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A Royal Canadian Navy Historical Project

HMCS ELK S05 / Z27

Former ARCADIA

Then Short-Haul Ferry GRAND MANAN III

HMCS Elk Z27

 

Launched: 1926

Commissioned: 10 Sep 1940

Paid off: 04 Aug 1945

Fate: Sold for breaking up in 1968

 

Built by Newport News SB Co., Newport News, VA., she was acquired by the RCN and left Halifax for Pictou on 21 Jun 1940, for conversion and arming, after which she was commissioned at Halifax on 10 Sep 1940 and transferred to America and West Indies Station.  She arrived in Bermuda on 23 Sep 1940, returning to Halifax from America & West Indies Station Bermuda on 13 May 1941.  Following a major refit there, she sailed for Trinidad on 02 Dec 1941.  On 11 May 1942, she returned to Halifax and was assigned to Sydney Force, serving extensively as escort to Sydney-Corner Brook convoys.  In Feb 1943, she was sent to Halifax for repairs, and in May 1943 transferred to Digby as a training ship.  A month later, however, she was moved to Shelburne, remaining there until Nov 1943 and then returning to Digby, where she was to be based until the end of the war.  She served almost continuously as escort to the ancient British training submarine L.23. Elk was paid off on 04 Aug 1945, and sold.  After long service as a short-haul passenger ferry, Grand Manan III, she was sold in 1968 for breaking up.

 

Commanding Officers

LCdr Norman Vincent Clark, RCNR - 10 Sep 1940 - 24 Jun 1941

Lt Redvers Hocken, RCNR - 14 Jul 1941 - 17 Aug 1941

Lt T. Gilmour, RCNR - 18 Aug 1941 - 31 Oct 1941

Lt T.B. Edward, RCNR - 01 Nov 1941 - 11 Dec 1942

Lt J.A. Dunn, RCNVR - 12 Dec 1942 - 14 Apr 1943

Skpr/Lt Walter Kenneth Stanley Hines, RCNR - 14 Apr 1943 - 18 Jun 1945

 

     In memory of those who have crossed the bar    

They shall not be forgotten

 

Former Crew Members

Awde, James Gordon, Slt, RCNVR - 20 Feb 1943

 

Aytoun, Roy Robert, Lt, RCNVR - 01 Jun 1942

 

Clark, Norman Vincent Clark, Lt, RCNR - 20 Jun 1940 (Stand by)

 

Hines, Walter Kenneth Stanley, Ch/Skpr, RCNR - 17 May 1941 / 11 Jun 1941

Marner, Martin Henry, Slt, RCNVR - 19 Feb 1945

 

MacLeod, Norman A., P/Slt, RCNVR - 15 May 1945

 

Pardee, Charles Henry, Slt, RCNVR - 11 Jun 1941

 

Pickard, Wilbert Charles, Wt (E), RCNR - 13 May 1942

Plant, Thomas Arthur, Slt, RCNVR - 22 Mar 1943

 

Somers, Louis Wilfred, A/Wt (E), RCNR - 23 May 1940 (Stand by)

 

Yendall, William George, Slt, RCNVR - 26 Jan 1944

 

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