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)
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.