For Posterity's Sake         

A Royal Canadian Navy Historical Project


HMCS Cape Breton K350


Battle honours and awards:  Arctic  1944,   Normandy  1944,   Atlantic  1944-45



Laid down: 05 May 1942

Launched: 24 Nov 1942

Commissioned: 25 Oct 1943

Paid off: 26 Jan 1946

Fate: Hull sunk as a breakwater 1948


Built at Quebec City, she was commissioned there on 25 Oct 1943. She arrived at Halifax on 28 Nov 1943 and worked up in St. Margaret's Bay in Jan 1944. Assigned to EG 6, a support group based at Londonderry, she left Halifax for the U.K. on 24 Feb 1944. She operated at various times from "Derry, Portsmouth and Plymouth and in Apr 1944 sailed to Kola Inlet as escort for convoy RA.59. On 28 Apr 1944, Cape Breton, in company with Waskesiu K330, Grou K518 and, Outremont K322 departed Kola Inlet with Convoy RA.59; arriving at Loch Ewe on 06 May 1944. She was also on hand on D-Day. She returned to Canada  arriving on 06 Nov 1944 at Shelburne for a major refit. This was completed in Apr 1945 and she was then sent to Bermuda to work up. Assigned to EG 9, she left St. John's on 09 May 1945 with convoy HX.354, and later that month sailed from "Derry direct to Vancouver. A tropicalization refit begun on 26 Jun 1945 was cancelled before completion and the ship was paid of 26 Jan 1946, after several months in reserve at Esquimalt. She was sold in 1947 and expended as a breakwater in 1948, reportedly at Kelsey Bay, B.C. 


Photos and Documents


Commanding Officers

LCdr Alexander McAllister McLarnon, RCNR - 25 Oct 1943 - 03 Dec 1944

A/LCdr John Crispo Leckie Annesley, RCN - 05 Jan 1945 - 24 Sep 1945


     In memory of those who have crossed the bar    

They shall not be forgotten


Annesley, John Crispo Leckie


2nd Commanding Officer

Beach, Douglas Keith


Bonoyer, Roger Agenor





Caverly, Roderick John







Grant, G. Edwin


Served in Cape Breton during WW 2 as a PO, ERA






Kerley, Alfred Horace


Knott, Kenneth George






Mayne, Thomas Hanson







O'Grady, Joseph Michael







Warburton, Frederick William


Willis, Harold William






Former Crew Members

Carr, Stanley, Lt (E), RCNVR - 07 Jul 1943


Drohan, Charles - WW 2


Durley, Thomas Richard, Lt (El), RCNVR - 21 Feb 1944


Germaniuk, Peter (Gery)    The Memory Project

Holms, John Edward Vandeleur, Lt, RCNVR - 05 Mar 1945


Jessome, Ambrose - WW 2


MacCharles, Aubrey - WW 2


McKay, Donald Douglas, Slt, RCNVR - 01 Feb 1945

Robson, Thomas Beattie, Lt, RCNVR - 23 Feb 1945


Weed, Joseph Dodsworth, Lt (E), RCNVR - 01 Apr 1945


Woolverton, Cecil Kirk, Lt, RCNVR - Jan 1945


Photos and Documents


HMCS Cape Breton K350 pulling away

Photo taken from HMCS Runnymede K678

Photo from the WWII collection of Kirk Wipper

Douglas Keith Beach on HMCS Cape Breton K350, Shelburne, NS, March 1945

From the collection of Douglas Beach

Courtesy of Robert Wilson