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HMCS CHILLIWACK K131

 

Flower Class Corvette

 


 

HMCS CHILLIWACK - circa 1942

Source: Ken Macpherson / Naval Museum of Alberta

 

Laid down: 03 Jul 1940

Launched: 14 Sep 1940

Commissioned: 08 Apr 1941

Paid off: 14 Jul 1945

Fate: Broken up in 1946

 

Built by Burrard Dry Dock Co., Ltd, she was commissioned at Vancouver on 08 Apr 1941. She arrived at Halifax on 19 Jun 1941, was assigned to Newfoundland Command in July, and for the rest of the year escorted convoys between St. John's and Iceland. Early in Feb 1942 Chilliwack escorted SC.67, her first transatlantic convoy, and was thereafter employed almost continuously as an ocean escort until Nov 1944. From Jun 1942, onward she was a member of EG C-1, and during this period escorted three convoys around which epic battles were fought: SC.94 (Aug 1942), ONS.154 (Dec 1942), and ON.166 (Feb 1943). In addition, she assisted in sinking two U-boats: U 356 when escort to ONS.154, 27 Dec 1942; and U 744 when escort to HX.280, on 06 Mar 1944 HMC Ships Chaudiere H99, St. Catharines K325, Chilliwack 131,Fennel K194 and Gatineau H61, along with two British frigates, started one of the longest U-boat hunts in which Canadian ships will participate. A total of 291 depth charges, 87,300 pounds of high explosive, will be required to bring the U-boat to the surface. Fifteen hundred signals will be passed between the ships as they stalk, attack, wait and attack the submarine U-744 again and again through a day and a night of rough weather. U-744 was then boarded by allied sailors, who retrieved code books and other documents. Most of this was lost while being transferred between the U-Boat and the allied ships. After attempts to tow the submarine into port failed, U-744 was scuttled by the allied warships. In the course of a major refit from Apr to Oct 1943, at Dartmouth, N.S., she acquired her long fo'c's'le. Assigned on 04 Dec 1943 to EG WE-8, WEF, she left for a month's workups in Bermuda. Reassigned in Apr 1945, to Halifax Force, she was temporarily lent to EG C-1 the following month for one final round trip to Londonderry. Paid off 14 Jul 1945 and laid up at Sorel, she was broken up at Hamilton, Ont., in 1946.

 

U-Boats Sunk:  (1) U-356 sunk on 27 Dec 1942 by HMCS St. Laurent H83, HMCS Chilliwack K131, HMCS Battleford K165 and HMCS Napanee K118 in position 45-30 N, 25-40

 

(2) U-744 (Oblt Heinz Blischke) a type VIIC U-boat, sunk on 06 Mar 1944 by HMCS St. Catharine K325, HMCS Chilliwack K131, HMCS Gatineau H61, HMCS Fennel K194, HMCS Chaudiere H99, HMS Icarus and HMS Keniworth Castle in position 52-01 N, 22-37 W. Of her crew of 51, there were 40 survivors

 

 


 

Photos and Documents          Ship's company photos          The Ship's Bell          Battle for Convoy ONS-154          Battle for Convoy ONS 154

 


 

Commanding Officers

 

A/LCdr Lelsie Lewendon Foxall, RCNR - 08 Apr 1941 - 25 May 1943

 

LCdr Clifford (Clifton ??) Rexford Coughlin, RCNVR - 26 May 2943 - 11 Apr 1944

 

A/LCdr Douglas Rannie Watson, MBE, RCNR - 12 Apr 1944 - 14 Jul 1945

 


 

     In memory of those who made the ultimate sacrifice    

     Lest We Forget     

 

THOMPSON, Herbert A.

