For Posterity's Sake         

A Royal Canadian Navy Historical Project

HMCS CARAQUET J38

Former HMS CARAQUET

Then NRP ALMIRANT LACERDA (1946)

Then Republic of Mozambique Navy Vessel (name not known) 1975

HMCS Caraquet J38

 

Laid down: 31 Jan 1941

Launched: 02 Jun 1941

Commissioned: 02 Apr 1942

Paid off: 26 Sep 1945

Returned to the RN: 26 Sep 1945

Sold to the Portuguese Navy: 1946

Re-commissioned: 1946

Paid off: 1975

Transferred: Jun 1975 to the Republic of Mozambique

Fate: Stricken from records in 1984. Final disposition unknown

 

Named for a New Brunswick bay, she was built for the RN but transferred to the RCN for manning and commissioned 02 Apr 1942, at Vancouver. In May 1942 she joined Esquimalt Force and in Sep 1942 was transferred to Prince Rupert Force, but she returned to Esquimalt in Mar 1943, with order to proceed to the east coast. She left Esquimalt for Halifax on 17 Mar 1943 arriving on 02 May 1943 and was allocated to WLEF, transferring in Jul 1943 to Halifax Force and in Dec 1943 to Newfoundland Force. During this period she underwent a six-week refit at Baltimore, MD., from mid-Jul 1943. On 19 Feb 1944, with Cowichan, Malpeque and Vegreville, she left for Plymouth via the Azores, arriving on 13 Mar 1944. She was assigned to the 31st Minesweeping Flotilla for invasion duties and was present on D-Day. Caraquet proceeded to Canada at the end of Sep 1944 to refit at Lunenburg, returning to Plymouth in Mar 1945, for further mine-clearance work. Paid off on 26 Sep 1945 and returned to the RN at Sheerness, she was sold to the Portuguese Navy in 1946 and renamed Almirante Lacerda. She remained in service as a survey vessel until 1975.

 

Commanding Officers

Lt Aubrey Alvin Randle Dykes, RCNR - 02 Apr 1942 - 03 Nov 1943

Cdr Anthony Hubert Gleadow Storrs, RCNR - 04 Nov 1943 - 18 Sep 1944

Lt G.W. Leckie, RCNVR - 13 Nov 1944 - 26 Sep 1945

 

     In memory of those who have crossed the bar    

They shall not be forgotten

C-D

Cardy, Roy T.

1923-2005

Curry, Frank

____-2014

 

 

 

E-F

Fairney, Daniel Hugh

1916-2011

 

 

 

 

G-H

Gray, Walter Edwin

1922-2002

Halliday, Ronald

1922-1998

 

 

 

M-N

McLean, William Randall

1914-____

Served in Caraquet 06 Nov 1942 - 04 Feb 1943 as a LSA, RCNVR

Morency, Francis

1924-2011

 

 

 

O-P

Paulowich, Steve

1923-2012

 

 

 

 

Q-R

Quinn, James

1922-2003

 

 

 

 

S-T

Storrs, Antony Hubert Gleadow

1907-2002

2nd Commanding Officer

 

 

 

 

W-X

Wright, Thomas Alfred

1926-2008

 

 

 

 

 

Former Crew Members

Bradshaw - Jun 1944

 

Chenouski, Frank, Lt, RCNR - 19 Apr 1944

 

Craigdallie, Thomas, Skpr, RCNR - 31 Mar 1942 (Stand by) / 02 Apr 1942

 

Cox, John - Jun 1944

 

Daniels, "Buzzy" 

 

Eastwood, Walter, Slt, RCNVR, Gunnery Officer - 1943-1944

Fenwick - Jun 1944

 

Germaniuk, Peter (Gery) 

 

Laurin, Joseph Avila, Lt, RCNVR - 17 May 1943

 

May, Richard Thomas William Leslie, Wt (E), RN, - 31 Mar 1942 (Stand by) / 02 Apr 1942

 

McTaggart, J.A., Bos'n - Jun 1944

Roberts, John Douglas, Lt, RCNVR - 31 Mar 1942 (Stand by) / 02 Apr 1942

 

Scott, David Mahood, Slt, RCNVR - 09 May 1942

 

Shaw, Harold Campbell, Slt, RCNVR - 31 Mar 1942 (Stand by) / 02 Apr 1942 / 14 Jun 1942

 

Zelke, Herb, AB

 

Photos and Documents

 

Links

Frank Curry's Wartime Diary

Personal photo gallery of Roy Cardy

Personal Photo Gallery of William Randall McLean

Ship's company photos for HMCS Caraquet

The Memory Project - Peter (Gery) Germaniuk

 

 

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