River Class Frigate



HMCS Hallowell K666


Battle honours and awards:  Atlantic  1944-45



Laid down: 22 Nov 1943

Launched: 28 Mar 1944

Commissioned: 08 Aug 1944

Paid off: 07 Nov 1945

Sold: 1946 to Uruguayan interests

Sold: 1949 to Palestinian firm

Acquired by Israeli Navy: 1952

Commissioned: Misnak

Sold: to Sinhaliese Navy 1959

Commissioned: as Gajubahu

Paid off: 1978

Fate: Final disposition unknown


Commissioned on 08 Aug 1944, at Montreal, Hallowell arrived at Halifax on 03 Sep 1944 and left a month later for Bermuda to work up. Returning early in Nov 1944, she was allocated to EG C-1 and was Senior Officer's ship from Dec 1944 onward, remaining with the group until the end of the European war. She left St. John's 28 Nov 1944 to join convoy HX.322, and was thereafter continuously employed escorting North Atlantic convoys. Early in Jun 1945, she left Greenock for home, and in Jul and Aug 1945 was engaged in transporting troops from St. John's to Canada. She was paid off at Sydney on 07 Nov 1945 and placed in reserve at Shelburne. Sold to Uruguayan interests in 1946, she was re-sold to a Palestinian firm in 1949 for conversion to a short-service Mediterranean ferry and re-named Sharon. In 1952 she was acquired by the Israeli Navy, re-converted to a warship and re-named Misnak. In 1959, she was again sold, this time to the Sinhaliese (Sri Lanka) Navy and re-named Gajubahu. She was discarded in 1978.



Photos and Documents        Ship's Company Photos          HMCS Hallowell - Naval Marine Archive



Commanding Officers


Skpr/Lt Ernest Stanley Nelson Pleasance, RCNR - 08 Aug 1944 - 18 Oct 1944


LCdr R.H. Angus, RCNVR - 19 Oct 1944 - 04 Aug 1945


Lt D. Davis, RCNVR - 05 Aug 1945 - 07 Nov 1945



     In memory of those who have crossed the bar    

They shall not be forgotten




Former Crew Members


Bennett, Ivan Thomas


Bett, Alfred William, Lt


Blakey, Kenneth Bertram, Lt, RCNVR - 28 Mar 1945


Bruce, Don


Cobban, William Arthur, Lt, RCNVR - 22 Jul 1944


Davis, James Sinclair (Foghorn), LCdr, RCNVR - 11 May 1945


Eakins, James Warner, Lt - Jan 1945


Forbes, Jack Deinstadt, Lt (S), RCNVR - 11 May 1945

Foster, Bud


Hall, John Gracey, Lt (E), RCNVR - 17 May 1945


Hilts, Harry


Hogan, Marty


Hunter, Bob


Langs, Thomas Erland, Lt (E), RCNVR - 21 Jun 1944


MacDonald, Ian Kenneth, Slt, RCNVR - 03 Jul 1944


McLarnon, Alexander McAllister, A/Cdr, RCNR - 28 Mar 1945

Pleasance, Skpr/Lt, Ernest Stanley Nelson, RCNR - 21 Jun 1944 CO


Smyth, Cecil Lindsay, Slt, RCNVR - 10 Jul 1944


Shaw, Gordon McDougall, Lt, RCNVR - 28 Mar 1945


Sisson, Harold


Spiers, Jim


Stuart, Duncan Northcott, Lt, RCNVR - 22 Jul 1944


Tesluk, Bill


Young, Bill



Photos and Documents


HMCS Arnprior K494 (centre) and HMCS Hallowell K666 (right).  Ship on left unknown

From the Photo collection of Hugh A. Benson

Courtesy of Doug Benson

Photo of HMCS Hallowell K666 taken from HMCS Tillsonburg K496

From the photo collection of Gerald (Jerry) Cox, RCNVR

Courtesy of Sean Cox

Unknown frigate - taken from HMCS Hallowell (foreground)

From the collection of Douglas Balmer

Courtesy of Jeff Balmer

Two unknown frigates at Londonderry 1944.  It is believed one of the two is HMCS Hallowell

From the collection of Douglas Balmer

Courtesy of Jeff Balmer



Colour photo of HMCS HALLOWELL K666

Click on the above photo to view a larger image


This photo was merged from a sequence of photos taken with 16mm colour film. Photos believed to have been taken from HMCS PENETANG K676


Sequence of photos used to create the image above




From the collection of William (Bill) Macrae


Courtesy of Alan Belcher








(WT01) HMCS ARNPRIOR K494  (WT02) Depth charge exploding astern of HMCS HALLOWELL K666  (WT03) Depth charge exploding astern of HMCS HALLOWELL K666 with convoy on the horizon  (WT04) Quarterdeck of HMCS HALLOWELL K666 with convoy on the horizon  (WT05) HMS VESPER I55







(WT06) HMS VANQUISHER D54  (WT07) HMCS KINCARDINE K490  (WT08) HMCS PARRY SOUND K341  (WT09-WT10) HMS SEAWOLF N47 - HMS SEAWOLF was loaned to the RCN for anti-submarine training on the east coast.







(WT11) HMCS CHAMBLY  (WT12) Canadian Hospital Ship LADY NELSON  (WT13) Don Bruce and Bill Thompson on HMCS HALLOWELL  (WT14) Christmas 1944 - American ship sending gifts over to HMCS HALLOWELL  (WT15) HMCS ORANGEVILLE







(WT16) Unknown merchant ship in convoy  (WT17) HMCS HALLOWELL's twin 4-inch turret  (WT18) Bill Tesluk on the signal light on HMCS HALLOWELL  (WT19) US Liberty ship  (WT20) Marty Hogan, Don Bruce and Bill Young



(WT21) Troopship RMS AQUITANIA


From the collection of William R. Thompson


Courtesy of Robb Thompson