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HMCS HESPELER K489

HMCS Hespeler K489

 

Laid down: 25 May 1943

Launched: 13 Nov 1943

Transferred to the RCN: 28 Feb 1944

Commissioned: 28 Feb 1944

Paid off: 15 Nov 1945

Fate: Gutted by fire 28 Jan 1966. Later broken up at La Spezia, Italy

 

Built at Leith, Scotland, she was laid down and launched as HMS Guildford Castle K378. On completion, she was transferred to the RCN and commissioned on 28 Feb 1944 as HMCS Hespeler K489 at Leith. Following workups at Tobermory she arrived at Londonderry in April to become a member of EG C-5. Hespeler sailed on 21 Apr 1944 to meet her first convoy, ONS.233, and for the next 11 months was employed as an ocean escort. On 23 Jul 1944, she left St. John's with EG C-5 to escort the largest convoy of the war, HXS.300, and on 09 Sep 1944, while temporarily on patrol duty south of the Hebrides, she sank U 484 in co-operation with Dunver. She left 'Derry for the last time on 08 Mar 1945, to escort ON.289 westward, and upon arriving at Halifax began a refit, completing it at Liverpool, N.S., in Jul 1945. She then sailed for the west coast and on 15 Nov 1945 was paid off into reserve at Esquimalt. Sold in 1946 to the Union Steamship Co., Vancouver, she was converted to a coastal passenger ship, SS Chilcotin. In 1958 she became the Liberian-flag Stella Maris and in 1965, the Greek Westar. She was sold again in 1965 to become an Alaskan Cruise Liner. A few days into her voyage to Vancouver, on 28 Jan 1966, a fuel line became disconnected spraying oil into the engine room.  An explosion and fire followed - the ship being declared a constructive loss. Alaskan Cruise Lines sold the hulk for scrapping at La Spezia, Italy, saving only the ship's bell.

 

Ship's company photos          Photos and Documents

 

Convoys escorted during WW II

 

Convoy Desig.

Convoy Departs from

Arrives at

Join as escort

Depart Convoy 

ON.233

Liverpool (20 Apr 1944)

New York City (08 May 1944)

20 Apr 1945

03 May 1945

HX.290

New York City (05 May 1944)

Liverpool (19 May 1944)

10 May 1944

19 May 1944

ON.238

Liverpool (26 May 1944)

New York City (09 Jun 1944)

27 May 1944

03 Jun 1944

HX.295

New York City (10 Jun 1944)

Liverpool (24 Jun 1944)

15 Jun 1944

23 Jun 1944

ON.243

Liverpool (03 Jul 1944)

New York City (18 Jul 1944)

04 Jul 1944

12 Jul 1944

HX.300

New York City (17 Jul 1944)

Liverpool (03 Aug 1944)

24 Jul 1944

03 Aug 1944

ON.248S

Liverpool (10 Aug 1944)

New York City (27 Aug 1944)

11 Aug 1944

13 Aug 1944

HX.305

New York City (25 Aug 1944)

Liverpool (10 Sep 1944)

30 Aug 1944

08 Sep 1944

ON.255

Liverpool (22 Sep 1944)

New York City (09 Oct 1944)

23 Sep 1944

04 Oct 1944

HX.312

New York City (05 Oct 1944)

Liverpool (21 Oct 1944)

10 Oct 1944

19 Oct 1944

ON.263

Southend (29 Oct 1944)

New York City (15 Nov 1944)

01 Nov 1944

09 Nov 1944

SC.161

Halifax (17 Nov 1944)

Liverpool (04 Dec 1944)

19 Nov 1944

03 Dec 1944

ONS.38

Liverpool (13 Dec 1944)

Halifax (02 Jan 1945)

14 Dec 1944

27 Dec 1944

SC.164

Halifax (01 Jan 1945)

Liverpool (18 Jan 1945)

05 Jan 1945

17 Jan 1945

ON.281

Southend (26 Jan 1945)

New York City (12 Feb 1945)

27 Jan 1945

07 Feb 1945

HX.338

New York City (12 Feb 1945)

Liverpool (27 Feb 1945)

18 Feb 1945

27 Feb 1945

ON.289

Southend (07 Mar 1945)

New York City (25 Mar 1945)

08 Mar 1945

19 Mar 1945

 

Commanding Officers

LCdr Neville Spencer Charles Dickinson, RCNVR - 28 Feb 1944 - 15 Oct 1944

Lt George Percy Manning, RCNVR - 14 Nov 1944 - 24 Aug 1945

Lt William Glenn Brockie, RCNVR - OIC

  

     In memory of those who have crossed the bar    

They shall not be forgotten

 A-B

Archer, William Lee

____-2005

Berard, John Raymond

1924-2012

Served in Hespeler 01 Mar 1944 - 29 Mar 1945

Brockie, William Glenn

1915-2017

 

 

C-D

Dafoe, Clarence Frederick

1918-2004

Donaghue, Kenneth S.

