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HMCS CANADA

HMCS Canada

 

Launched: 1904

Commissioned: 25 Jan 1915

Paid off: Nov 1919

Fate: Sank 02 Jul 1926

Displacement: 411 tons

Length: 200 feet

Beam: 25 fett

Draught: 10.5 feet

 

Built by Vicker's Sons & Maxin, Barrow-in-Furness in 1904, HMCS Canada was originally a Canadian Government Ship that served as a patrol ship in the Fisheries Protection Service of Canada, an enforcement agency that was part of the Department of Marine and Fisheries. She was an armed 3rd class cruiser, twin screw. She is considered to the nucleus of the Royal Canadian Navy for her role in training Canadian naval officers and asserting Canadian sovereignty. After the First World War broke out in Aug 1914, the CGS Canada was officially transferred to the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN). She underwent a refit to become a naval patrol ship which saw her forecastle raised and the Maxim guns for fisheries patrol use were replaced with two 12-pounder and two 3-pounder naval guns. She was commissioned as HMCS Canada in 1915 and served on the Atlantic coast. HMCS Canada was decommissioned from the RCN in Nov 1919 and she resumed her former civilian fisheries patrol duties as CGS Canada before being retired from government service in 1920. After being laid up in Halifax for four years she was sold and renamed "MV Queen of Nassau", and pressed into service shuttling passengers between Miami, Florida and Nassau, Bahamas. Later, she was resold to Mexican interests, however when she was being delivered, on 02 Jul 1926, she sank in 35 fathoms (64 m) of water off Islamorada. The wreck was located in 2001. Archeologists are working toward designating the wreck a U.S. National Historic Site because of the significance it holds in the evolution of Canada's military.

 

Photos and Documents          Ship's company photos          Queen of Nassau - Wreck

 

Commanding Officers

Lt Charles Joseph Stuart, RN - 1916

Lt Herbert Henry De Lally Wood, RNCVR - 17 Jan 1918 - unk

Lt Herbert Henry De Lally Wood, RNCVR - 01 May 1918 - unk

 

     In memory of those who have crossed the bar    

They shall not be forgotten

A-B

Agnew, Ronald Ian

1895-1949

Bond, James

1888-1962

 

 

 

C-D

Dooley, David Vincent

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Drafted to Canada on 08 May 1917 and on 01 May 1918 as W. Op 2nd Cl, RNCVR

 

 

 

 

E-F

Field, William Robert

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Drafted to Canada on 01 May 1918 as A/Gnr, RCN

 

 

 

 

G-H

Gagnon, Amedee

1894-1947

German, Phillip Barry

____-1981

Served in CGS Canada as Midshipman, Canadian Naval Force

Horton, Isaiah Walton

1891-1979

Served in Canada in 1915 as Mate, RNCVR

 

 

I-J

Julian, Charles Otis

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Drafted to Canada on 01 May 1918 as Lt, RNCVR

 

 

 

 

M-N

Matthews, James Gerrie

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Drafted to Canada on 01 May 1918 as W. Op 4th Cl, RNCVR

 

 

 

 

O-P

O'Leary, Michael Daniel

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Drafted to Canada on 01 May 1918 as A/Art (E), RCN

Pellett, Herbert

1881-1962

 

 

 

Q-R

Rankin, Arthur Glen Ernest

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Drafted to Canada on 01 May 1918 as Slt, RNCVR

Ross, Alfred Inkerman

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Drafted to Canada on 01 May 1918 as Ch/Art, RCN

 

 

 

S-T

Stuart, Charles Joseph

1879-1945

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U-V

Vatcher, Louis White

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Drafted to Canada on 01 May 1918 as Mate, RNCVR

 

 

 

 

W-X

Wood, Herbert Henry De Lally

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Appointed as C.O. on 01 Jan 1918 and 01 May 1918

 

 

 

 

Ship's Mascots

 

 

 

Photos and Documents

 

CGS Canada, Aug 1905

1000 tons, 22 knots, 4 light guns, crew of 75

Photographer: C. Smith

The crew of HMCS Canada in 1905 performing militia drills on their winter cruise to Bermuda

Source: Nation's Navy: In Quest of Canadian Naval Identity - Google Books

 

Webmaster's note:  the caption for the photo shows her as HMCS Canada in 1905, however, the RCN did not come into existence till 1910 as the Naval Service of Canada then RCN in 1911, to this photo was likely taken after 1911.

Group of naval cadets serving in Canadian Government Ship (CGS) Canada. Back Row (L. to R.) Charles T. Beard, P. Barry German, Victor G. Brodeur, Wright; Centre Row (L. to R.) Fisheries officers Fortier, Stewart, Woods; Front Row (L. to R.) Henry T. Bate, Percy W. Nelles, John A. Barron.

HMCS Canada during the First World War

Source: Maritime Command Museum, CFB Halifax, NS

Courtesy of Colin Darlington, RUSI(NS)

HMCS Canada, WW I

From the collection of William Herbert Rose and Marmaduke Rose

Courtesy of Bud (Donald) Rose 

Canadian Fisheries Cruiser Canada

Source: Maritime Command Museum, CFB Halifax, NS

Courtesy of Colin Darlington, RUSI(NS)

Queen of Nassau Ready For Miami Run

Miami Herald, 16 Nov 1924

From the collection of Joseph Barr Champion, RNCVR, RAN(R)

A Fish Yarn

Miami Daily News, 02 Dec 1924

News paper article on the voyage of the former HMCS Canada to Florida and the sighting of a Sea Serpent by the crew

From the collection of Joseph Barr Champion, RNCVR, RAN(R)

Report on the grounding of the Queen of Nassau on 25 Jan 1925 off Miami Harbor, Florida

From the collection of Joseph Barr Champion, RNCVR, RAN(R)

TSS Queen of Nassau, Miami Florida

From the collection of Joseph Barr Champion, RNCVR, RAN(R)

 

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