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HMCS EYEBRIGHT K150

Former HMS EYEBRIGHT K150

Then HMS EYEBRIGHT K150 (1945)

Then Dutch Whale-Catcher ALBERT W. VINKE (1947)

HMCS Eyebright K150

Source: Flickr photo collection of Ron Bell

 

Laid down: 20 Feb 1940

Launched: 22 Jul 1940

Commissioned: 26 Nov 1940

Transferred to RCN: 15 May 1941

Commissioned: 15 May 1941

Paid off: 17 Jun 1945

Returned to the RN: 17 Jun 1945

Sold: 17 May 1947 to commercial use

Fate: Broken up 1964-65 in Cape Town

 

Built for the RN, she was commissioned at Montreal on 26 Nov 1940 as HMCS Eyebright. She arrived incomplete at Halifax on 11 Dec 1940 and, after working up, left on 21 Jan 1941, with convoy HX.104 for Sunderland. There she was completed on 16 Apr 1941, and proceeded to Tobermory to work up. Transferred to the RCN on 15 May 1941 and commissioned as HMCS Eyebright K150, she was later allocated to EG 4 (RN), based at Iceland, whence she sailed on 12 Jun 1941 to join convoy OB.332 for Halifax. She joined Newfoundland Command in Jun 1941, and for the next five months was employed as escort to convoys between St. John's and Iceland. In Nov 1941 she began a refit at Charleston, S.C., resuming escort duty late in Jan 1942, and arrived at Londonderry with her first transatlantic convoy, SC.66, on 06 Feb 1942. In Jan 1943, she joined EG C-3, and in Jul 1943 commenced two months' refit at Baltimore, Md., including fo'c's'le extension. Following repairs at Pictou and workups at Bermuda in the summer of 1944, she joined EG W-3, WLEF, and saw continuous service in the western Atlantic until the end of the war, with one further round trip to Londonderry as a temporary member of EG C-5. Eyebright was returned to the RN at Belfast on 17 Jun 1945, and sold in 1947 for conversion to a whale-catcher. She entered service in 1950 as the Dutch Albert W. Vinke, last appearing in Lloyd's list for 1964-65.

 

(Note: Although the place & date of foc'sle extension of HMCS Eyebright (K150) is listed as 21 Aug 43, at Baltimore, MD, was obtained from official records, photographic evidence seems to prove this wrong. It is more likely that Eyebright's Fo'c'le extension was completed between Dec 41, & Jan 42 Charleston, SC. Source: RCN News Magazine)

 

Commanding Officers

Lt Egbert Randell, RCNR - 26 Nov 1940 - 24 Jun 1941

Lt Herbert Coates Reynard Davis, RCNR - 25 Jun 1941 - 11 Feb 1943

Lt William Watt Hackney, RCNR - 11 Feb 1943 - unk

Lt Howard Lee Quinn, RCNVR - unk  - 03 Sep 1944

Lt Robert James Margesson, RCNVR - 02 Sep 1944 - 17 Jun 1945

  

     In memory of those who made the ultimate sacrifice    

     Lest We Forget     

 

- Book of Remembrance entry     - Grave or burial information

DRODY, William Raymond

LS, A/2747, RCNR

killed - 28 Mar 1941 

  

     In memory of those who have crossed the bar    

They shall not be forgotten

A-B

Boyce, Ronald Gordon

1914-1978

Drafted to Eyebright 01 Jan 1944 as Lt, RCNR

 

 

 

 

C-D

Davidson, John Cameron

1921-2008

 

 

 

 

K-L

LeFroy, Peter Anthony

1920-2010

 

 

 

 

 

M-N

Margesson, Robert James

1916-2009

 Commanding Officer HMCS Eyebright 02 Sep 1944 - 17 Jun 1945

Myers, Alexander James

1924-2009

 

 

 

O-P

Pendergast, James Edward

1925-2011

 

 

 

 

S-T

Sanger, Herbert Edgar

1918-2009

Thwaites, Harold Morton

1925-2010

 

 

 

 

Former Crew Members

Crone, Thomas Henry, Slt, RCNVR - 25 Mar 1943

 

Campbell, Peter George Raoul, Lt, RCNVR - Jan 1942

 

Francis, Allan Frederick, Slt, RCNVR - 24 Jul 1944

 

Hardwick, James, Slt, RCNVR

Harwood, Trevor Arnold, Lt, RCNVR - 03 Mar 1942

 

Johnston, Roger Windham Squire, Lt, RCNVR - 16 Feb 1944

 

LeFebvre, Marcel Lorne, Lt, RCNVR - 15 Feb 1944

Mainguy, James Wishart, Slt, RCNVR - 12 Feb 1943

 

Ransom, William James, Slt, RCNVR - 26 Mar 1945

 

Sexton, John C., Slt, RCNVR - 03 Feb 1945

 

Photos and Documents

 

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