For Posterity's Sake         

A Royal Canadian Navy Historical Project

HMCS BOWMANVILLE K493

Former HMS Nunney Castle

Then Chinese Merchant Vessel TA SHUN

Then Chinese Merchant Vessel Yuan Pei

Then People's Liberation Army Navy Vessel Kuang Chou (1949)

 

From the collection of Thomas Lenaghan

Courtesy of John Lenaghan

HMCS Bowmanville K493

Source: IWM Ministry of Defence Foxhill Collection of Ship Photographs FL 2722

Courtesy of RCSCC Bowmanville

 

Battle honours and awards:  Atlantic  1944-45

 

 

Laid down: 12 Aug 1943

Launched: 26 Jan 1944

Transferred to RCN: 28 Sep 1944

Commissioned: 28 Sep 1944

Paid off: 15 Feb 1946

Fate: Sold in 1947. Final disposition unknown

 

Built by William Pickersgrill & Sons Ltd., Sunderland, UK, she was laid down and launched as HMS Nunney Castle. After completion was she was as transferred to the RCN and commissioned at Sunderland, U.K. as HMCS Bowmanville K493 on 28 Sep 1944. Following workups at Tobermory Bowmanville joined EG C-4 at Londonderry, sailing on 24 Nov 1944 to join her first convoy, ON.268. She served continuously as an ocean escort for the rest of the war. Early in Jun 1945, she left Londonderry for the last time, and was based at Halifax until paid off on 15 Feb 1946. She was sold into mercantile service in 1947 under the Chinese flag, and first renamed Ta Shun, then Yuan Pei. In 1949 she was taken over by the Chinese Communist government, re-armed and renamed Kuang Chou.

 

Convoys escorted during WW II

 

Convoy Desig.

Convoy Departs from

Arrives at

Join as escort

Depart Convoy 

ON.268

Southend (23 Nov 1944)

New York City (10 Dec 1944)

26 Nov 1944

04 Dec 1944

HX.325

New York City (09 Dec 1944)

Liverpool (23 Dec 1944)

14 Dec 1944

23 Dec 1944

ON.277

Southend (07 Jan 1945)

New York City (23 Jan 1945)

08 Jan 1945

10 Jan 1945

HX.333

New York City (18 Jan 1945)

Liverpool (01 Feb 1945)

23 Jan 1945

01 Feb 1945

ON.284

Southend (10 Feb 1945)

New York City (01 Mar 1945)

11 Feb 1945

23 Feb 1945

HX.341

New York City (28 Feb 1945)

Liverpool (15 Mar 1945)

05 Mar 1945

15 Mar 1945

ONS.45

Liverpool (22 Mar 1945)

Halifax (11 Apr 1945)

23 Mar 1945

06 Apr 1945

HX.349

New York City (08 Apr 1945)

Liverpool (23 Apr 1945)

13 Apr 1945

23 Apr 1945

OSN.49

Liverpool (02 May 1945)

Halifax (18 May 1945)

03 May 1945

15 May 1945

HX.357

New York City (19 May 1945)

Liverpool (03 Jun 1945)

24 May 1945

03 Jun 1945

 

Commanding Officers

LCdr Mortimer Smith Duffus, RCNVR - 28 Sep 1944 - 03 Apr 1945

Lt Arthur Dudley Ritchie, RCNVR - 04 Apr 1945 - 20 Apr 1945

LCdr Mortimer Smith Duffus - 21 Apr 1945 - 24 Aug 1945

Lt William James Ranson, RCNVR - 25 Oct 1945 - 15 Feb 1946

  

     In memory of those who have crossed the bar    

They shall not be forgotten

 C-D

Campbell, Earl

____-____

Chadwick, Earl Raymond

1926-2013

Constable, Douglas Franklin

1925-2010

Cook, William

_____-2011

Cowal, Martin

____-1999

Served in Bowmanville 02 Jan 1945 - 27 Aug 1945 as Sto 1c

Duffus, Mortimer Smith

____-1997

Drafted to Bowmanville on 10 Jul 1944 as CO (stand by)

Duvall, Herbert

1921-2014

Drafted to Bowmanville after V.E. Day

 

 

 

G-H

Giles, Bruce

1924-1996

Hull, Frederick John

1925-2001

 

 

 

K-L

Lenaghan, Thomas

____-1978

 

 

 

 

M-N

Moore, Lloyd Cameron

1926-2010

 

 

 

 

S-T

Shaheen, Louis

1925-2014

Simpson, Norman MacDougall

____-2005

Drafted to Bowmanville 27 Jul 1944 as Lt, RCNVR, standby. Commissioning crew. Served on Bowmanville as XO under LCdr Duffus.

Steinburg, Orris Burke

1927-2012

 

 

W-X

Walters, Uriah

____-2011

 

 

 

 

Ship's Mascots

____-____

 

 

 

 

 

 Former Crew Members -  (CC) = Commissioning Crew

Atkinson, Bill

 

Catchpole, Ed

 

Clee, Joe

 

Corner, Richard William 

 

Feagan, Robert Denis, Slt, RCNVR - 24 Feb 1945

 

Findlay, William Geldart, Lt, RCNVR - Jan 1945

Goodeve, Arthur George, Lt, RCNVR - 20 Jul 1944 (Stand by)

 

Goodmanson, Larry

 

Kilpatrick, Alexander Graham, Slt, RCNVR - 02 Mar 1944 / 02 May 1945

 

Knolls, Joe

 

Lauden, Truman

 

Maxwell, William Watson, A/Wt (E), RCN - 02 Apr 1944

Miller, Dickson, Lt (CC) 

 

Moulton, Melvin Samuel, A/Wt (E), RCN - 24 Jun 1944 (Stand by)

 

O'Connor, Tom

 

Simpson, Robert, A/War (E), MBE, RCN - 20 Feb 1945

 

Thorpe, Arthur Rolland, Lt, RCNVR - 13 Jul 1945

 

Winship, John Joseph, Slt, RCNVR - 17 May 1945

 

 

Photos and Documents

 

Links

Personal photo gallery of Martin Cowal

 

HOME PAGE     SHIP INDEX      CONTACT