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HMCS CAPILANO K409

Then IRVING FRANCIS M. (1948)

HMCS Capilano K409

 

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 1045 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.

 

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     

 

- Book of Remembrance entry     - Grave or burial information

BURKE, Gerald T.

L/Stores Assistant, V/27831, RCNVR

 died - 08 Sep 1945 

 

     In memory of those who have crossed the bar    

They shall not be forgotten

A-B

Burton, Russell Herbert

1924-2005

 

 

 

 

E-F

Fincham, George Edward

1923-2009

 

 

 

 

G-H

Gillis, Harold George

1923-2015

Add'l - I/C Machinery Capilano 1945

 

 

 

 

M-N

McDonell, Robert Barry

1923-2007

 

 

 

 

O-P

Ockenden, Francis Herbert

1922-1999

Ostlund, Raymond Eugene

____-1992

Drafted to Capilano 25 Jul 1944 as Lt, RCNVR, Standby

 

 

 

S-T

Trevitt, John Robert

1924-2011

 

 

 

 

U-V

Vrandenburg, William Palmer

1925-2015

 

 

 

 

W-X

Wells, James Raymond

____-2010

 

 

 

 

 

Former Crew Members

Best, Donald Patterson, Lt, RCNVR - 15 Jul 1944 (Stand by)

 

Blackstock, William John (Bill), Slt, RCNVR - 27 Jul 1944 (Stand by)

 

Covo, Pedro Victor, Stl, RCNVR - 24 Jun 1944 (Stand by)

 

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 (Stand by) 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

 

Weeks, Robert

 

 

Photos and Documents

 

 

Links

 

Navy Centennial Marked With Ship Named for North Vancouver

 

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