HMCS CAPILANO K409

 

River Class Frigate

 


 

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.

 


 

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.

L/Stores Assistant, V/27831, RCNVR

 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

 

Weeks, Robert

 


 

Photos and Documents

 

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

Courtesy of Robert Henry Weeks

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

HMCS CAPILANO 409

 

DND / RCN Photo

 


 

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