AB, RCNVR

MPK - 26 Oct 1941

 


 

     In memory of those who have crossed the bar    

They shall not be forgotten

 

 


 

Former Crew Members

 

Atherton, Thomas Herbert, Slt, RCNVR - 28 Jun 1943 / Lt - 1944 (boarding party U-744)

 

Bartlett, Frank, A/Wt (E), RCNR - 13 Apr 1944

 

Barnes, Harold Bramsbotte, Lt, RCNVR - 16 May 1944

 

Blachford, Robert Oswald, Lt, RCNVR - 27 Jul 1943

 

Calver, John Moran, Slt, RCNR - 28 Feb 1942

 

Chambers, John Hubert, Slt, RCNVR - 17 May 1944

 

Dunn, Timothy Hibbard, Lt, RCNVR - 05 Jun 1942 / Lt - 1944 (boarding party U-744)

 

Foxall, Leslie Lewendon, A/LCdr, RCNR - 31 Mar 1941 (Stand by) CO

Hall, Wallis James, Slt, RCNVR - 05 Mar 1945

 

Hearn, Lt (boarding party U-744)

 

Horton, G., LS, A3181 - Nov 1941

 

Jenkins, Stoker - 1944 (boarding Party U-744)

 

Johnstone, Thomas Albert, RCNVR - 08 Apr 1941

 

Lawrie, AB - 1944 (boarding party U-744)

 

Leche, Ty. P., A.PO, V13125 - Nov 1941

 

Longbottom, CERA - 1944  (boarding party U-744)

 

Mackinnon, M., AB, V12349 - nov 1941

 

Makeranko, AB - 1944 (boarding party U-744)

 

Martin, Telegrapher - 1944 (boarding party U-744)

 

Nicholson, William Ernest, Mate, RCNR - 08 Apr 1941

Norris, Lawrence Henry, Lt, RCNVR - Jan 1942

 

Passerini, AB - 1944 (boarding party U-744)

 

Starr, Jack R., Signalman - 1944 (boarding party U-744)

 

Temple, Clifford Maulson, Lt, RCNVR - Jan 1943

 

Watson, William Wallace, Lt, RCNVR - 09 Mar 1945

 

Williamson, William John, Wt (E), RCNVR - 01 Jun 1943

 

Wilson, PO - 1944 (boarding party U-744)

 

Wilson, W.T., AB, V9490 - Nov 1941

 

Worsley, George Norman, Lt, RCNVR - 12 Mar 1945

 


 

Photos and Documents

 

HMCS CHILLIWACK K131

 

DND / RCN Photo

HMCS Chilliwack K131

DND / RCN Photo Negative # E326

Crew of HMCS Chilliwack boarding U-744 on March 6, 1944.

Source: Canada. Dept. of National Defence / Library and Archives Canada / PA-112996

 

Click here to read the newspaper article from the Crow's Nest newspaper - Jul 1944

Signalman Jack R. Starr of HMCS Chilliwack, which took part in sinking U-744 on 06 Mar 1944. Londonderry, Northern Ireland, 27 Mar 1944. 

Source: Lt J.D. Mahoney / Canada. Dept. of National Defence / Library and Archives Canada / PA-204652

Boarding party from the corvette HMCS Chilliwack which boarded the German submarine U-744 on 06 Mar 1944. England, 27 Mar 1944.

(Front row, L-R): CERA Longbottom, Stoker Jenkins, AB Makeranko and Lawrie, PO Wilson, Signalman Starr. (Rear row, L-R): Telegrapher Martin, Lieuts Atherton, Dunn and Hearn, AB Passerini

Source: Lt John D. Mahoney / Canada. Dept. of National Defence / Library and Archives Canada / PA-141569

Canadian Naval Craft Sink German U-boat

The Halifax Chronicle 01 Jun 1944

Researched by / Courtesy of George Newbury

 

Ships mentioned in the article:  HMCS GATINEAU, HMCS CHAUDIERE, HMCS CHILLIWACK, HMCS FENNEL, HMCS ST CATHARINES, HMS ICARUS

