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HMCS COPPER CLIFF K495

HMCS Copper Cliff K495

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Laid down: 29 Jun 1943

Launched: 24 Feb 1944

Transferred to RCN: 25 Jul 1944

Commissioned: 25 Jul 1944

Paid off: 21 Nov 1945

Fate: Sold to Chinese interests. Final disposition unknown.

 

Built at Blyth, UK, she was laid down as HMS Hever Castle K521. After completion she was transferred to the RCN and commissioned at Blyth, U.K., on 25 Jul 1944, as HMCS Copper Cliff K495. After working up at Tobermory in August she was assigned to EG C-6 but in fact joined EG C-7 then forming at Londonderry, in Oct 1944 and was thereafter continuously employed as an ocean escort. Copper Cliff left Londonderry for her final westward crossing early in Jun 1945, and later that month sailed from Halifax for Esquimalt. There, on 21 Nov 1945, she was paid off into reserve. In 1946 she became the Chinese-flag merchant ship Ta Lung, soon afterward renamed Wan Lee, and was taken over by the Chinese Communist government in 1949.

 

Photos and Documents          Ship's company photos

 

Convoys escorted during WW II

Convoy Desig.

Convoy Departs from

Arrives at

Join as escort

Depart Convoy 

ON.258

Southend (06 Oct 1944)

New York City (24 Oct 1944)

08 Oct 1944

17 Oct 1944

HX.315

New York City (20 Oct 1944)

Liverpool (03 Nov 1944)

26 Oct 1944

03 Nov 1944

ON.266

Southend (12 Nov 1944)

New York City (03 Dec 1944)

15 Nov 1944

26 Nov 1944

SC.162

Halifax (02 Dec 1944)

Liverpool (17 Dec 1944)

06 Dec 1944

16 Dec 1944

ONS.39

Liverpool (28 Dec 1944)

Halifax (13 Jan 1945)

29 Dec 1945

09 Jan 1945

HX.332

New York City (13 Jan 1945)

Liverpool (28 Jan 1945)

18 Jan 1945

28 Jan 1945

ON.283

Southend (05 Feb 1945)

New York City (27 Feb 1945)

07 Feb 1945

21 Feb 1945

HX.340

New York City (23 Feb 1945)

Liverpool (10 Mar 1945)

28 Feb 1945

10 Mar 1945

OS.117 / KMS.91

Downs (17 Mar 1945)

Gibraltar (26 Mar 1945)

18 Mar 1945

21 Mar 1945

ON.251

Southend (17 Mar 1945)

New York City (06 Apr 1945)

22 Mar 1945

30 Mar 1945

HX.348

New York City (03 Apr 1945)

Liverpool (23 Apr 1945)

08 Apr 1945

20 Apr 1945

ON.299

Southend (26 Apr1945)

New York City (13 May 1945)

28 Apr 1945

07 May  1945

HX.356

New York City (13 May 1945)

Liverpool (26 May 1945)

17 May 1945

26 May 1945

 

Commanding Officers

LCdr Frank Goddard Hutchings, RCNR - 25 Jul 1944 - 03 Dec 1944

A/LCdr F.W. Bogardus, RCNVR - 04 Dec 1944 - 11 Jan 1945

LCdr Frank Goddard Hutchings, RCNR - 12 Jan 1945 - 25 Jul 1945

Lt W.M. Combe, RCNR - 20 Aug 1945 - 20 Sep 1945

  

     In memory of those who have crossed the bar    

They shall not be forgotten

C-D

Charles, Ernest Deane

1922-2017

Duck, Jack McGregor

____-2007

Drafted to Copper Cliff 28 Apr 1945

 

 

 

G-H

Greenaway, Grant Victor

1925-2014

 

 

 

 

I-J

Jacobs, Robert Joseph

____-2009

 

 

 

 

K-L

Kelly, Philip John

1924-2011

Lavender, Emerson Stewart

1925-2009

 

 

 

M-N

MacKenzie, Cordlandt John Gordon

1920-2013

Drafted to Copper Cliff 06 Apr 1945 as Lt, RCNVR

McCoy, Mirrild E.

____-2000

Murray, Ernest

1923-2002

 

 

Q-R

Ross, Charles Albert

1902-1967

Served in Copper Cliff 17 Mar 1944 - 21 Nov 1945 as A/Wt (E), RCNR. Commissioning Crew

 

 

 

 

S-T

Steward, Donald George

____-____

Stratton, Eugene R.

