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A Royal Canadian Navy Historical Project


HMCS Kirkland Lake K337

From the collection of Robert Bartlett

Courtesy of Lloyd Bartlett

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Laid down: 16 November 1943 as HMCS St. Jerome

Re-named: March 1944 as HMCS Kirkland Lake K337

Launched: 27 April 1944 at Quebec City, Que.

Commissioned: 21 August 1944

Paid off: 14 December 1945

Fate: Broken up at Sydney, NS in 1947-48


Laid down as HMCS St. Jerome, she was renamed in Mar 1944. Commissioned at Quebec City on 21 Aug 1944 as HMCS Kirkland Lake, she arrived at Halifax on 10 Sep 1944 and left on 20 Nov 1944 for Bermuda to work up. On her return to Halifax in Dec 1944 Kirkland Lake was assigned to EG 16, leaving on 08 Mar 1944 for Londonderry when the group was transferred there. She was based at various times at 'Derry and Portsmouth, and in May 1945, escorted two convoys to Gibraltar and two back. She returned to Canada in June for tropicalization refit at Quebec City, and when this was completed on 05 Nov 1945, returned to Halifax. She was paid off 14 Dec 1945, to maintenance reserve in Bedford Basin and broken up at Sydney, 1947-48.


Photos and Documents          Ship's company photos


Commanding Officers

Lt J.A. Tullis, RCNR - 21 Aug 1944 - 13 Nov 1944

A/Cdr Norman Vincent Clark, OBE, RCNR - 14 Nov 1944 - 02 Oct 1945

LCdr F.H. Pinfold, RCNVR - 03 Oct 1945 - unk


     In memory of those who have crossed the bar    

They shall not be forgotten


Aird, John Black


Drafted to Kirkland Lake 07 Aug 1944 as a Lt, RCNVR

Bartlett, Robert Stanley


Served in Kirkland Lake 22 Aug 1944 - 04 Sep 1945

Benson, Robert Stephen


Blenkinsopp, John Donald


Served in Kirkland Lake as an AB



Hayes, Warren Patrick







Illig, Joseph, John







Kelleher, James Stewart


Lawson, Donald Horace






McCormick, Jack E.


Neill, Joseph James






Outhet, Roy Leslie


Commissioning crew






Robinson, Wallace Franklin







Shrum, Lorne Russell


Threadkill, Arthur Wesley






Wilson, Herbert Edward







Former Crew Members

Abramson, (Abe), AB.SD


Balash, PO.ERA


Brandow, Ray, PO.EA4c (from Stoney Creek, ON)

Burnside, Tommy, AB.ST (from Madoc, ON)

Cameron, Donald, PO.SD (commissioning crew / paying off crew)

Carisse, Joe, LS (from Halifax)

Clark, Norman Vincent, LCdr, RCNR

Clark, PO.QR

Corbeil, PO.ERA

Davidge?, Ron, AB (from BC)

Dawson, Don, AB.ST


Dickenson, G.O., Paym-Lt (his cousin was opera singer Jean Dickenson who married Lt Daniel Macey)


Doxsee, Wayne, SD, V79113, RCNVR


Drew, Colin, LS 


Elston, CERA 

Falkenham, CERA


Fitzhugh, Seaman PO (Buffer)


Foster, Edward, LS (from Ottawa, ON)

Giles, ERNEST, SLt, Assistant Torpedo Officer, RCNVR - 1945

Gougeon, AB.ST

Goyer, Verne, Stoker, (from Brockville, ON)

Grantham, YEOMAN of signals

Grayson, Lt, A/EO

Harper, Robert (Bob), L/Ck (from Vancouver, BC)

Hartie, Lt, XO

Labadie, Henri, AB (from Quebec city)

Lamont?, JJ, AB (from Port Arthur, ON)

Larsen, PO.ERA

Lenz, John, AB.SD (from Steven, SK)

Lewis, Radar (note name Radar), PO

MacDonald, Lawrence, AB (from Cornwall, ON)

Mair, SLt, A/Signals Officer

Marshall, Coxswain

Marshall, Sto PO

Mayer, EA4c

McCain, t, Gunnery Officer

McIntyre?, Mac, AB.QM (from PEI)

McLeod, Chief Shipwright

McMyn, M.D., AB.SD (from Pitt Meadows, BC)

McQueen, Rae, PO Torpedoman

Ocean, William (Bill), Sto (from Hamilton, ON)

Overton, Robert (Kirkland lake 1943-1945)

Rich, Tommy, AB.SD (from Swansea, ON)

Robertson, D.F., SLt, A/Gunnery Officer - 1945


Rowe, Douglas George Wells, Lt (E), RCNVR, Engineering Officer - 15 Jun 1944


Semple Robert, Sto PO


Photos and Documents


HMCS Kirkland Lake jacket patch

From the collection of Donald Lawson

Courtesy of Doug Lawson

Robert Bartlett on HMCS Kirkland Lake

From the collection of Robert Bartlett

Courtesy of Lloyd Bartlett


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(1)  Newspaper article - Christmas at Sea - HMCS Kirkland Lake's Crew Celebrates  (2) Leave Ticket for AB D. Lawson, HMCS Kirkland Lake  (3) Telegram from OS Donald Lawson to his parents telling them he has been drafted to HMCS Kirkland Lake  (4) Letter from OS Donald Lawson to his parents dated 22 Nov 1944. Note the parts of the letter removed by the censor.  (5) OS D. Lawson's station card for HMCS Kirkland Lake  (6) HMCS Kirkland Lake scarf


From the collection of Donald Lawson

Courtesy of Doug Lawson


Cook on HMCS Kirkland Lake prepares a holiday supper

DND / RCN photo

Courtesy of David Outhet

One Seaman's Life Aboard the RCN Frigate "HMCS Kirkland Lake

By AB Seaman Torpedoman Steve Wheeler V77645 RCNVR and Bernie Jaworsky