Canadian Warships Rescue U-Boat Crew

Article on the rescue of survivors from U-744

The Halifax Chronicle 01 Jun 1944

Researched by / Courtesy of George Newbury

 

Ships mentioned in the article:  HMCS CHAUDIERE, HMCS CHILLIWACK, HMCS FENNEL, HMCS ST CATHARINES

 

Sailors mentioned in the article:  Lt Douglas S. Boyle, RCN of Revelstoke, BC (HMCS Chaudiere);  Lt Charles Rathget, RCNVR of Toronto (HMCS Chaudiere);  PO Stevenson;  Lt W.W. Spicer, RCNVR of Regina, Sask

The mast of HMCS Chilliwack K131 at HMCS Star, Hamilton

Courtesy of Neil Bell, LCdr, RCN, Ret'd

Curator HMCS Star Historical Collection

Plaque at the base of the mast from HMCS Chilliwack at HMCS Star, Hamilton

Courtesy of Neil Bell, LCdr, RCN, Ret'd

Curator HMCS Star Historical Collection

Name plate HMCS Chilliwack K131 at HMCS Star, Hamilton

Courtesy of Neil Bell, LCdr, RCN, Ret'd

Curator HMCS Star Historical Collection

HMCS Chilliwack K131

From the collection of Gerald James Ryan

Courtesy of Kevin Ryan

HMCS Chilliwack K131

From the collection of Gerald James Ryan

Courtesy of Kevin Ryan

 

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(1) Unknown ship - possibly a Town class destroyer. Photo taken from HMCS Chilliwack    (2) Sailors on HMCS Chilliwack with the catch of the day  (3) Wilson McMurdo (left) and shipmate (right) ashore.  Location and person in the middle unknown  (4) Sailors on HMCS Chilliwack - Wilson McMurdo on right  (6-7) HMCS Chilliwack on the slips in Sydney, NS  (7) Chipping ice off HMCS Chilliwack  (8) Sailors on HMCS Chilliwack

 

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(9-11) Captured German U-boat U-774. Photos taken from HMCS Chilliwack  (12) Convoy escorts surround U-744 - 06 Mar 1944  (13) Captured crew members from U-744 on deck of HMCS Chilliwack K131 for some air  (14) Newspaper article from The Evening Telegram, Toronto 14 Jul 1945 on the capture of U-744  (15) Newspaper article from The Evening Telegram, Toronto of crew painting a U-boat on their gun shield

 

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(16) After bandstand on HMCS Chilliwack K131  (17) Wilson McMurdo (right) and unknown shipmate relaxing against the breakwater on the fo'c's'le of HMCS Chilliwack K131  (18) Wilson McMurdo holding ship's mascot on HMCS Chilliwack K131. Other sailor unknown  (19) Mascot of HMCS Chilliwack K131 (Webmaster's note:  Can it look any cuter?)  (20) HMCS Chilliwack K131  (21) HMCS Chilliwack K131 astern of unknown corvette. Appears to be a minesweeper in the slips on her port side  (22) Wilson McMurdo (right) and unknown sailor on HMCS Chilliwack K131  (23) Looking out at large swell off HMCS Chilliwack K131

 

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(24) Sailors relaxing just aft the funnel on HMCS Chilliwack K131  (26-26) Unknown sailors on HMCS Chilliwack holding a depth charge (Webmaster's note: since the MK VII depth charge carried 290 lbs of TNT, it weighed in the area of 400 lbs.  It is most likely that these two sailors are carrying the dummy charge used for training on firing the thrower.)  (27) Sailors on the fo'c's'le of HMCS Chilliwack K131  (28) Whaler from HMCS Chilliwack K131 under sail  (29) Unknown sailor by depth charge thrower on the quarterdeck of HMCS Chilliwack K131  (30) Wilson McMurdo (right) and ship mates on the fo'c's'le of HMCS Chilliwack K131

 

From the collection of Wilson Reginald McMurdo

Courtesy of Scott Wilson McMurdo

 

