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HMCS DRUMMONDVILLE J253

Then Merchant Vessel SS FORT ALBANY (1958)

HMCS Drummondville J253

 

Battle honours and awards:  Atlantic  1942-45,   Gulf of St. Lawrence  1942

 

 

Laid down: 01 Oct 1941

Launched: 21 May 1941

Commissioned: 30 Oct 1941

Paid off: 29 Oct 1945

Fate: Sunk 08 Dec 1963. Later raised and broken up.

 

Built at Montreal, she was commissioned there on 30 Oct 1941. She arrived at Halifax on 11 Nov 1941 and served at various times with WLEF, Gulf Escort Force, Halifax Local Defence Force, and Sydney Force before joining Newfoundland Force in Feb 1944. Following a major refit at Louisbourg, she proceeded to Bermuda in mid-Aug 1944 to work up, returning to St. John's early in Oct 1944. The Newfoundland Force was disbanded in Jun 1945, and from then until Oct 1945 Drummondville was employed at miscellaneous duties on the east coast. She was paid off at Halifax on 29 Oct 1945, and in 1946 placed in strategic reserve at Sorel. Re-acquired by the RCN in 1952, she was placed in reserve at Sydney but never re-commissioned, and in 1958 she was sold for conversion to a merchant ship. As SS Fort Albany she was sunk by collision near Sorel on 08 Dec 1963, and raised and broken up there they following year.

 

Commanding Officers

Lt James Philip Fraser, RCNR - 30 Oct 1941 - 16 Jan 1942

Lt James Philip Fraser, RCNR - 05 Feb 1942 - 12 Jan 1943

Lt Donald McIntosh Stewart, RCNR - 13 Jan 1943 - 01 Mar 1943

Lt James Philip Fraser, RCNR - 02 Mar 1943 - 09 May 1943

Lt Henry Clifford Hatch, RCNVR - 10 May 1943 - 07 Apr 1944

Skpr/Lt F.W.M. Drew, RCNR - 08 Apr 1944 - 09 Apr 1945

Lt George Enderby Cross, RCNVR - 10 Apr 1945 - 23 Jun 1945

 

     In memory of those who have crossed the bar    

They shall not be forgotten

A-B

Barwis, Dewey Ira Charles

1924-2008

Bobowski, Frank

1924-2009

 

 

 

G-H

Hatch, Henry Clifford

1916-2006

 

 

 

 

I-J

Johns, William Francis

____-1968

Served in Drummondville as a Signalman

 

 

 

 

M-N

Miller, Hugh Theodore

____-2007

Murphy, John Howard

1915-1977

Served in Drummondville 23 Oct 1943-28 Jan 1944

Murray, Ernest

1923-2002

Neil, Glendon

1925-2012

Nicholson, Allan Francis

1923-2011

Served in Drummondville 18 Jul 1944 - 09 Aug 1945

Norton, Arthur Harold

____-1996

 

 

 

 

 

Former Crew Members

Barry, Tom, Coder

 

Carroll, Gerard Richard, Lt, RCNVR - 07 Feb 1945

 

Colter, Harold Moorhouse, Lt, RCNVR - 10 May 1942

 

Dawson, James Frederick, Slt, RCNVR - 20 Jul 1944

 

Dick, Sidney Alexander, Slt (E), RCNVR - 26 Jun 1943

 

Dooley, Bob, Coder

 

Drysdale, George, O/Sig

 

Dupre, Yvon A., Slt, RCNR - Jan 1943

 

Flynn, Jack (Slim), Tel

 

Grant, Stephen Robert, Slt, RCNVR - 08 Apr 1944

Halloran, Leo, Sig

 

Horton, Sam, Coder

 

Isbister, Robert David, Lt, RCNVR - 12 Jul 1943

 

Lawatsky, Bill, Tel

 

MacMillan, Gord, L/Tel

 

Mansell, Richard Tennant, Slt (E), RCNVR - 25 Apr 1944

 

McIlhargey, Ross Leo, Slt, RCNVR - 05 Jul 1944

 

McLaughlin, William Gordon, Slt (E), RCNVR - Jan 1944

 

Noel, Joseph Sevrin Roger, Ch/Skpr, RCNR - 29 Jan 1945

Ouiona, Ed, Yeoman of Signals

 

Rennie, Frederick James, Lt (E), RCNR - 18 Jun 1943

 

Samuelsen, Sigurd, Cd (E) Lt (E), RCNR - Jan 1942 /  04 Feb 1942 / 13 Mar 1942

 

Sanderson, Donald McLean, Slt, RCNVR - 26 Jan 1945

 

Shove, Graham Frederick, Lt, RCNVR - 12 May 1944 / 15 May 1944

 

Walker, Howard, Tel

 

Watkins, William John, Slt, RCNVR - 20 Apr 45

 

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