For Posterity's Sake         

A Royal Canadian Navy Historical Project


Then Chilean navy Vessel IQUIQUE (1946)

HMCS Joliette K418 with German U-boat that surrendered May 1945

Source: Flickr photo collection of Brian Westhouse


Battle honours and awards:  Atlantic  1944



Laid down: 19 Jul 1943

Launched: 11 Dec 1943

Commissioned: 14 Jun 1944

Paid off: 19 Nov 1945

Sold: 03 Jan 1946 to the Chilean navy. Commissioned as Iquique

Paid off: 1968

Fate: Unknown


Laid down at Morton Engineering & Dry Dock Co., Quebec City on 19 Jul 1943, she was commissioned there on 14 Jun 1944. Joliette left Quebec City on 01 Jul 1944 for Halifax, whence she proceeded to Bermuda to work up. Returning to St. John's in Aug 1944, she became a member of EG C-1 but on reaching Londonderry the following month was re-assigned to EG 25. Returning to 'Derry on 22 Nov 1944  from her first round trip to Halifax, she ran aground in Lough Foyle, receiving extensive bottom damage. (Click here to read Jim Priel's account of the grounding) Repairs were effected at Belfast from 05 Dec 1944 to 05 Apr 1945, after which Joliette went to Tobermory to work up. She then returned to Londonderry, but sailed for Canada in Jun 1945. On 19 Nov 1945, she was paid off at Sydney and laid up at Shelburne. In 1946 she was sold to the Chilean Navy, to serve as Iquique. Interestingly, she led the mission to establish the Chileans first station on Antarctica. Today, RCN personnel serve with the Armada de Chile and some are lucky enough to get to visit the Arturo Prat Base on Greenwich Island. Iquique was disposed of in 1968.


Commanding Officers

A/LCdr George Norval Downey, RCNR - 14 Jun 1944 - 02 Feb 1945

LCdr William Edward Harrison, RCNR - 03 Feb 1945 - 19 Jun 1945

A/LCdr Kenneth William Newman Hall, RCNR - 20 Jun 1945 04 jUL 1945

Lt Victor Charles Blackhall, RCNVR - 04 Jul 1945 - 19 Nov 1945


     In memory of those who have crossed the bar    

They shall not be forgotten


Baird, Eric


Bell, James Murray






Cochrane, Ian William


Dancey, John Frederick


Donaghue, Kenneth S.





Le Blanc, Russell Wilfred







McDougall, John Murray


Melanson, Edward G.


Milne, Gordon Raymond


Served in Joliette as an SD

Newman, William R.




Oliver, Glendon Austin


Priel, James Daniel






Sadler, James


Skinner, Leslie






Valcke, Andrew Joseph







Wasylow, Walter Julian


Williams, J.T.






Former Crew Members

Barlow, James Edward Mason, Lt, RCNVR - 14 Jun 1944


Blackhall, Victor Chalres, Lt, RCNVR - 29 May 1944 (Stand by) / 14 Jun 1944


Bricault, Fernand Joseph, Slt (E), RCNVR - 22 Jun 1944


Campbell, Roger Lorne, Lt (E), RCNVR - 10 Apr 1944 (Stand by) / 14 Jun 1944

Dafoe, William Allan Van Dussan, Lt (El) (R), RCNVR - 23 Apr 1945


Gifford, Norman Marston, Slt, RCNVR - 05 Jun 1944 (Stand by) / 14 Jun 1944


Laurence, Robert Simpson, Lt, RCNVR - 12 May 1944 (Stand by) / 14 Jun 1944

Mackintosh, Ian Ashley, Paym/Lt, RCNVR - 13 Jun 1944 (Stand by) / 14 Jun 1944


Milne, Gordon R.


Molson, Leslie Cavendish, Slt, RCNVR - 29 May 1944 (Stand by) / 14 Jun 1944


Smith, Edwin Hubert


Stinson, Frederick Montague, Lt, RCNVR - 28 Mar 1945


Photos and Documents


RCN Memories

A Good Deed Remembered

Personal photo gallery of Eric Baird

Personal photo gallery of Glendon Oliver

Personal photo gallery of James Murray Bell

Ship's company photos for HMCS Joliette

The Grounding of HMCS Joliette K418