweet K182

Source: website


Laid down: 17 Apr 1940

Launched: 12 Sep 1940

Commissioned: 23 Jan 1941

Transferred to RCN: 15 May 1941

Commissioned: 15 May 1941

Paid off: 22 Jun 1945

Returned to RN: 22 Jun 1945

Fate: Broken up at Rosyth in 1946


Built at Sorel for the RN, she was launched on 12 Sep 1940. Bittersweet was towed to Liverpool, N.S. for completion so as not to be icebound. She was commissioned 23 Jan 1941 at Halifax as HMS Bittersweet K182. On 05 Mar 1941 left with convoy HX.113 for the Tyne. There, from 01 Apr 1941 to 06 Jun 1941, the finishing touches were carried out. During this refit, on 15 May 1941, she was transferred to the RCN and commissioned as HMCS Bittersweet K182. After working up at Tobermory she left for Iceland on 27 Jun 1941, having been assigned to Newfoundland Command. She was continuously employed as an ocean escort until 31 Dec 1941, when she arrived at Charleston, S.C., for refit, resuming her duties in Mar 1942. Bittersweet served with EG C-5 and C-3 until Oct 1943, one of her most strenuous convoys being ONS.192, which lost seven ships. She underwent refit at Baltimore, Md., from Oct 9143 to Nov 1943, which included the extension of her fo'c's'le, then proceeded to Pictou to work up. She then resumed her convoy duties, leaving Londonderry late in Oct 1944 to join her last convoy, ON.262. Upon arriving in Canada she went to Pictou to commence a refit that was completed at Halifax 10 Feb 1945. She was then assigned briefly to Halifax Force before transferring in April to Sydney Force, with which she remained until the end of the war. She was paid off and returned to the RN at Aberdeen on 22 Jun 1945, and broken up at Rosyth the following year.


(Note: Although the place & date of fo'c's'le extension for HMCS Bittersweet K182 as listed on 09 Nov 43, at Baltimore, MD, was obtained from official records, photographic evidence seems to prove this wrong. It is more likely that Bittersweet's fo'c's'le extension was completed between Dec 1941, & May 1942 at Charleston, SC. Source: RCN News Magazine)


Commanding Officers

A/LCdr John Andrew Woods, RNVR - 01 Apr 1941 - 30 Nov 1942

LCdr Frederick Bancroft Brooks-Hill, RCNVR - 01 Dec 1942 - 09 Jul 1944

Lt Frederick Wilson Bogardus, RCNVR - 10 Jul 1944 - 07 Dec 1944

Skpr/Lt Frank Chalmers Smith, RCNVR - 17 Dec 1944 - 22 Jun 1945


     In memory of those who made the ultimate sacrifice    

     Lest We Forget     


- Book of Remembrance entry     - Grave or burial information

ANSLEY, William Charles

OS, V/16254, RCNVR

died - 05 Jan 1942 

MILLER, Lloyd Kenneth

AB, V/353, RCNVR

killed - 20 Feb 1943 


     In memory of those who have crossed the bar    

They shall not be forgotten


Burla, Joseph J.







Corbett, James Ronald


Dennison, Foster Keith






Ferchuk, Joseph







Gallivan, William

_____ - 2011






James, Percy Wilfred







Maize, Howard Ross


Served in Bittersweet 11 May 1943 - 30 Jun 1944

Martin, Jack W.


McPhee, George Lorimer


McLaren, James


Moore, Jim F.



Parkinson, Raymond Frank


Plato, Franklin Raymond






Robinson, John Donald







Yeates, Leslie H.






Ship's Mascots








 Former Crew Members

Finlay, Arthur Murray, Lt, RCNVR - 16 Feb 1944


Jeffries, Peter Parnell, Lt, RCNVR


Kingsmill, Walter Juchereau, Lt, RCNVR - 23 Jan 1941 / 06 Jun 1941


McMeekin, D.S. - Dec 1940

Ovenden, Hedley Allen, Mate, RCNR - 25 Jun 1941


Pare, Charles, Lt, RCNVR - 15 Feb 1944


Ronson, John Clifton, Lt, RCNVR - Jan 1945


Sharpe, John Winston, Ch/Skpr, RCNR - Jan 1941

Smith, Arthur Rhys, Slt, RCNVR - 23 Jan 1941 / 06 Jun 1941


Smitherman, James William, Stoker 


Sullivan, Joseph Edgar, Slt, RCNVR - 30 Jul 1942


Warren, Donald Cameron, Lt, RCNVR - 16 Feb 1944


Welch, Arnold Philip, Lt, RCNVR - 05 Feb 1945



Photos and Documents



Personal photo gallery of Howard Ross Maize

The Memory Project - James William Smitherman