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A Royal Canadian Navy Historical Project



Source: Flickr photo collection of Ron Bell

HMCS  Dauphin K157

Source: Flickr photo collection of Ron Bell


Laid down: 06 Jul 1940

Launched: 24 Oct 1940

Commissioned: 17 May 1941

Paid off: 20 Jun 1945

Fate: Sold to civilian use. Final disposition  unknown.


Built by Canadian Vickers Ltd., Montreal, she was commissioned at Montreal on 17 May 1941 and arrived at Halifax on 24 May 1941. She joined Sydney Force late in Jun 1941 and in Sep 1941 transferred to Newfoundland Command. She left Sydney on 05 Sep 1941 to join her maiden convoy, SC.43, continuing on to the U.K. for further workups at Tobermory and returning to mid-ocean service in mid-Oct 1941. Dauphin was almost continuously employed as an ocean escort until Aug 1944, after Dec 1942 as a member of EG A-3, (re-designated C-5 in Jun 1943). She escorted three particularly strenuous convoys: SC.100 (Sep 1942), On.166 (Feb 1943), and SC.121 (Mar 1943). In the course of a major refit at Pictou from Apr to Sep 1943, her fo'c's'le was lengthened. Dauphin left Londonderry for the last time on 11 Aug 1944, underwent refit at Liverpool, N.S., then proceeded to Bermuda to work up. Returning in Jan 1945, she was assigned to EG W-7, Western Escort Force, for the balance of the war. She was paid off at Sorel on 20 Jun 1945, and sold for conversion to a merchant ship. Dauphin was converted to a merchant ship at the yards of Steel and Engine Products, Liverpool, NS.  Named Dundas Kent, just as she neared completion she caught fire and burned at the pier. Repair, she entered service in 1949 as the Honduran Cortes. She became the Ecuadorian flagged vessel San Antonio in 1955. she was still listed in Lloyd's Register in 1977-78.


Photos and Documents


Commanding Officers

LCdr Robert Aubern Stuart McNeil, OBE, RCNR - 17 May 1941 - 17 Jan 1943

A/LCdr Matthew Howard Wallace, RCNR - 18 Jan 1943 - 10 Oct 1944

Lt Edward Ross O'Kelly, RCNVR - 11 Oct 1944 - 20 Jun 1945


     In memory of those who have crossed the bar    

They shall not be forgotten


Dartnell, Clinton Leroy







Fenson, Morley







Jones, Herbert W.







Keeling, John Percival


 Drafted to Dauphin K157 on 14 May 1941 (Stand by). Commissioning crew as Slt, RCNVR, XO






McLaren, William


McLean, Fred


McNevin, Sydney Raymond





Scully, William Ernest


Drafted to Dauphin 13 Dec 1941 as a Slt, RCNVR

Turney, James Garth


Served in Dauphin in 1942 (approx)





Wennburg, Edgar Theodore Pate


Drafted to Dauphin on 18 Jun 1942 as Lt, RCNVR

Westell, John Russell





Ship's Mascots








Former Crew Members

Allison, Ossie, PO 


Armstrong, Arthur Francis, Lt, RCNVR - 28 Jun 1943


Boucher, Allen, Lt, RCNVR - 14 May 1941 (Stand by) / 17 May 1941


Brassard, Guy Rene, Lt, RCNVR - 07 May 1945


Brown, Frederick Clayton 


Campbell, Dou, PO 


Carey, Bud, PO 


Cheevers, PO 


Cook, L. - 1943 


Cooke, Murray Hamel, Slt, RCNVR - 27 May 1941


Darlington, Art, CPO - 1943


Feuiltault, Guy - 1941-1945 


Fisher, Stan, CERA - 1944

Fletcher, Frederick. - 1943 


Grant, Donald - 1943


Grasse, G., Stoker - 1944


Guppy, Stoker - 1944


Hayes, L/Stoker - 1944


Huffman, Keith Cameron, Lt, RCNVR - 30 Mar 1944


Hunt, John Angus, Mate, RCNR - 17 May 1941


Kent, Allan Charles Wt (E), RCN - 04 May 1944


Knowles, John Irving, Wt (E), RCN - 10 Mar 1945


Lawson, John Eric, Slt, RCNVR - 23 Feb 1944


Little, Herbert Michael, Slt, RCNVR - 02 Mar 1943


MacLeod, John, CERA - 1944


MacNeil, Robert Aubern Stuart, LCdr, RCNR - 12 Apr 1941 (Stand by) CO


Manning, George Percy, Lt, RCNVR - 31 Mar 1944

Minty, Gordon Robert, Lt (E) - 29 Feb 1944


Murphy, L., Stoker PO - 1944


Parsons, Stoker PO - 1944


Sauve, G. - 1943 


Smith, L., L/Stoker - 1944


Spielmon, Stoker - 1944


Stinson, Frederick Thomas, Lt, RCNVR - 15 Feb 1944


Swackhammer, Erol - 1944 


Thomas, Stoker - 1944


Webb, G., PO - 1943 


Wise, Al, Stoker PO 1944


Wood, Stan, CPO - 1943 


Wotsencroft, Bob., PO - 1943 


Photos and Documents


HMCS  Dauphin at Pictou, Nova Scotia

Credit: DND/RCN

Donald Grant on 20 mm gun on foc'sle of HMCS Dauphin in 1943

Source: Flickr photo collection of Ron Bell

"Jiggs" - HMCS Dauphin's mascot

HMCS Dauphin 157 (2nd from the jetty), during her refit at Thompson Brothers' yard in Liverpool NS - Aug 1944 - Jan 1945

Courtesy of Tim MacDonald

M.V. Dundas Kent, formerly the corvette Dauphin, converted to a freighter by Steel and Engine Products of Liverpool, NS, burns at the wharf in Liverpool a few days before ready for sea.

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From the collection of Hector Dunlop

Courtesy of Jane Dunlop Stevenson, Liverpool, NS