For Posterity's Sake         

A Royal Canadian Navy Historical Project


Then Chilean Navy Vessel ESMERALDA (1946)

Then Chilean Navy Vessel BACQUEDANO (1952)

HMCS Glace Bay K414

From the collection of Arthur Penelton

Courtesy of Gary Penelton

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Battle honours and awards:  Atlantic  1944-45



Laid down: Jun 1942

Launched: 23 Sep 1943

Commissioned: 26 Apr 1944

Paid off: 17 Nov 1945

Sold: 1946 to Chilean Navy

Commissioned: 1946 as Esmeralda

Re-named: 1952 as Bacquedana

Fate: Broken up in 1968


Built at Lauzon, Que., she was commissioned on 02 Sep 1944, at Levis, Que. She arrived at Halifax 23 Sep 1944. She carried out workups in Bermuda in mid-Oct 1944 and on her return was assigned to EG C-4, Londonderry. She left St. John's for that port on 17 Nov 1944, escorting a number of U.S.-built sub-chasers destined for the Russian Navy. Glace Bay was employed continuously on convoy duty until VE-Day, and early in Jun 1945, left 'Derry for the last time to spend several months at a variety of tasks off the east coast of Canada. In Oct 1945 she made a round trip to Bermuda, and on her return was paid off on 17 Nov 1945 at Sydney. She lay in reserve at Shelburne until sold in 1946 to the Chilean navy and re-named Esmeralda and the, in 1952, Bacquedano. She was broken up in 1968.


Commanding Officers

A/Cdr J.H.S. MacDonald, RCNR - 02 Sep 1944 - 23 Feb 1945

A/LCdr Frederick Wilson Bogardus, RCNVR - 24 Feb 1945 - 02 Jul 1945

Lt Donald Benjamin Day Ross, RCNVR - 03 Jul 1945 - 10 Aug 1945

Lt P.W. Lee, RCNVR - 11 Aug 1945 - 26 Aug 1945

Lt S.L. Slade, RCN - 27 Aug 1945 - 17 Nov 1945


     In memory of those who have crossed the bar    

They shall not be forgotten


Berryman, Laurence E.


Blandy, Walter Stairs


Drafted to ML Q051 on 08 Mar 1944 at Slt, RCNVR





Carter, George M.







Gillis, Harold George


Add'l - I/C Machinery Glace Bay 1945






McBurney, Harold Clarence







Shillington, Alexander Merrill






Ship's Mascots








Former Crew Members

Alston, John Glennister, Slt (El) (R) - 02 Mar 1945


Finch-Noyes, Edward (Ted) William, LCdr, RCN - 27 Feb 1945


Fraser, Edward Drummond, Lt, RCNVR - 28 Feb 1945

Hawking, Paul Jenkins, Slt, RCNVR - Jan 1945


Johns, Leonard Raymond, Wt (E), RCN - 30 Apr 1945

Tanner, John James, A/Wt (E), RCN - 11 Apr 1945


Todd, Terrance Charles, Lt, RCNVR - Jan 1945


Wilcox, Pricey, Tel (T.O.) - 1945 (of Swift Current, SK)


Links - Ship's company photos for HMCS Glace Bay


Photos and Documents (below)


C.O.G.S. Clark 

HMCS Glace Bay K414

Source: World War II era Navy photographs from the collection of the late Mary Lannon, Indian Harbour, Nova Scotia

Wreck Survivor Skippy Now Happy


The story of HMCS Glace Bay's mascot


The Crow's Nest newspaper - Aug 1945