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HMCS HUMBERSTONE K497

Former HMS NORHAM CASTLE K447

Then Chinese Vessel TAIWEI (1946)

- Five other name changes -

Then Korean Vessel SOUTH OCEAN (1954)

HMCS Humberstone K497

 

Laid down: 30 Aug 1943

Launched: 12 Apr 1944

Transferred to RCN: 1944

Commissioned: 06 Sep 1944

Paid off: 17 Nov 1945

Fate: Broken up in 1959

 

Built at Glasgow, Scotland, she was laid down and launched as HMS Norham Castle. On completion she was transferred to the RCN and commissioned as HMCS Humberstone K497 at Glasgow on 06 Sep 1944. After working up at Tobermory she arrived in October at Londonderry to join EG C-8, then forming. She left 'Derry 22 Oct 1944 to join convoy ON.261 for her first Atlantic crossing and continued in service as an ocean escort for the remainder of the war. Humberstone left Londonderry 12 May 1945, for her last convoy, ONS.50, and in Jun 1945 sailed to Esquimalt, where she was paid off on 17 Nov 1945. She was sold to Chinese owners in 1946 and converted for merchant service as Taiwei, subsequently undergoing five more name-changes before becoming the Korean South Ocean in 1954. She was broken up at Hong Kong in 1959.

 

Convoys escorted during WW II

 

Convoy Desig.

Convoy Departs from

Arrives at

Join as escort

Depart Convoy 

ON.261

Southend (20 Oct 1944)

New York City (05 Nov 1944)

22 Oct 1944

31 Oct 1944

HX.318

New York City (04 Nov 1944)

Liverpool (19 Nov 1944)

10 Nov 1944

19 Nov 1944

ON.269

Liverpool (29 Nov 1944)

New York City (15 Dec 1944)

30 Nov 1944

09 Dec 1944

ONS.40

Liverpool (12 Jan 1945)

Halifax (30 Jan 1945)

13 Jan 1945

25 Jan 1945

HX.335

New York City (28 Jan 1945)

Liverpool (10 Feb 1945)

02 Feb 1945

10 Feb 1945

ON.286

Liverpool (21 Feb 1945)

New York City (09 Mar 1945)

21 Feb 1945

04 Mar 1945

HX.343

New York City (09 Mar 1945)

Liverpool (24 Mar 1945)

14 Mar 1945

24 Mar 1945

ONS.46

Liverpool (02 Apr 1945)

Halifax (20 Apr 1945)

02 Apr 1945

26 Apr 1946

HX.351

New York City (18 Apr 1945)

Liverpool (03 May 1945)

24 Apr 1945

03 May 1945

ONS.50

Liverpool (11 May 1945)

Halifax (29 May 1945)

12 May 1945

25 May 1945

 

Commanding Officers

LCdr H. Allen Boucher, RCNVR - 06 Sep 1944 - 15 Oct 1944

Lt C.L. Campbell, RCNVR - 16 Oct 1944 - 26 Nov 1944

LCdr H. Allen Boucher, RCNVR - 27 Nov 1944 - 15 Jun 1945

A/LCdr J.W. Golby, RCNVR - 19 Aug 1945 - 14 Oct 1945

  

     In memory of those who made the ultimate sacrifice    

     Lest We Forget     

 

- Book of Remembrance entry     - Grave or burial information

MURRAY, James Burton

AB, V/69565, RCNVR

MPK - 04 Mar 1945 

  

     In memory of those who have crossed the bar    

They shall not be forgotten

A-B

Armitage, William

____-2016

Bondy, Carl D.

1924-2007

 

 

 

E-F

Eck, John Alvin

____-2014

 

 

 

 

G-H

Gillis, Benedict Hilmar

1922-2003

Goodfellow, Philip Foster

1919-1972

Drafted to Humberstone 19 Apr 1944 as Lt,  RCNVR, Standby. Commissioning crew. Served on Humberstone as the Sonar Officer.

 

 

 

S-T

Saunders, Murray Knight

1923-1998

Served in Humberstone 20 Aug 1945 - 25 Oct 1945 as A/ERA 4c, RCNVR

 

 

 

 

Ship's Mascots

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 Former Crew Members

Campbell, Gordon David, Lt, RCNVR - 19 Apr 1944 (Stand by) CO

 

Crothers, Robert John, Lt, RCNVR - 19 Apr 1944 (Stand by)

 

Douglas, Ralph Louis, Slt (E), RCNVR - 27 Jun 1944 (Stand by) /  Lt (E), RCNVR - 27 Jan 1945

 

Garlough, Philip Johnstone, Slt (El), RCNVR - 12 Mar 1945

Gray, George Henry, Lt (E), RCNR - 18 Apr 1944 (Stand by)

 

McDonald, Bob 

 

Riddell, George Gordon, A/Lt, RCNVR - 19 Apr 1944 (Stand by)

 

Simpson, John Sutton, Surg/Lt, RCNVR - 08 Mar 1945

Sobering, Arnold, Lt (E), RCNVR - 27 Jan 1945

 

Tooby, Norman David, A/Lt, RCNVR - 19 Apr 1944 (Stand by)

 

Vaillancourt, Jacques, A/Lt, RCNVR - 31 Jan 1945

 

Warwick, William, Lt, RCNVR - 19 Apr 1944 (Stand by)

 

Photos and Documents

 

Links

Personal photo galley of Murray Knight Saunders

WWII Veteran Bob McDonald: A Life of Service

 

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