These photos are not for reproduction or reposting without permission of Scott McMurdo

 

HMCS Chilliwack jacked patch

Courtesy of Scott McMurdo

HMCS Chilliwack K131

DND / RCN photo # HSO 343-114A

From the collection of Wilson Reginald McMurdo

Courtesy of Scott Wilson McMurdo

 

Click here to view the signatures on the back of the photo

 

The names here were transcribed from the back of the photo. When not sure of spelling (?sp) was put by the name. A few of the names could not be made out at all.  If you are able to make out any of the missing names or correct and of those shown here, please send me an email 

 

G. Feltis (?sp), M. Kirstiuk, L. Ross, R.N. Herd, R.N. Rand, L.B. Taylor, J. Boucher, Z.W. Tucker, R.L. Carlson, R.C. Powct (?sp), B. Lindblom, L. McDonald, P. Benson, W.R. McKenna, J. L. Mather, B. Clayton, J. Jackson, H. Stewart, W. Martinson (?sp), A.W. Lute (?sp), Husson, Wm Belash, A. Lang (Doc), Jeff Wards, John MacNeil, Johnny Crook, Chas. Lose (?sp) (Sabo), R. Dureanel (?sp) (Harpo), R.K. Clutsam (VA), J.L. Allison, Yeo, D. Biletchi, Joe Price (Guchio), Gerald J. Ryan, Freddy McCormick, J. Spence, Douglas R. Walion (?sp), Pele Walsor (?sp?, Fred Jones, E.A. Travis

HMCS Chilliwack K131 circa 1943-1944

Photo taken from HMCS Kamloops K176

From the collection of Kenneth Medford, DSM

Courtesy of Gary Medford

 

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(1) HMCS Chilliwack K131 circa 1941  (2) HMCS Chilliwack K131 circa 1941  (3) Pierre, George and Doug on HMCS Chilliwack K131  (4) Billy on HMCS Chilliwack K131  (5) Bill and Doug on HMCS Chilliwack K131  (6) "The Barrens of Iceland"  (7) Pierre in Iceland - in background, farmer moving hay bales on horses  (8) The boys of Chilliwack in Iceland

 

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(9-10) Icelandic farmer moving hay bales on horses  (11) 'Swain and Brownie (right) ashore in Iceland  (12) Brownie with Icelandic pony  (13) Local riding an Icelandic pony  (14) Boys ashore in Iceland waiting for boat to take them back to HMCS Chilliwack K131  (15) "Boys in Iceland" on HMCS Chilliwack K131  (16) HMCS Chilliwack K131 at anchor, Iceland circa 1941 - Chilliwack is the corvette on the left

 

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(17) Army blokes in Iceland - Limeys  (18) Corvettes in Line Abreast formation - Photo taken from HMCS Chilliwack K131  (19) Christmas Day in Iceland  (20) HMCS Chilliwack K131 "heading back to Newfie John"  (21) Convoy to the U.K.  (22) Convoy  (23) Erin (Ireland)  (24) Castle in Irish Free State

 

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(25-26) Loch Foyle, Ireland  (27) Londonderry Sunset  (28) Goodbye to Derry  (29) Goodbye Erin  (30) Convoy astern of HMCS Chilliwack K131  (31) Scotty and Pooky on HMCS Chilliwack K131  (32) Scotty with a flounder on HMCS Chilliwack K131

 

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(33) Jack Corwin the mad barber, on our way to the east coast via Panama - Note: the photo was taken just forward the bridge prior to Chilliwack going into refit to have her fo'c's'le extended and mast move astern of the bridge.  (34) Colter and Patty by the hedgehog  (35) Robert Macklem (left) and Coulter by hedgehog  (36) Chilliwack iced up of Iceland, Christmas 1942  (36) CB in quit suit minus drape - Webmaster's note: I have no idea what that means.  (38) "Flounders" - HMCS Chilliwack's crew holding the catch of the day  (39) "and more fish" - HMCS Chilliwack's crew holding the catch of the day  (40) "Cut her up chief" - The catch of the day being cleaned and cut up

