For Posterity's Sake         

A Royal Canadian Navy Historical Project

HMCS KAPUSKASING J326 / 171

Then CFAV KAPUSKASKING 173

 

Wartime jacket patch

HMCS Kapuskasing J326

 

Post wartime badge

 

Battle honours and awards:  Atlantic  1944-45

 

 

Laid down: 19 Dec 1942

Launched: 22 Jul 1943

Commissioned: 17 Aug 1944

Paid off: 27 Mar 1946

Transferred to Dept of Mines and Technical Surveys: 1949

Transferred to Auxiliary fleet: 1972

Fate: Sunk as a target ship 03 Oct 1978

 

Commissioned at Port Arthur on 17 Aug 1944, Kapuskasing arrived at Halifax early in Sep 1944 and on 01 Oct 1944 proceeded to Bermuda to work up. She returned to Halifax in mid-Nov 1944 and was assigned as Senior Officer's ship to EG W-1 of Western Escort Force When the force was disbanded in Jun 1945, she was placed temporarily in maintenance reserve at Sydney, then taken to Halifax for refit in Nov 1945. On completion of the refit, she was paid off into reserve on 27 March 1946. In 1949, she was loaned to the Department of Mines and Technical Surveys and converted for hydrographic survey work. Returned to the Navy in 1972 and based in Halifax Kapuskasing became part of the navy’s auxiliary fleet (pennant number 173), manned by a civilian crew until she was expended as a target on 3 October 1978.

 

Commanding Officers

LCdr Angus Hetherington Rankin, OBE, RCN - 17 Aug 1944 - 02 Sep 1945

Lt G.M. Kennelly, RCNVR - 22 Oct 1945 - unk

 

     In memory of those who have crossed the bar    

They shall not be forgotten

A-B

Bell, Joe

____-2014

Blackmore, S. Barry

____-2002

 

 

 

C-D

Constable, Douglas Franklin

1925-2010

Cunningham, Ronald George

1924-2006

 

 

 

K-L

Kilford, Roy

1920-1992

Served in Kapuskasing as a Stoker

Leary, James

____-2004

 

 

 

M-N

McHugh, James Chase

____-2014

Munroe, Frank Charles

1922-2014

 

 

 

Q-R

Rousseau, Charles Hector

____-2005

 

 

 

 

S-T

Thompson, Herbert A,

____-1999

Served in Kapuskasing during WW 2

 

 

 

 

 

Former Crew Members

Bragg, Percival Dean, Lt, RCNVR - 17 Jul 1944 (Stand by)

 

Favreau, Jean Marc, Slt, RCNVR - 17 Jul 1944 (Stand by)

 

Ferguson, Keith Allister, Lt (El) (R), RCNVR - 16 Mar 1945

 

Gardiner, John Hamilton, Surg/Lt, RCNVR - 05 Feb 1945

 

Greason, James Wilfred, Lt (E), RCNVR - 07 Mar 1945

Hodgson, David Yuile, Lt, RCNVR - 03 Apr 1945

 

Lewis, David James, Lt, RCNVR - Jan 1945

 

Lewis, Zachery Westopp Traver, A/Lt, RCNVR - 05 Mar 1945

Morehouse, Sidney Judson, Lt (E), RCNVR - 25 Jun 1945

 

Rankin, Angus Hetherington, LCdr, RCN - 21 Jun 1944 (Stand by) CO

 

Scott, Wallace Andrew William, Slt, RCNVR - 22 Jul 1944 (Stand by)

 

Turner, John Russell, A/Wt (E), RCN - 01 May 1944

 

Links

Personal photo gallery for Charles Hector Rousseau

Ship's company photos for HMCS Kapuskasing

 

Photos and Documents (below)

 

Jacket patch for HMCS Kapuskasing J326

From the collection of James (Jimmy) Leary

Courtesy of Gerry Leary

HMCS Kapuskasing conducting a stern fueling with a oil tanker while escorting a convoy

From the collection of Charles Rousseau

Courtesy of Pierre Rousseau

Sailors from HMCS Kapuskasing J326 ashore in Bermuda Oct-Nov 1944

Jim Laing first on left

From the collection of Jim Laing

Courtesy of Gerry Laing

The former HMCS Kapuskasing being prepared to be towed out to sea as a live-fire target - 03 Oct 1978

Courtesy of the Assistant Royal Canadian Navy Heritage Officer

The former HMCS Kapuskasing awaiting her fate as a live-fire target - 03 Oct 1978

Source: Canadian Forces Joint Imaging Centre in Ottawa

Courtesy of Don Smith

 

 

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