For Posterity's Sake         

A Royal Canadian Navy Historical Project





Flower Class Corvette




Credit: Cece McLennan


Laid down: 20 Apr 1940

Launched: 05 Sep 1940

Commissioned: 29 Jun 1941

Paid off: 09 Jul 1945

Fate: Broken up in 1950


Built at Port Arthur, Ont., she was commissioned at Montreal on 29 Jun 1941. KENOGAMI arrived at Halifax on 04 Jul 1941. She served briefly with Halifax Force before arriving at St. John's on 24 Aug 1941 to join as convoy escort all the way to the U.K., as it lost 18 ships in what proved to be one of the worst convoy battles of the war. In Feb, 1942, after five months' ocean escort duty between St. John's and Iceland, she made her first tip to Londonderry, joining WLEF on her return. She received an extensive refit at Halifax through Jun and Jul 1942, and in Oct 1942 resumed her ocean escort duties with EG C-1. The following month she took part in another fierce convoy battle, that of ONS.154, which lost 14 ships. In Mar 1943, she made one round trip to Gibraltar, escorting follow-up convoys to the invasion of North Africa. On 11 May 1943 she left 'Derry for the last time, attached to EG B-4 (RN) with convoy ON.183. After a two-month refit at Liverpool, N.S., and workups at Pictou, she joined WLEF's EG W-8. In Apr 1944, she transferred to W-4, but in Dec 1944 rejoined W-8 for the balance of the war. During this period she underwent a major refit at Liverpool, N.S., between Jun and Oct 1944, including fo'c's'le extension, followed by three weeks' workups in Bermuda. She was paid off on 09 Jul 1945 at Sydney and broken up at Hamilton in 1950.



Photos and Documents          Ship's company photos


Battle for Convoy ONS-154          Battle for Convoy ONS 154          Canada's Oldest Naval Vets Honoured



Commanding Officers


LCdr Reginald (Cowboy) Jackson, RCNVR - 26 Jun 1941 - 21 Nov 1942


Lt James Leslie Percy, RCNVR - 22 Nov 1942 - 23 Feb 1944


Lt Ralph George McKenzie, RCNVR - 24 Feb 1944 - 09 Jul 1945



     In memory of those who have crossed the bar    

They shall not be forgotten




Former Crew Members


Bisset, John Ernest, Lt, RCNVR - 09 Apr 1942


Brooks, Morley Drummond, Slt, RCNVR - 29 Jun 1941


Clark, Andrew Cunningham, Lt, RCNVR - Jan 1945


Hallet, Abraham Richard, Ch/Skpr, RCNR - 29 Jun 1941


Hewitson, Albert Gordon, Lt, RCNVR - 18 Apr 1945


Hulot, Henri, Lt (SB), RCNVR - 23 Feb 1945

Jackson, Reginald (Cowboy), LCdr, RCNVR - 08 May 1941 (Stand by)


Key, James Sydney, RCNVR - 19 Feb 1944


MacDonald, Barney


MacDonald, Joe


McDow, Edward


McPhee, Donald Harrison, Slt, RCNVR - 13 Mar 1942


Monaghan, Terrance Edward, Lt, RCNVR - 16 Mar 1944


Percy, James Leslie, Lt, RCNVR - Jan 1943

Peters, Thomas Walker, Slt, RCNVR - 24 Jul 1943


Sargeant, Ernest, CPO Wireless Operator 


Smallman, William Wilson, Slt, RCNVR - 24 Jul 1944


St. Laurent, Renault Maurice Stephen, Lt, RCNVR - 03 Jul 1943


Urquhart, William Hector Eustace, A/Lt, RCNVR - 20 Feb 1945


Wildsmith, Alfred Charles, A/Wt (E), RCN - 19 Jul 1944



Photos and Documents




Courtesy of Erling Baldorf

HMCS Kenogami K125

Source: Flickr photo collection of Ron Bell

Albert (Bert) Haslam, Submarine Detector, on the forward gun of HMCS Kenogami K125. Note the gun shield emblem of the U-boat behind the 8-ball

From the collection of Albert (Bert) Haslam

Courtesy of Craig Haslam

Christmas on HMCS Kenogami K125 - Dec 1943

From the collection of James Dawson Haigh

Courtesy of Maureen Ellison

Gordon Gage and shipmate on HMCS Kenogami circa Jul 1943 - Jul 1944

Courtesy of Robert Lefebvre

Brothers Barney and Joe MacDonald on HMCS KENOGAMI

Courtesy of Randy MacDonald

Crew of 65 from Merchant Ship Rescued by HMCS KENOGAMI


From the collection of François Messier, AB, RCNVR


Courtesy of Denis Messier



Members of HMCS KENOGAMI's crew that volunteered for duty in the Pacific


Courtesy of Randy MacDonald







(EM02) Article on the CO of HMCS KENOGAMI, Lt Renault Saint-Laurent, RCNVR of Quebec.  In the photo, L-R:  Able Seaman Robert Harron (of Ottawa), Steward Ernest Morin (of Montreal) and Eugene Grondin (of Winnipeg). Note: photo of CO not shown here  (EM03) Photo used in previous newspaper article  (EM04) Sailors on HMCS KENOGAMI  (EM05) Sailors from 5 provinces serving in HMCS KENOGAMI


Names of sailors in photo # EM05 - AB C.E. Richard (of Limoilou), AB P. Loriot (of Montreal) Supply Assistant A. Gagne (of Montreal), AB R. Lalonde (of Nova Scotia), QM E. Parent (of Vancouver), Stoker C. Robillard (of Windsor), QM R. Barnes (of Fort William), QM P. Poirier (of Dalhousie).  Top Row: Stwd 2c R. Courville (of Sudbury), Stwd 2c E. Morin (of Montreal), and QM R. Leclerc (of S.-Michel de Bellechase)

From the collection of Ernest Morin, Stwd, RCNVR


Courtesy of Normand Morin