For Posterity's Sake         

A Royal Canadian Navy Historical Project


Then Salvage Vessel HALIFAX (after 1946)


Credit: Niagara Falls Public Library Digital Collection

HMCS Halifax K237

Source: IWM Ministry of Defence Foxhill Collection of Ship Photographs FL 6176


Battle honours and awards:  Atlantic  1942-45



Laid down: 26 Apr 1941

Launched: 04 Oct 1941

Commissioned: 26 Nov 1941

Paid off: 12 Jul 1945

Fate: Sold in 1946 for conversion to a salvage vessel. Final disposition unknown.


Built by Collingwood Shipyards Lt., Collingwood, Ont., she was commissioned on 26 Nov 1941, at Montreal. Halifax was the first RCN corvette to be completed with a long fo'c's'le. Assigned to WLEF on her arrival at Halifax on 18 Dec 1941, she was transferred in Jul 1942, to Halifax Force (Aruba Tanker Convoys). On 14 Aug 1942 she arrived at Aruba with HA.3, her third tanker convoy, and was assigned to escort TAW.15, a Trinidad-Aruba-Key West convoy which developed into the only major convoy battle of the war in those waters.  Arriving in New York on 14 Sep 1942, she was placed under U.S. control for New York- Guantanamo convoys until Mar 1943, when she joined WLEF. Between 02 May and 15 Oct 1943, she underwent an extensive refit at Liverpool, N.S., followed by workups at Pictou. On New Year's Day, 1944, she arrived at St. John's to join EG C-1, leaving Londonderry on 11 Aug 1944 for two weeks' refit at Lunenburg. This refit was followed by three weeks' further repairs at Halifax and, late in Dec 1944, workups in Bermuda. In Jan 1945, she briefly joined Halifax Force, transferring in Feb 1945 to EG C-9 for the rest of the war. Paid off on 12 Jul at Sorel, she was sold for conversion to a salvage vessel.


Commanding Officers

LCdr C. Copelin, OBE, RCN - 26 Nov 1941 - 06 Feb 1943

Lt Maurice Faulkman Oliver, RCNR - 07 Feb 1943 - 21 Jun 1944

A/LCdr Ross Malcolm Hanbury, RCNVR - 22 Jun 1944 - 03 Sep 1944

Lt Leslie Esmond Horne, RCNVR - 04 Sep 1944 - 12 Jul 1945


     In memory of those who made the ultimate sacrifice    

     Lest We Forget     


- Book of Remembrance entry     - Grave or burial information

LEVY, St Clair

AB, A/4991, RCNR

died - 20 Apr 1942 


     In memory of those who have crossed the bar    

They shall not be forgotten


Allan, John Alfred Robert


Served in Halifax eff 11 Jun 1941 as Lt, RCNVR, XO






Charron, Walter Edmund







Fenn, Gordon


Fraser, Donald George






Gorges, William Mathias


Horne, Leslie Esmond, RCNVR


Drafted to Halifax on 06 Apr 1943 as Lt, RCNVR.

4th Commanding Officer

IRVINE, Clarence Edward

See HMCS Valleyfield




Leier, Frank Anton







Savoy, Murray Albert


Scharf, Clayton






Whaling, Francis Gerald







Former Crew Members

Bancroft, Hugh George, Slt, RCNVR - Jan 1945


Charron, Walter Edmund, Lt, RCNVR - 24 Feb 1945


Ebbels, William Dennis, Lt, RCNVR - Jan 1944


Grand, William Martin, Lt, RCNVR - 25 Jan 1944


Hackney, John Wright, Surg/Lt, RCNVR - 01 Jul 1942

Heap, Frederick Keith, Slt, RCNVR - Jan 1942


Holland, Hary Brehaut, Lt, RCNVR - 03 Apr 1943


Ivine, Clarence Edward, Surg/Lt, RCNVR - 16 Apr 1944


MacLachlan, George Alan, Lt, RCNVR - 25 Jan 1944


McKinty, Dennis Wylie, Lt, RCNVR - 28 Jul 1944

McLennan, James Harold, Slt, RCNVR - 28 Jun 1943


Piper, Ernest Frederick, Lt, RCNVR - 29 Apr 1942


Smith, Cecil James Whitnee, Lt, RCNVR - 29 Jun 1943


Trewhitt, Stephen Cornell, Slt, RCNVR - 22 Mar 1942



Photos and Documents




Personal photo gallery for John A.R. Allan