 

(41) Quartermaster (QM) Pooky on HMCS Chilliwack  (42) Robert Macklem on HMCS Chilliwack  (43) "The Rugged Line" - Three unknown sailors on HMCS Chilliwack  (44) "The Rugged King" - Unknown sailor on HMCS Chilliwack  (45) Quarterdeck of HMCS Chilliwack from the Yardarm  (46) "Montreal Kid" - Unknown sailor on HMCS Chilliwack  (47) "No more shore leave" - Two unknown sailors and HMCS Chilliwack's mascot, Champ, watching the shoreline disappear as they head out to sea  (48) Port side aft, looking forward on HMCS Chilliwack

 

From the collection of Robert Macklem

Courtesy of Kelly Macklem & Bob Macklem

Portside, mid ships looking forward on HMCS Chilliwack K131

From the collection of Robert Macklem

Courtesy of Kelly Macklem

Kathy the Cat

Ship's Mascot of HMCS Chilliwack K131

From the collection of Robert Macklem

Courtesy of Kelly Macklem

Ken and Champ between the depth charge rails on HMCS Chilliwack K131

From the collection of Robert Macklem

Courtesy of Kelly Macklem

Ken holding ship's mascot Champ, and two unknown sailors sitting on the depth charge rails on HMCS Chilliwack K131

From the collection of Robert Macklem

Courtesy of Kelly Macklem

"Chilliwack Iced Up"

Minesweeping gear and depth charges on HMCS Chilliwack K131 covered in ice

From the collection of Robert Macklem

Courtesy of Kelly Macklem

Danny on the windlass on HMCS Chilliwack K131

From the collection of Robert Macklem

Courtesy of Kelly Macklem

Danny by the 4-inch gun on HMCS Chilliwack K131

From the collection of Robert Macklem

Courtesy of Kelly Macklem

"Doug and S2"

Doug by a depth charge thrower on HMCS Chilliwack K131

From the collection of Robert Macklem

Courtesy of Kelly Macklem

Doug standing on the guard rail and holding the jack staff on HMCS Chilliwack K131

From the collection of Robert Macklem

Courtesy of Kelly Macklem

4-inch gun on HMCS Chilliwack K131 - photo taken from the wheelhouse

From the collection of Robert Macklem

Courtesy of Kelly Macklem

Atlantic Charter Conference

Placentia Bay, NFLD 9-12 Aug 1941

 

 

Above:  HMS Ripley and HMS Prince of Wales

 

      

 

Left: The battleship HMS Prince of Wales     Centre: Ships at anchor, Placentia Bay, NFLD    

 

Right: "End of a Rendezvous" - The battleship HMS Prince of Wale in the distance in the centre of the photo

 

From the collection of Robert Macklem

Courtesy of Kelly Macklem & Bob Macklem

 

Historical note: The first wartime meeting of Winston Churchill and Franklin D. Roosevelt, the so-called "Atlantic Conference" or "Atlantic Charter Conference", was held from 9-12 August 1941. The conference took place off Ship Harbor, Placentia Bay, Newfoundland (Canada).  Roosevelt already arrived as early as 7 August in Placentia Bay aboard the heavy cruiser USS "Augusta", escorted by the heavy cruiser USS "Tuscaloosa", and the destroyers "Madison", "Moffett", "Sampson", "Winslow" and "McDougal". Churchill arrived on 9 August from England aboard the battleship HMS "Prince of Wales", escorted by the British destroyer HMS "Ripley" and the Canadian destroyers HMCS "Restigouche" and "Assiniboine". The first meeting of the US president and the British prime minister took place on 9 August on board of the "Augusta". Their second meeting was held on 10 August aboard the "Prince of Wales", and the following day the conference continued on the "Augusta" again, which also was the location of the final meeting on 12 August. After the conference ended that day, both Churchill and Roosevelt left Placentia Bay on the same ships and with the same escort vessels they arrived with four days earlier. The principal result of the meeting was the issuance of the Atlantic Charter which for security reasons, was dated two days after the closing of the conference. The Atlantic Charter, with its eight principles for a better postwar world, was in fact the genesis of the United Nations. The name "United Nations" was first used in the published joint, or "United Nations," declaration of January 1, 1942, in which all of the Allied nations pledged themselves to support the principles of the Atlantic Charter.

