For Posterity's Sake         

A Royal Canadian Navy Historical Project


Former RCMP Vessel FRENCH


HMCS French, 1940

Source: The Ships of Canada's Naval Forces 1910-1981 by Ken Macpherson and John Burgess


Battle Honours and Awards:  Gulf of St Lawrence 1942 



Built: 1938 

Commissioned: 18 Sep 1939

Paid off: 

Fate: Damaged in a hurricane on 15 Aug 1953. Abandoned to underwriters.


A former RCMP vessel, she was commissioned at Halifax on 18 Sep 1939, for local patrol work. By the spring of 1942, French was based at Mulgrave, N.S., as an examination vessel, and in Dec 1942 was transferred to Saint John N.B. Force.  In May 1943, she joined Sydney Force and returned to examination service work in the Gut of Canso, based once more at Mulgrave. For her actions as an Escort Vessel, she was awarded the Battle Honour 'GULF OF ST LAWRENCE 1942'. In Jan 1944, she rejoined Halifax Local Defence Force, but after completing a major refit at Lunenburg in Jul 1944 she returned again to Mulgrave. Sold to commercial interests after the war, French was operating out of Halifax as Le Francais as recently as 1953.  On 15 Aug 1953 she was badly damaged in a hurricane off Cape May, N.J., and abandoned to the underwriters. 


Photos and Documents


Commanding Officers

Lt John Willard Bonner, RCNR - 18 Sep 1939  -  20 Feb 1940

A/Skpr Walter Philpott, RCNR - 21 Feb 1940 - 26 Feb 1941

Lt Douglas Wharrie Main, RCNR - 27 Feb 1941 - 22 Jul 1941

Skpr/Lt Kenneth William Newman Hall, RCNR - 23 Jul 1941 - 22 Oct 1942

Skpr/Lt W.G. Kent, RCNR - 23 Oct 1942 - 20 Sep 1946


     In memory of those who made the ultimate sacrifice    

     Lest We Forget     


Able Seaman, V/10304, RCNVR

died - 10 May 1941 


     In memory of those who have crossed the bar    

They shall not be forgotten


Bernays, Max Lepold


Bond, James


Bonner, John Willard

1st Commanding Officer

MPK 10 SEP 1942

HMCS Charlottetown

Brown, John Quentin Harcourt




Elford, Clyde Henry







Hunter, Ian William







Yanisiew, William Alexander







 Former Crew Members

Ascah, James Felix A/Ch/Skpr, RCNR - 30 Apr 1940


Brown, John Quentin, Slt, RCNVR - 02 May 1943


Deveau, John Raymond, Skpr, RCNR - 03 May 1942


Dyer, Eric David Albert, Slt, RCNVR - 28 Apr 1941

Hall, Kenneth William, Skpr, RCNR - 20 Jan 1941


Henderson, John Ernest, Slt, RCNVR - Jan 1943


Jarvis, Edward Gilbert, Slt, RCNVR - 23 Jul 1941


Leonard, William Girvin, Slt, RCNVR - Jan 1942

MacKnight, David Llerelly (Tuffy), A/Slt, RCNVR - 22 Apr 1940


McCormack, Bernard Thomas, A/Slt, RCNVR - 29 Jul 1940


Ransom, William James, Slt, RCNVR - 17 Jul 1944


Stevenson, George Forest, Slt, RCNVR - 12 Mar 1945


Photos and Documents

HMCS French

Source: Queen's Co. Museum, Liverpool, NS

Courtesy of Don Smith