For Posterity's Sake         

A Royal Canadian Navy Historical Project

HMCS GRANDMERE J258

Then Yacht ELDA (1947)

Then Marchant Vessel JACK'S BAY (1951)

Then Merchant Vessel PROTON (1961)

HMCS Grandmere J258

 

Laid down: 02 Jun 1941

Launched: 21 Aug 1941

Commissioned: 11 Dec 1941

Paid off: 23 Oct 1945

Fate: Sold in 1947 to private interests. Broken up in 1968.

 

Built by Canadian Vickers Ltd., Montreal, Que. Grandmere was commissioned at Montreal on 11 Dec 1941. En route to Halifax she broke down in the Gulf of St. Lawrence on 21 Dec 1941, and was towed to Sydney by HMCS Kamsack. Later that month, while alongside at Sydney undergoing repairs, she suffered serious damage to her No.2 boiler, and was taken to Pictou for repairs, which were not completed until May 1942. She finally arrived at Halifax, her original destination, on 05 May 1942. She served for varying periods with WLEF, Sydney Force, Halifax Force, and Halifax Local Defence Force. On 14 Oct 1942, while with Sydney Force, she rescued 101 survivors of the passenger ferry Caribou, torpedoed in the Cabot Strait - 126 passengers and crew of the Caribou perished. In July 1943, she had a seven-week refit at Louisbourg and underwent a second major refit at Sydney and Halifax in Sep 1944, following which she worked up in Bermuda in Feb 1945. The ship was paid off at Sydney on 23 Oct 1945, and placed in reserve at Shelburne. Sold in 1947, she operated as the yacht Elda. In 1951, she was converted to a cargo vessel, 664 gt, and renamed Jack's Bay. She operated under British registry out of Nassau, Bahamas ports between Florida and Cuba. In 1961 she was renamed Proton. In Oct 1968, she was broken up at Pinto Island Metals Co., Mobile, Alabama.

 

Commanding Officers

Lt James Cuthbert, RCNR - 11 Dec 1941 - 20 Apr 1944

Lt Nelson Walter Winters, RCNVR - 21 Apr 1944 - 20 Jul 1945

Lt R.C. Hayden, RCNVR - 23 Aug 1945 - 23 Oct 1945

  

     In memory of those who made the ultimate sacrifice    

     Lest We Forget     

 

- Book of Remembrance entry     - Grave or burial information

MASON, Glenn Campbell

Sto 1c, V60221, RCNVR

died - 05 Aug 1944 

  

     In memory of those who have crossed the bar    

They shall not be forgotten

A-B

Curry, Walter

1918-2017

 

 

 

 

G-H

Hughes, Arthur

1922-2015

 

 

 

 

Q-R

Rutledge, James Corbett

1925-2016

 

 

 

 

S-T

Spencer, Arthur James

1923-2012

Spidle, Harold Edward

____-2015

Stokvis, Wilfred Davis

1913-2000

 

 

W-X

Walker, Neville Edward

1924-2007

 

 

 

 

Ship's Mascots

Tippy

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Buggs

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Former Crew Members

Balcom, Alfred Burpee, Lt (E), RCNVR - 09 Apr 1943

 

Bates, Sto - 1945

 

Brady, L/Sto - 1945

 

Brown, Hugh McKee, Lt (E), RCNR - 06 Apr 1942

 

Cockell, PO LTO - 1945

 

Donague, AB - 1945

 

Duchesneau, Hubert Powell, Slt, RCNVR - 26 Apr 1943

 

Dyson, Jack, AB - 1945

 

Gadway, Frank, PO Stwd - 1945

 

Gillespie, William Mackenzie, Slt, RCNVR - 21 Feb 1944

Graham, Roderick Lewis, Ch/Skpr, RCNR - 19 Mar 1943

 

Hewat, Donald Brock, Slt, RCNVR - 04 Jan 1942 / Lt - 04 Jan 1943

 

Hibberd, Sto 1c - 1945

 

Holder, ABSD - 1945

 

Jones, (Spike), AB - 1945

 

Kiely, James Alfred, Slt, RCNVR - 09 Apr 1945

 

MacDonald, Aeneas Benedict Howard, Slt, RCNVR - 31 Jul 1944

 

Masters, Robert David (Bob) 

McLeese, Willis Stewart, Slt (E), RCNVR - 24 May 1943

 

Richer, Jean Herbert, Lt (E), RCNVR - 23 May 1944

 

Russell, AB - 1945

 

Stuart, Drummond Ross, Slt, RCNVR - 25 May 1942

 

Thorstienson, AB - 1945

 

Walker, Lloyd Brian, Slt (E), RCNVR - 04 Apr 1945

 

Wheenan, Johnnie, AB - 1945

 

Wilson, V/A - 1945

 

Wise, John, AB - 1945

 

Withers, L/Tel - 1945

 

Yerbury, L/Sig - 1945

 

 

Photos and Documents

 

Links

Personal photo gallery of Robert David Masters

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