White Ensign on HMCS Chilliwack K141

From the collection of Robert Macklem

Courtesy of Kelly Macklem

HMCS Chilliwack K131 - Flag host for oiling up

From the collection of Robert Macklem

Courtesy of Kelly Macklem

Flag hoist signal on HMCS Chilliwack K131

From the collection of Robert Macklem

Courtesy of Kelly Macklem

Frank doing a handstand just aft of the funnel on HMCS Chilliwack K131

From the collection of Robert Macklem

Courtesy of Kelly Macklem

Gordon and Monae - HMCS Chilliwack secured alongside

From the collection of Robert Macklem

Courtesy of Kelly Macklem

"Green one"

HMCS Chilliwack K131 bites into a wave

From the collection of Robert Macklem

Courtesy of Kelly Macklem

The Chief and John working on the minesweeping gear on HMCS Chilliwack K131

 From the collection of Robert Macklem

Courtesy of Kelly Macklem

HMCS Chilliwack K131

From the collection of Robert Macklem

Courtesy of Kelly Macklem

ST Shack (or what's left of it) on HMCS Chilliwack K131

From the collection of Robert Macklem

Courtesy of Kelly Macklem

Sailors of HMCS Chilliwack on the bandstand

 

     

 

(1) Boyd, AA3   (2) "Bluenose"   (3) Robert Macklem

 

From the collection of Robert Macklem

Courtesy of Kelly Macklem

HMS Berwick and corvettes of W-4

Photo taken from HMCS Chilliwack K131

From the collection of Robert Macklem

Courtesy of Kelly Macklem

"The Boys"

HMCS Chilliwack K131

 

     

 

From the collection of Robert Macklem

Courtesy of Kelly Macklem

HMCS Chilliwack K131

Photo taken from the fantail - looking forward

From the collection of Robert Macklem

Courtesy of Kelly Macklem

Handy and Chapman on HMCS Chilliwack K131

From the collection of Robert Macklem

Courtesy of Kelly Macklem

Jacky and George in the bandstand loading ammunition belts - HMCS Chilliwack K131

From the collection of Robert Macklem

Courtesy of Kelly Macklem

Lorwin and Sweezer

From the collection of Robert Macklem

Courtesy of Kelly Macklem

Wilf on HMCS Chilliwack K131

From the collection of Robert Macklem

Courtesy of Kelly Macklem

Willie on watch on the bandstand - HMCS Chilliwack K131

From the collection of Robert Macklem

Courtesy of Kelly Macklem

William Mason in his mic - HMCS Chilliwack K131

From the collection of Robert Macklem

Courtesy of Kelly Macklem

Tony on the fo'c's'le of HMCS Chilliwack K131

From the collection of Robert Macklem

Courtesy of Kelly Macklem

HMCS Chilliwack K131

Note the faint gunshield art and also that the censor tried to obscure the radar

DND/RCN photo L3701R

 

Click here to view a zoomed in image on the gunshield

 

From the collection of Robert Macklem

Courtesy of Kelly Macklem

 


 

Webmaster's note: The photos below from Charlie's collection are not in any particular date sequence as no dates were listed on most of the photos.  They have been grouped where possible by subject. Some photos were reprinted and are indicated with the word "reprint" in the photo descriptions.  Click on "reprint" to view those.  Names listed in the captions are left to right unless otherwise indicated.