____-1998

Served in Copper Cliff 25 Jul 1944 - 31 Aug 1945

 

 

 

W-X

Wilcox, John Fredrick

1925-2006

 

 

 

 

Ship's Mascots

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 Former Crew Members

Alston, Cal

 

Bruce-Robertson, Alan, Lt, RCNVR - 06 Apr 1945

 

Campbell, Vernon Angus, Slt, RCNVR - 1945

 

Carey, William J. (Bill) 

 

Corywell, John Warren, Lt, RCNVR - 06 Apr 1945

 

Day, Donald

 

 

Goode, Cepas Edward, A/Lt, RCNVR - 19 Apr 1944 (Stand by) / 25 Jul 1944

 

Gordon, Arnold

 

Harrison, James Cochrane, Lt, RCNVR - 19 Apr 1944 (Stand by) / 25 Jul 1944

 

Hudson, Kenneth Ernest 

 

Larocque, Paul Joseph

Manning, Henry William Barry, Lt, RCNVR - 19 Apr 1944 (Stand by) / 25 Jul 1944

 

Payne, Robert, CPO

 

Reid, Harold

 

Ritchie, Arthur Dudley, Lt, RCNVR - 19 Apr 1944 (Stand by) / 25 Jul 1944

 

Sheppart, Howard Douglas, Slt, RCNVR - 26 Feb 1945

 

Stevens, Allan Wilday, Lt, RCNVR - 19 Apr 1944 (Stand by)

 

Photos and Documents

 

A Squid, fired from HMCS Copper Cliff, explodes.

Source: WarMuseum.ca George Metcalf Archival Collection CWM 19900279-001 4

Grant Greenaway (right) on HMCS Copper Cliff K495 with shipmate

From the collection of Grant Greenaway

Courtesy of Gail Young

Grant Greenaway (right) in the Owl Bar in San Diego 1945

From the collection of Grant Greenaway

Courtesy of Gail Young

HMCS Copper Cliff alongside HMCS Merrittonia at sea

From the wartime photo collection of Raymond Burton.

This photo is not for reproduction, distribution or sale.

Copyright Elizabeth Wagner

 

 

                 

Photo album of Paul Larocque from when he served in HMCS Copper Cliff K495

 

From the collection of Paul Larocque

Courtesy of Aimee Rusaw

 

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(1) HMCS Copper Cliff  (2) HMCS Copper Cliff Christmas card  (3) HMCS Loch Alvie K428 approaches HMCS Copper Cliff  (4) HMCS Lanark K669 pulling away from HMCS Copper Cliff  (5) Troopship Queen Mary  (6) Royal Navy sub HMS Otway N51  (7) Royal Navy sub N27 in the slips  (8) Unknown trawler  (9) Merchant Aircraft Carrier - MAC

 

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(10) RCN Fairmile ML Q064  (11) Flower class corvette following astern of HMCS Copper Cliff through an ice field  (12) unknown ship  (13 & 14) HMCS Lanark K669  (15) unkown ship  (16) HMCS Copper Cliff conducting stern fueling from an oiler in convoy  (17) North Atlantic convoy  (18) a sunrise or sunset at sea

 

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(24) Sailors from HMCS Copper Cliff ashore - location unknown  (25) HMCS Sussexvale alongside the jetty  (26) Quarterdeck of HMCS Copper Cliff with convoy in background  (27) Mast of HMCS Copper Cliff

 

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(29) Depth charge thrower on HMCS Copper Cliff  (30) Starboard bridge wing on HMCS Copper Cliff  (34 - 35) Sailor on watch at AA gun on HMCS Copper Cliff

 

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(40-43) sailors in a seaman's mess on HMCS Copper Cliff  (44) Sailors on quarterdeck of HMCS Copper Cliff.  HMCS Port Colborne alongside  (45) Time of a haircut on the quarterdeck

 

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(46 & 47) sailors on the quarter deck of HMCS Copper Cliff  (48) Depth charge exploding astern of HMCS Copper Cliff  (51) Sailors working on a torpedo. It is not known what ship as Copper Cliff did not have torpedo tubes  (52) Squid launder on HMCS Copper Cliff

 

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(57) Sailor posing by starboard depth charge thrower on HMCS Copper Cliff  (58) Sailor painting ship on HMCS Copper Cliff  (59) Sailor working on starboard depth charge thrower on HMCS Copper Cliff  (60) Wheelhouse on HMCS Copper Cliff  (62) Fo'c's'le of HMCS Copper Cliff see from the crow's nest  (63) HMCS Copper Cliff

 

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(64) Looking after from the crow's nest on HMCS Copper Cliff  (65 - 68) Sailor on HMCS Copper Cliff enjoying a bit of solitude  (71 & 72) Launching of HMCS Copper Cliff's sea boat

 

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(73 - 80) Launching of HMCS Copper Cliff's sea boat

 

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(81 - 85) Smoke from burring tanker  (85) HMCS Copper Cliff steaming towards burning tanker

 

Photos of, on and from HMCS Copper Cliff, from the collection of William (Bill) Carey while he served in HMCS Copper Cliff K495

 

None of the sailors in these photos are identified.  If you are able to identify any of them, please send an EMAIL to the webmaster.

Courtesy of William (Bill) Carey via his nephew Jeff Tripp

 

HMCS Copper Cliff K495

From the collection of Nick Vukson

Courtesy of John Vukson

 

Note: This photo appears to be taken about the same time as photo #63 in the collection from William Carey

 

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