For Posterity's Sake         

A Royal Canadian Navy Historical Project

HMCS KAMSACK K171

Then Venezuelan Navy Vessel CARABOBO

HMCS Kamsack K171

 

Laid down: 20 Nov 1940

Launched: 05 May 1941

Commissioned: 04 Oct 1941

Paid off: 22 Jul 1945

Sold: 1945 to Venezuelan Navy, renamed Carabobo

Fate: Wrecked on passage to Venezuela in Dec 1945

 

Built at Port Arthur, Ont, she was commissioned at Montreal on 04 Oct 1941. She arrived at Halifax on 13 Oct 1941. She joined Sydney Force the following month but shortly transferred to Newfoundland Command, and on 19 Jan 1942, left St. John's to pick up convoy SC.65 for Londonderry. In Jun 1942, after three round trips, she was reassigned to WLEF, then forming, and served in it for the rest of the war. From Jun 1943, she was a member of EG W-4, and from Apr 1944, a member of EG W-3. During this period she had two extensive refits" the first, begun at Liverpool, N.S., on 12 Nov 1942, was completed at Halifax on 18 Jan 1943; the second, in the course of which her fo'c's'le was extended, was carried out at Baltimore, Md., between late Dec 1943 and mid-Mar1944. Kamsack was paid off on 22 Jul 1945, at Sorel and sold to the Venezuelan Navy. On 24 Dec 1945, the Venezuelan ship Kamsack, former HMCS Kamsack K171 arrived at New York City from Sorel, Quebec with a skeleton crew of RCN sailors: Gerald Fitzgerald OIC, Howard Ingram, Leo McTaggart, Maurice Harasym and Clifford Ashton. Renamed Carabobo, she was wrecked on passage to Venezuela in December, 1945.

 

On 15 May 2016, a memorial monument for HMCS Kamsack Memorial will be dedicated at Cenotaph Park in Kamsack, SK. For more information, please contact Jim Woodward President Kamsack Royal Canadian Legion Br#24

 

Commanding Officers

Lt Egbert Randell, RCNR - 04 Oct 1941 - 17 May 1943

LCdr William Charles Halliday, RCNR - 18 May 1943 - 08 Feb 1944

Lt John Foggo Carmichael, RCNR - 09 Feb 1944 - 10 May 1945

LCdr Ross Franklin Wilson, RCNVR - 11 May 1945 - 22 Jul 1945

 

     In memory of those who made the ultimate sacrifice    

     Lest We Forget     

 

- Book of Remembrance entry     - Grave or burial information

MADDEN, William Patrick

L/Stoker, V/22713, RCNVR

died - 16 Dec 1944 

 

     In memory of those who have crossed the bar    

They shall not be forgotten

A-B

Brady, Edward Patrick Redmond

1916-____

Served in Kamsack 15 Oct 1941 - 03 Jun 1942 as an AB, RCNVR

 

 

 

 

C-D

Curry, Frank

____-2014

Deorksen, Jacob

1923-2006

 

 

 

E-F

Fitzgerald, Gerald Douglas

1924-2011

 

 

 

 

K-L

LeMesurier, James M.

1924-2003

 

 

 

 

M-N

McHugh, James Chase

____-2014

Newell, Clifford Allen

1921-2011

 

 

 

O-P

Paul, William Keith

1922-2006

 

 

 

 

S-T

Tassell, Allan

1923-2016

 

 

 

 

 

Former Crew Members

Anson, E.(?), Tel, Charlottetown, PEI

 

Armstrong, Arthur Edward Button, A/Lt, RCNVR - 10 Feb 1944

 

Armstrong, L.W., AB, Lto, Halifax, NS

 

Ashton, Clifford - Dec 1945

 

Atkinson, Harold Frank, Slt, RCNVR - 17 May 1943 / Lt, RCNVR - 05 Feb 1944

 

Bell, L., AB, ST, Dunnville, ON

 

Benoit, Hubert, Lt, RCNVR - 07 May 1945

 

Browne, Thomas Hay, Lt, RCNVR - 30 Apr 1945

 

Buscomb, Gordon John, Lt (S), RCNR - 22 May 1945

 

Campbell, Ian Lorne, Slt, RCNVR - 11 Apr 1942

 

Carter, C.W., W/T, 383 Beresford Ave, Toronto, ON


Chapman, John S., AB, Ottawa, ON


Cooper, H. (Coops), LS, H.S.D., Victoria, BC


Cosburg, AB, S.D., Toronto, ON


Davies, Robert E., LS, Halifax, NS


Dufour, Danil (sp?), Sto M, 2143


Dwyer, B., AB, Truro, NS

 

Edmundson, R., AB, Winnipeg MB


Ferris, M.W., AB, LTO, Saint John, NS


Giroux, Sto1, Messena, NY, USA

 

Gleason, Michael, AB, Edmonton, AB

Harasym, Maurice - Dec 1945

 

Harbrook, Alan, Coder, Toronto, ON


Hartling, Gordon, AB, Wine Harbor, NS


Hunter, J.S., AA3, Notre-Dame-de-Grāce, Montreal, QC

 

Ingram, Howard - Dec 1945

 

Jagger, Stuart Hamilton, Lt, RCNVR - 03 Jun 1944

 

Jamieson, D., ABLR3, Toronto, ON


Jereh (sp?), J. Sto1, Rotorua, NZ


Jobell, Bob, ABWR2, Kingston, ON


Jones, G.C., OS, S.D., Lethbridge, AB


Kiley, Carl, G., Sto1, Prospect, NS


Lawson, S., L.V.A., Liverpool, NS


Leroux, Roland, L/Sto, Edmonton, AB


Lussier, W/T, Oakburn, MB


MacDonald, J.F., OS, Souris, PEI


Martini, V.L., CK(S), Calgary, AB


McInnes, R., AB, Halifax, NS

 

McTaggart, Leo - Dec 1945

 

Monk, Harold, AB, Ships Harbour, NS

 

Moran, Paul Albert Victor, Slt, RCNVR - 12 Apr 1944

 

Murray, Jim, Sig, Winnipeg, MB

 

Nash, John Bryan, Slt, RCNVR - 31 Jan 1944

Nichols, John, AB

 

Poirier, Walter, AB, Poireirville, Cape Breton, NS


Pommy, Bill, AB, Winnipeg, MB


Reaney, M., OS, Montreal, QC

 

Rutherford, Gilbert, ERA, Farnham, QC


Savoy, AB, Lunenburg, NS


Schiller, J., AB, LR2, Edmonton, AB


Schwartz, W.G., AB, Winnipeg, MB


Smith, W., Sto1, Sydney Mines, Cape Breton, NS

 

Stowell, Robert Jonathan, A/War (E), RCNVR - 16 Feb 1944

 

Webber, A/PO, Cox'n, Vancouver, BC

 

Williamson, Donald Munro, Lt, RCNVR - 18 Jul 1943

 

Wilson, Ross Franklin, A/LCdr, RCNVR - 05 May 1945


Wise, C.A., ABQR3, Mntreal, QC


Wray, A.C., AB, Hamilton, ON


Yeadon, Robert Lawrence, AB, Halifax, NS


Yeurstey, Jumey (sp?), L/Sto, Sarnia, ON


Ylasgan (sp?), Dan


Young, Kenneth, AB, Goderich, ON

 

 

 

Photos and Documents

 

Links

Frank Curry's Wartime Diary

 

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