____-____

 

 

 

E-F

 

Frewer, Philip George

1922-2015

 

 

 

 

G-H

Hall, Henry Radway

1925-1994

Commissioning crew

Paying off crew

Hill, William C.

____-2015

 

Huston, Meredith Stewart

1919-2016

 

 

K-L

Lake, Wilfred Charles James

____-1999

 

 

 

 

M-N

Manning, George Percy

1913-1992

Marlatt, Kenneth L.

1926-2001

Mater, Ivan

____-____

Mirault, J.P. Roger

1923-1981

Neilson, Robert Strang

1918-1987

S-T

Treller, Herbert

1921-1999

 

 

 

 

U-V

Vaux, Ronald

1927-2014

 

 

 

 

W-X

Wheeler, Terrance

____-1987

 

 

 

 

 

U-Boats Sunk

U-484 sunk on 09 Sep 1944 by HMCS Dunver K03 and HMCS Hespeler K489 in position 56-30 N, 07-40 W

 

 Former Crew Members

Alliston, Fred - 1944

 

Archer, William Lee, Slt, RCNVR - 28 Feb 1944

 

Bishop, AB - 1944

 

Boyce, AB - 1944

 

Buttler, Louis Lorne, Slt, RCNVR - 28 Feb 1944

 

Crandall, AB - 1944

 

Dickinson, Neville Spencer Charles, LCdr, RCNVR - 21 Feb 1944 (Stand by) / 28 Feb 1944

 

Dorien, LS - 1944

Douglas, William Kennedy, Lt, RCNVR - 19 Mar 1945

 

Glover, AB. LRIII - 1944

 

Gravel, Louis Jean Marie, Slt, RCNVR - 28 Feb 1944

 

Hirst, William Leslie, Lt (E), RCNVR - 01 May 1945

 

Lodge, AB.AAIII - 1944

 

Meighen, Arthur Benson, Slt, RCNVR - 09 Apr 1945

 

Mulley, John Wallace, Lt, RCNVR - 15 Feb 1945

Neilson, Robert Strang, Lt, RCNVR - 21 Feb 1944 (Stand by)  / 28 Feb 1944

 

Ness, George Cairns, Cd (E), RCNR - 28 Feb 1944

 

Newton, Frank - WW II

 

Outhet, Murray McLaren, Lt, RCNVR - 28 Feb 1944

 

Parratt, Emmanuel, Wt (E), RCNR - 17 Jul 1944

 

Van Wyck, Donald James, Surg/Lt, RCNVR - 28 Feb 1944

 

Whyte, William Methvin, Lt, RCNVR - 28 Feb 1944

 

Photos and Documents

 

HMCS Hespeler K489

Photo taken from HMCS Runnymede K678

Photo from the WWII collection of Kirk Wipper

Bridge of HMCS Hespeler K489

From the collection of Lt. G.P. Manning, RCNVR

Courtesy of Don Manning

Submitted by John Berard Jr.

 

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(1) HMCS Hespeler's bell - Original source unknown  (2) HMCS Hespeler  (3) HMCS Hespeler - Original source unknown  (4) Record of convoys that HMCS Hespeler took part in as escort  (5) Frank Newton on HMCS Hespeler  (6) Newspaper article on the sinking of U-484 by HMCS Hespeler and HMCS Dunver (7) Print of Londonderry during WW II - "The main European port of call in Ireland during World War II"

 

From the collection of John Berard

Courtesy of John Berard Jr.

 

Survivors report of Premier-Maitre Emile Cloarec, soul survivor from the loss of the French submarine La Perle, who was picked up by HMCS Hespeler.

 

        

 

Original source unknown

Courtesy of John Berard Jr.

