For Posterity's Sake         

A Royal Canadian Navy Historical Project

HMCS COMOX J64

Then Tug SUNG MING (1946)

HMCS Comox J64

Source: Flickr photo collection of Ron Bell

 

Laid down: 05 Feb 1938

Launched: 09 Aug 1938

Commissioned: 23 Nov 1938

Paid off: 27 Jul 1945

Sold: 1946

Fate: Final disposition unknown

 

Commissioned on 23 Nov 1938, Comox was stationed at Esquimalt at the outbreak of the war, and carried out local patrol duties until Mar 1940, when, with Nootka, she was ordered to the east coast. Arriving at Halifax in Apr 1940, she spent the entire war on local minesweeping duties with Halifax Local Defence Force. On 15 Jan 1945, with Fundy, she rescued survivors from the U.S. liberty ship Martin van Buren, torpedoed off Halifax. She was paid off 27 Jul 1945. Sold for commercial use in 1946 she was converted to a tug, the Sung Ming.

 

Commanding Officers

LCdr Henry Wickens Stephens Soulsby, RCNR - 23 Nov 1938 - 26 May 1940

A/LCdr Dickson Carlisle Wallace, RCNR - 27 May 1940 - 27 Jul 1940

A/Cdr Henry Wickens Stephens Soulsby, RCN - 28 Jul 1940 - 09 Oct 1940

Lt R.R. Kenny, RCNR - 10 Oct 1940 - 22 Jun 1941

A/Lt Thomas Gilmour, RCNR - 23 Jun 1941 - 02 Aug 1941

Mate J.R. Biggs, RCNR - 29 Sep 1941 - 25 Mar 1942

Lt Frank Goddard Hutchings, RCNR - 26 Mar 1942 - 03 Aug 1942

Lt J.P.A. Duggan, RCNR - 04 Aug 1942 - 13 Apr 1944

Lt Joseph Eudore Napoleon Vezina, RCNR - 14 Apr 1944 - 27 Jul 1945

 

     In memory of those who have crossed the bar    

They shall not be forgotten

A-B

Arsenault, Gerald

1923-2004

Bowling, Harold Mawson

1923-2001

Served in Comox as a Telegraphist

Bridgman, Arthur L.

____-2012

 

 

C-D

Dowling, Herbert Edward

1907-1978

 

 

 

 

K-L

Langille, Ernest Gordon

1922-2008

 

 

 

 

S-T

Tomalty, Leonard

1915-2010

 

 

 

 

W-X

Walker, Leslie

1918-2009

Wight, Clifford

____-2005

Drafted to Comox 08 Apr 1944 as a Slt, RCNVR

 

 

 

Y-Z

Young, Breen Philip

1912-1956

Drafted to Comox 01 Jun 1940 as A/Mate, RCNR

 

 

 

 

 

Former Crew Members

Beaubien, Joseph Albert Paul Andre, A/Skpr, RCNR - 28 Apr 1940

 

Bewley, Albert Leslie, Slt, RCNVR - Jan 1945

 

Burke, Alexander James, Skpr/Lt, RCNVR - 11 Apr 1945

 

Gain, Howard Francis, Slt, RCNVR - 08 Jun 1943

Hutton, Noel Harry, Skpr, RCNR - 22 May 1940

 

Lawless, Howard Blais, Ch/Skpr, RCNR - 02 May 1941

 

McPherson, Douglas Cluny, Slt, RCNVR - 24 Mar 1942

 

Robinson, Ben Norman, Slt, RCNVR - 30 Jun 1944

Rowbotham, Henry Slater, Slt, RCNVR - 12 Mar 1945

 

Vezina, Joseph Eudore Napoleon, Skpr, RCNR - 27 Mar 1942

 

 

Photos and Documents

 

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