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Then Uruguayan Vessel (name not known) 1946

Then Palestinian Ferry SHARON (1949)

Then Israeli Navy Vessel MISNAK (1952)

Then Sinhaliese Navy Vessel HMCyS GAJUBAHU (1959)

Then Sri Lanka Navy Vessel SNLA GAJUBAHU

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.


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


Balmer, Douglas Wesley







Leeder, Henry George


Liewicki, Michael






Smith, Eustace William







Willis, Harold William







Former Crew Members

Bett, Alfred William, Lt, RCNVR - 26 Jul 1944


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


Cobban, William Arthur, Lt, RCNVR - 22 Jul 1944 (Stand by)


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


Eakins, James Warner, Lt - Jan 1945

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


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


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


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 (Stand by) CO


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


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


Stuart, Duncan Northcott, Lt, RCNVR - 22 Jul 1944 (Stand by)


Photos and Documents



HMCS Hallowell - Naval Marine Archive