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HMCS HUNTSVILLE K499

Former HMS WOOLVESEY CASTLE K461

Then SS WELLINGTON KENT (1947)

Then SS BELLE ISLE II (1951)

HMCS Huntsville K499

Source: IWM Ministry of Defence Foxhill Collection of Ship Photographs FL 13996

 

Laid down: 01 Jun 1943

Launched: 24 Feb 1944

Transferred to the RCN: 06 Jun 1944

Commissioned: 06 Jun 1944

Paid off: 15 Feb 1946

Fate: Grounded and burnt 19 Aug 1960

 

Built by Ailsa Shipbuilding Co. Ltd., Troon, Scotland, she was laid down and launched as HMS Woolvesey Castle K461. On completion she was transferred to the RCN and commissioned as HMCS Huntsville on 06 Jun 1944, on the Clyde. She worked up at Stornoway early in July and joined EG C-5 at Londonderry later that month, leaving on 11 Aug 1944 for ONS.248, her first convoy. In Nov 1944 Huntsville missed a convoy while under repair in Halifax and acted as local escort to one convoy from St. John's to New York - seemingly the only ship of her class to visit there. Rejoining the Atlantic convoy cycle in Dec 1944, she left Londonderry for the last time on 16 Apr 1945, to meet ON.297. In May 1945 she commenced refit at Halifax, completed in Aug 1945, and in Sep 1945 she was placed in reserve. Paid off for disposal on 15 Feb 1946 at Halifax, and sold that year, she entered service in 1947 as SS Wellington Kent. Renamed Belle Isle II in 1951. In a collision near Trois-Rivieres on 19 Aug 1960, she grounded and burned out.

 

Convoys escorted during WW II

 

Convoy Desig.

Convoy Departs from

Arrives at

Join as escort

Depart Convoy 

ON.248S

Liverpool (10 Aug 1944)

New York City (27 Aug 1944)

11 Aug 1944

21 Aug 1944

HX.305

New York City (25 Aug 1944)

Liverpool (10 Sep 1944)

30 Aug 1944

09 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

17 Oct 1944

ON.263

Southend (29 Oct 1944)

New York City (15 Nov 1944)

01 Nov 1944

09 Nov 1944

HX.322

New York City (24 Nov 1944)

Liverpool (08 Dec 1944)

26 Nov 1944

29 Nov 1944

ON.268

Southend (23 Nov 1944)

New York City (10 Dec 1944)

04 Dec 1944

09 Dec 1944

HX.327

New York City (19 Dec 1944)

Liverpool (02 Jan 1945)

19 Dec 1944

24 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)

17 Feb 1945

27 Feb 1945

ON.289

Southend (07 Mar 1945)

New York City (25 Mar 1945)

08 Mar 1945

19 Mar 1945

HX.346

New York City (24 Mar 1945)

Liverpool (07 Apr 1945)

29 Mar 1945

07 Apr 1945

ON.297

Liverpool (27 Apr 1945)

New York City (02 May 1945)

18 Apr 1945

28 Apr 1945

 

Commanding Officers

A/LCdr Charles Bismarck Hermann, RCNVR - 15 Jun 1944 - 20 Jul 1945

Lt Christopher French Usher, RCNVR - 21 Jul 1945 - 09 Sep 1945

Lt Arthur Winston Churchill Parsons, RCNVR - unk - 15 Feb 1946

  

     In memory of those who have crossed the bar    

They shall not be forgotten

A-B

 

Burnham, Douglas

____-____

 

 

 

 

C-D

Cornfoot, Andrew F.

____-2013

Deveaux, Joseph Eugene

1926-2013

 

 

 

G-H

 

Hymers, Archibald Edwin

1925-2006

 

 

 

 

K-L

 

Kelly, James William

1926-2012

 

 

 

 

M-N

McLellan, Vernon Hibbert

1922-2016

 

 

 

 

S-T

 

Siddons, John

____-2006

 

 

 

 

W-X

 

Wills, Roy Norman

____-2015

 

 

 

 

 

 Former Crew Members

Briggs, John Gordon Wilson, Lt, RCNVR - 10 Apr 1944 (Stand by) / 06 Jun 1944

 

Gotfred, Lorne Allan, Lt, RCNVR - 10 Apr 1944 (Stand by) / 06 Jun 1944

 

Hay, Ian MacLachlan, Lt, RCNVR - 10 Apr 1944 (Stand by)

 

Hay, Thomas Douglas Haig, A/Wt (E), RCNVR - 11 Mar 1944 (Stand by) / 06 Jun 1944

Herman, Charles Bismark, Lt, RCNVR - 10 Apr 1944 (Stand by) CO / 15 Jun 1943

 

Hindle, Hamilton Francis, Wt (E), RCN - 31 Mar 1945

 

Kennedy, Bernard John Patrick, Cd (E), RCNR - 24 Mar 1945

 

Martin, Harold Carlyle, Slt, RCNVR - 10 Apr 1944 (Stand by) / 06 Jun 1944

McKinnon, Donald Wellwood, Lt, RCNVR - 06 Jun 1944

 

McLellan, Vernon (Bunn), Wireless Operator 

 

Trivett, Wilfred Leonard, Slt, RCNVR - 25 Mar 1945

 

Waugh, William Robert, Lt, RCNVR - 06 Jun 1944

 

 

Photos and Documents

 

 

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