 

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(CH17) Charlie Howell (right) and unknown shipmate onboard HMCS CHILLIWACK K131

(CH18) Charlie Howell by the depth charge rails on HMCS CHILLIWACK K131

(CH19) "Beautiful" George (Smitty) Smith on the boat deck just aft the funnel on HMCS CHILLIWACK K131

(CH20) The White Ensign on HMCS CHILLIWACK K131

(CH21) Charlie Howell, Melnk (?Melnyk) and Norm ashore (from HMCS CHILLIWACK K131)

 

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(CH22) "Good Looking" - Unknown sailor on HMCS CHILLIWACK K131 - reprint

(CH23) Chartrand on HMCS CHILLIWACK K131 - reprint

(CH24) George Smith and Bob Pratley on HMCS CHILLIWACK K131 - reprint

(CH25) Sailors relaxing on the quarterdeck of HMCS CHILLIWACK K131. One is playing a banjo

(CH26) "Flakers" - Sailors relaxing on the quarterdeck of HMCS CHILLIWACK K131. One is playing a banjo

 

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(CH27) Gun and bridge of HMCS CHILLIWACK K131 - looking aft from the bullring. Ship is in harbour at St. John's, Nfld

(CH28) Shayler and Norm Herd on duty on HMCS CHILLIWACK K131

(CH29) Norm Herd (right) with Charlie Howell on HMCS CHILLIWACK K131.  Norm is on duty.

(CH30) Joe Price by the anchor windlass on HMCS CHILLIWACK K131. The ship is in harbour at St. John's, Nfld

(CH31) Bill Craig, Law, Price, Cliff, George on HMCS CHILLIWACK K131. The sailor with the hat is unknown - reprint

 

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(CH32) "Me and Handsome" - Charlie Howell and George Smith on HMCS CHILLIWACK K131

(CH33) Sandy Jewett by the Carley Floats on HMCS CHILLIWACK K131 - reprint

(CH34) Sandy Jewett in the gun tub on HMCS CHILLIWACK K131

(CH35) Three corvettes nested alongside - location unknown

(CH36) Salty (?Galty) and Bull on HMCS CHILLIWACK K131

 

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(CH37) Tot time on HMCS CHILLIWACK K131 - reprint

(CH38) Unknown sailing vessel in harbour at St. John's, Nfld - reprint

(CH39) Peaches (George Smith) and Brunel on HMCS CHILLIWACK K131 - reprint

(CH40) Four sailors on the yardarm of HMCS CHILLIWACK K131 (Webmaster's note) I don't see any safety lines

(CH41) Charlie Howell and George Smith on HMCS CHILLIWACK K131

 

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(CH42) Unknown sailor on HMCS CHILLIWACK K131

(CH43) "Geechee Joe" on the fo'c's'le of HMCS CHILLIWACK K131 - reprint

(CH44) Jack on duty on HMCS CHILLIWACK K131. Note the dhobey (laundry) hanging behind Jack.

(CH45) Charlie Howell on HMCS CHILLIWACK K131. The ship is in harbour at St. John's, Nfld. Based on the background it looks like is dhobey (laundry) day

(CH46) Norm, Swain and Cliff on HMCS CHILLIWACK K131 - reprint

 

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(CH47) Angel sitting in an air intake on HMCS CHILLIWACK K131

(CH48) Merchant ships in the distance seen from HMCS CHILLIWACK K131 - reprint

(CH49) Unknown sailor on HMCS CHILLIWACK catching a bit of sleep during a quiet moment - reprint

(CH50) Bill Craig on HMCS CHILLIWACK K131. CHILLIWACK is alongside an unknown and much larger vessel

(CH51) Depth charge rails on the quarterdeck of HMCS CHILLIWACK K131. A couple ships in convoy can bee seen on the horizon

 

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(CH52) Mac on the yardarm of HMCS CHILLIWACK K131