 

Roger Mirault, Telegraphist on HMCS Hespeler K489

Courtesy of Lucien Mirault

 

Photos on and from HMCS Hespeler

 

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(1) Unknown sailors on HMCS Hespeler  (2) Unknown sailors on HMCS Hespeler  (3) Unknown sailors on HMCS Hespeler  (4) Unknown sailor on HMCS Hespeler  (5) Unknown sailor on HMCS Hespeler  (6) Unknown sailor on HMCS Hespeler  (7) A couple sailors hamming it up while chipping ice on HMCS Hespeler  (8) Postcard of HMCS Hespeler K489

 

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(9) Unknown ship photo taken from HMCS Hespeler  (10) Unknown ship photo taken from HMCS Hespeler  (11) Unknown sailor on HMCS Hespeler  (12) Unknown sailor on HMCS Hespeler K489 - note merchant ship in background  (13) Unknown sailors on HMCS Hespeler (14) HMCS Dunver K03 - photo taken from HMCS Hespeler  (15) Casualty being taken ashore from HMCS Hespeler - location unknown (16) Unknown sailor on HMCS Hespeler

 

From the collection of S.J. Grabowski

Courtesy of Jennifer Henry

 

 

Photos on and from HMCS Hespeler

 

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(1) Empire class MAC (Merchant Aircraft Carrier)  (2-6) Rad and pals on HMCS Hespeler K489 (5) "Buddies, HMCS Hespeler, 1944"  (7) On stern deck HMCS Hespeler 1944  (8) Escort Group in line ahead. HMCS Hespeler in the foreground

 

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(9) Coast of Ireland.  Webmaster's note: the shore in the background looks like the entrance to St. John's Harbour, Newfoundland  (10) HMCS Runnymede K678 coming alongside  (11) "Hespeler attacks, North Atlantic, 1944"  (12) Fred Alliston "taking the strain!" Newfie, July 1944  (13) Rad on the ship's helm  (14) Rad on jetty sentry duty somewhere overseas 1944  (15) Ship's Doctor at sea, HMCS Hespeler, 1944  (16) Rad and friend, Londonderry, 1944

 

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(17) L-R: AB Bishop, L/Sea Dorien, AB Higgins, AB Boyce, AB Crandall  (18) L-R: AB Lodge AAIII  (19) AB Glover LRIII  (19) Mess deck on HMCS Hespeler 1944  (20) 

From the collection of Rad Hall

Courtesy of Harry Hall

 

Dodging a greeny on HMCS Hespeler K489

From the collection of William C. Hill

Courtesy of Bill Hill

William Hill and shipmates on the quarterdeck of HMCS Hespeler K489

From the collection of William C. Hill

Courtesy of Bill Hill

 

Bob Enright on HMCS HespelerK489

Written on the back of this photos is "Bob Enright, killed June 2/44" 

From the collection of Kenneth Marlatt

Courtesy of Judy Agis

 

Information provided by Judy's mother is as follows:  the boat was strafed by an enemy plane. Both the fellow who died and your father were on Pom Pom guns. My understanding was the man standing beside your father was shot and your father was hit by a piece of metal that took the top layer of skin off in a small area center chest just below the neck. It left a scar. The fellow who died was well liked. He often entertained below deck by step dancing. He was from some place on the east coast of Canada and it was from him that Ken learned step dancing. There were several shipmates from the east coast and Ken also picked up the vocabulary and accent of those from Newfoundland. The sailor was buried at sea.

 

Webmaster's note:  According to casualty records, HMCS Hespeler had no casualties (deaths) during her service career.  Additionally, there is no record of a Bob (or Robert) Enright killed in the RCN during WW2.  The only 2 Canadian (or Newfoundland) casualties during WW2 named Enright were both in the Army - one died on 07 Jun 1944 and the other on 31 Jun 1944 ashore in Europe.  Royal Navy casualty records for WW2 only list one person named Enright, and she was a Wren, killed in an accident.

 

If anyone can provide any information on Bob Enright shown in this photo, please send me an EMAIL

 

USN PT boat

Photo taken from HMCS Hespeler K489

From the collection of Kenneth Marlatt

Courtesy of Judy Agis

HMCS Hespeler K489 (left) and the aircraft carrier HMS Glory R62 bring repatriated POWs to Esquimalt

From the collection of Kenneth Marlatt

Courtesy of Judy Agis

 

 

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