For Posterity's Sake         

A Royal Canadian Navy Historical Project

HMCS HESPELER K489

Former HMS GUILDFORD CASTLE K378

Then Union Steamship Co. SS CHILCOTIN (1946)

Then Liberian-flag STELLA MARIS (1958)

Then Greek Vessel SS WESTAR (1965)

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.

 

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

1924-2012

Brockie, William Glenn

1915-2017

 

 

C-D

Dafoe, Clarence Frederick

1918-2004

 

 

 

 

E-F

 

Frewer, Philip George

1922-2015

 

 

 

 

G-H

Huston, Meredith Stewart

1919-2016

 

 

 

 

K-L

Lake, Wilfred Charles James

____-1999

 

 

 

 

M-N

Manning, George Percy

1913-1992

Mater, Ivan

____-____

Mirault, J.P. Roger

1923-1981

Neilson, Robert Strang

1918-1987

 

S-T

Treller, Herbert

1921-1999

 

 

 

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

 

Links

 

HMS Hespeler - Leith Built Ships

The Hespeler Project - World Press

SS Stella Maris

 

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