(CH53) Norm Herd and Cliff on HMCS CHILLIWACK K131

(CH54) Sailors on HMCS CHILLIWACK K131 by the gun tub, the Carley floats and on the quarter deck - reprint

(CH55) Norm, Law, Adams and Brunel on HMCS CHILLIWACK K131

(CH56) Unknown sailor by the anchor windlass on HMCS CHILLIWACK K131 - reprint

 

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(CH57) Fo'c's'le and gun deck of HMCS CHILLIWACK K131 - reprint

(CH58) Looking out to sea over the starboard side of gun deck of HMCS CHILLIWACK K131 - reprint

(CH59) Iceberg astern of HMCS CHILLIWACK K131 - off Newfoundland

(CH60) Iceberg astern of HMCS CHILLIWACK K131 - off Newfoundland - reprint

(CH61) Convoy seen from HMCS CHILLIWACK K131

 

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(CH62) Looking aft down the starboard side of the boat deck of HMCS CHILLIWACK K131 - reprint

(CH63) Merchant ship seen from HMCS CHILLIWACK K131

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(CH66) HMCS CHILLIWACK K131 transferring depth charges from a merchant ship at sea

 

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(CH67) George Smith on HMCS CHILLIWACK K131

(CH68) Unknown sailor on the quarterdeck of HMCS CHILLIWACK K131

(CH69) Unknown sailor by the 4-inch gun on HMCS CHILLIWACK K131 - reprint

(CH70) George Smith and Charlie Howell on HMCS CHILLIWACK K131

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(CH72) Charlie Howell in the after gun tub on HMCS CHILLIWACK K131

(CH73) Sailors on the quarterdeck of HMCS CHILLIWACK K131 directly below the after gun tub - reprint

(CH74) Castle Class Corvettes nested alongside - location unknown

(CH75) Charlie Howell (right) with the ships VA (Victualling Assistant) on HMCS CHILLIWACK K131

(CH76) Writing on the back of photo CH75

 

CH77

CH78

CH79

(CH77) HMCS CHILLIWACK K131 in refit Apr-Oct 1943 for her extended fo'c's'le - reprint

(CH78) The screw and rudder of HMCS CHILLIWACK K131

(CH79) Unknown corvette - possibly CHILLIWACK just after her 1943 refit when she received her extended fo'c's'le

 

CH80

CH81

CH82

CH83

(CH80) St. George's Bermuda Dec 1943 - Jan 1944 during Work-ups after refit - reprint

(CH81) British submarine in Bermuda. RN subs were stationed at Bermuda for anti-submarine training - reprint

(CH82) a damaged photo, the same as the previous photo of a sub at Bermuda - but with slightly better contrast to see some details

(CH83) Sailors on the fo'c's'le of HMCS CHILLIWACK K131. Bermuda in the background - reprint

 

CH84

CH85

CH86

CH87

(CH84) Charlie Howell by the bull ring on HMCS CHILLIWACK K131

(CH85) Unknown sailors on HMCS CHILLIWACK K131 - reprint

(CH86) Bob Pretty, Joe and Charlie Howell on the fo'c's'le of HMCS CHILLIWACK K131

(CH87) Charlie Howell on HMCS CHILLIWACK K131

 

CH88

CH89

CH90

(CH88-CH90) HMCS CHAUDIERE H99 seen from HMCS CHILLIWACK K131

 

CH91

CH92

(CH91-CH92) Captured German U-boat U-744 on the starboard side of HMCS CHILLIWACK K131 - 06 Mar 1944

 

CH93

CH94

CH95

CH96

(CH93) Rapana Class Merchant Aircraft Carrier (MAC)

(CH94) American Landing Ship Tank (LST) US 375

(CH95) American Landing ship US 674 - reprint

(CH96) Unknown vessel

 

From the collection of Charlie Howell, Submarine Detector, RCNVR

 

Courtesy of Norma Howell

 


 

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