River Class Frigate





Battle honours and awards:  Atlantic  1944-45



Laid down: 19 Nov 1943

Launched: 08 Apr 1944

Commissioned: 25 Aug 1944

Paid off: 24 Nov 1945

Fate: Foundered off Cuba while under tow in 1953



Commissioned at Victoria on 25 Aug 1944, CAPILANO arrived at Halifax on 20 Oct 1944. Following workups begun in St. Margaret's Bay and completed in Bermuda in Nov 1944, she joined EG C-2 in St. John's, Nfld., and was continuously on North Atlantic convoy duty until VE-Day. On 09 Apr 1945, HMCS CAPILANO K409 was attacked by U-1023, Oblt Wolfgang Strenger, in the North Channel, but the attack was unsuccessful. She left Londonderry for the last time on 30 May 1945, and on 10 Jun 1945 began tropicalization refit at Shelburne. The work was completed on 13 Oct 1945, and on 24 Nov 1945, the ship was paid off at Halifax and placed in reserve in Bedford Basin. She was sold for mercantile use in 1947, and in 1948 she appeared under Jamaican registry as Irving Francis M. She foundered in 1953 off the Cuban coast while en route from Jamaica to Miami in tow of Bess Barry M., the former HMCS ST BONIFACE.



Photos and Documents



Commanding Officers


LCdr Herbert Evans McArthur, RCNVR - 25 Aug 1944 - 12 Aug 1945


Lt C.B. Hermann, RCNVR - 13 Aug 1945 - 26 Aug 1945



     In memory of those who made the ultimate sacrifice    

     Lest We Forget     


BURKE, Gerald T.


 died - 08 Sep 1945



     In memory of those who have crossed the bar    

They shall not be forgotten




Former Crew Members


Ashton, Cliff J.


Best, Donald Patterson, Lt, RCNVR - 15 Jul 1944


Blackstock, William John (Bill), SLt, RCNVR - 27 Jul 1944


Covo, Pedro Victor, SLt, RCNVR - 24 Jun 1944


Heard, Dennis Lot, Lt (E), RCNR - 22 May 1944

Hunt, Frederick Raymond, Lt (El) (R), RCNVR - 08 May 1945


McArthur, Herbert Evans, A/LCdr, RCNVR - 01 Jul 1944 CO


Otton, Doug, Lt - 1944


Robichon, Jacques George Joseph, Surg/Lt, RCNVR - 03 May 1945

Sheppard, Frank Herman, SLt, RCNVR - 28 Mar 1945


Thomas, Lloyd George, SLt, RCNVR


Thompson, Donald Malcolm, Lt, RCNR - 25 Jul 1944


Weekes, Robert Henry



Photos and Documents


Robert Henry Weekes sitting on the gun barrel of HMCS CAPILANO (front, centre)


AB Tom O'Neill (front, right)


Courtesy of Robert Henry Weekes

Naval personnel aboard the frigate HMCS CAPILANO, Londonderry, Northern Ireland, December 1944. (L-R): Leading Wren Monica Hodges, Lieutenants Bill Blackstock and Ray Ostlund, Leading Wren Dorothy Oakes, Lieutenant Doug Otton.


Source: Lt Franklin Roy Kemp / Canada. Dept. of National Defence / Library and Archives Canada / PA-161252



DND / RCN Photo