HMCS LA HULLOISE K668 / 305

 

River Class / Prestonian Class Frigate

 


 

 

Post WW II Badge

HMCS LA HULLOISE K668 entering Gladstone Dock, Liverpool

IWM Photo, A 8098

From the collection of Thomas J. Simpson

 

Battle honours and awards:  Atlantic  1945

 

 

Laid down: 10 Aug 1943

Launched: 29 Oct 1943

Commissioned: 20 May 1944

Paid off: 19 Oct 1945

Re-commissioned: 24 Jun 1949

Paid off: 23 Nov 1953 for Prestonian conversion

Re-commissioned: 09 Oct 1957

Paid off: 16 Jul 1965

Fate: Broken up at La Spezia, Italy, in 1966

 

Commissioned at Montreal on 20 May 1944, LA HULLOISE arrived at Halifax in Jun 1944. She proceeded to Bermuda in Jul 1944 to work up, and on returning was assigned to EG 16 at Halifax. In Oct 1944 she was re-assigned to EG 25, and transferred with it to Londonderry in Nov 1944. She spent the remainder of the war in U.K. waters, based variously at 'Derry and Rosyth. On 07 Mar 1945, with STRATHADAM and THETFORD MINES, she took part in sinking U 1302 in St. George's Channel. Late in May 1945 she sailed for Canada to undergo tropicalization refit at Saint John. Work was completed 19 Oct 1945, but the Pacific war had ended and she was paid off at Halifax on 06 Dec 1945.

 

U-Boats Sunk:  U-1302 (Kptlt Wolfgang Herwatz) a type VIIC/41 U-boat, sunk on 07 Mar 1945 by HMCS LA HULLOISE K668, HMCS THETFORD MINES K459 and HMCS STRATHADAM K682 in St. George's Channel, position 52-19 N, 05-23 W. Of her crew of 48 there were no survivors.

 

When she was re-commissioned for cadet and new entry training in 1949 her Co, LCdr Jette, was also SO Reserve Fleet East Coast.

 

In the summer of 1952, HMCS LA HULLOISE did two training cruises for cadets from the University Naval Training Divisions and the Canadian Services College. In May 1952, she went to the Mediterranean with the destroyer HMCS CRESCENT and the frigate HMCS SWANSEA. This cruise included port visits to the Açores (Azores), Gibraltar, and Toulon and Nice in southern France.

 

In July and August 1952, the LA HULLOISE and CRESCENT did a second training cruise to the UK and France, with port visits in Plymouth, Southampton, and Dieppe, and shore leave in London and Paris.

 

 

In Jun 1953 HMCS Swansea was part of the Canadian Squadron that attended the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II Fleet Review at Spithead. 

 

On  23 Nov 1953 LA HULLOISE was paid off for conversion to a Prestonian class ocean escort. She was commissioned as such on 09 Oct 1957.

 

On 13 Feb 1959, HMCS Fort Erie, HMCS BUCKINGHAM, HMCS SWANSEA and HMCS LA HULLOISE returned to Halifax after a 5 week exercise in southern waters that included a port visit to Kingston, Jamaica. 

 

In Apr 1963, 12 RCN ships, ALGONQUIN, MICMAC, CAYUGA, ST CROIX, TERRA NOVA, KOOTENAY, SWANSEA, LA HULLOISE, BUCKINGHAM, CAPE SCOTT, CNAV BLUETHROAT and CNAV ST CHARLES, took part in NATO Exercise New Broom Eleven, an exercise designed to test convoy protection tactics (click here to see the newspaper article).

 

LA HULLOISE was paid off on 16 Jul 1965 and broken up at La Spezia, Italy, in 1966.

 


 

RCN Memories:     Don't Bend the Bollards

 

Photos and Documents          Ship's company photos          The Ship's Bell

 


 

Commanding Officers

 

LCdr John. Brock, RCNVR - 20 May 1944 - 16 Aug 1945

Lt J.C. Walker, RCNVR - 17 Aug 1945 - 02 Oct 1945

Lt J.A. Wyatt, RCNVR - 03 Oct 1945 - 06 Dec 1945

LCdr Marcel Joseph Alphonse Jette, RCN - 24 Jun 1949 - 31 Dec 1949

Cdr Reginald Amand Webber, DSC, RCN - 01 Jan 1950 - 13 Jan 1950

Cdr Thomas Charles Pullen, RCN - 01 Jun 1950 - 22 Sep 1951

Lt A.H. McDonald, RCN - 23 Sep 1951 - 27 Nov 1952

LCdr Henry Allan Porter, RCN - 28 Nov 1952 - 06 Nov 1953

Lt E.H. Hyman, RCN - 07 Nov 1953 - 23 Nov 1953

LCdr R.M.S. Greene, RCN - 09 Oct 1957 - 18 Nov 1958

LCdr F.P.R. Saunders, RCN - 19 Nov 1958 - 09 Sep 1960

LCdr W.J.H. Stuart, RCN - 09 Sep 1960 - 08 Feb 1961

LCdr Peter Harold Grady, RCN - 08 Feb 1961 - 11 Sep 1962

LCdr Alan Gordon Lowe, RCN - 11 Sep 1962 - 11 Aug 1964

LCdr Eric Arthur Makin, RCN - 11 Aug 1964 - 16 Jul 1965

 


 

     In memory of those who have crossed the bar    

They shall not be forgotten

 

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Mascots

 

Mascot - 1945

Mascot - 1945

Mascot - 1945

 

 

 


 

Former Crew Members

 

Ashton, Cliff J.

 

Belanger, Joseph Marcel, Paym/Lt, RCNVR - 04 Jul 1944

 

Bath, Ronald, Signalman

 

Bennett, Frederick John, WT (E), RCN - 24 Jun 1949

 

Benton, Anthony Fabian, Lt, RCN - 01 Jun 1950

 

Cocks, John Henry McGregor, Lt (S), RCN - 01 Jun 1950

 

Comeau, Joseph Edward, V40475, RCNVR

 

Cousineau, Leo E., Sub-Lieutenant

 

Deveau, Moise Arthur

 

Dumaresq, Selwyn J. (Buzz), Radioman

 

Edison, William GH. (Bill), Leading Seaman Electrical Technician

 

Erickson, Wayne, Electrician - Jun 1960 - Mar 1962

 

Evans, Herbert Dennis, Lt (S), RCN - 24 Jun 1949

 

Gable, Robert, Sto - 1944 - 1945

 

Gagne, Joseph Paul Rene, WT (E), RCN - 24 Jun 1949

 

Gautheir, Jean Joseph, Lt, RCN - 30 Jun 1951

 

Gilhen, Augustus, Wt/Shpt, RCN - 24 Jun 1949

Glover, George Randal, A/Lt, RCNVR - 01 May 1944 (Stand by) / 20 May 1944

 

Gove, Harry Edmond, Lt (El), RCNVR - 06 Jun 1945

 

Graham, Adam Henry, LCdr (E), RCN - 24 Jun 1949

 

Geddes, George Scott, A/LCdr (S), RCN - 24 Jun 1949

 

Greaves, Gordon Kenneth, A/Lt, RCNVR - 01 Jun 1944

 

Jamieson, Kenneth, Wt (L), RCN - 24 Jun 1949

 

Jenning, Bernard Joseph, Cd (E), RCN - 24 Jun 1949

 

Johnston, Charles Edward, Bos'n, RCN - 24 Jun 1949

 

King, Stanley Mackenzie, Lt, RCN - 01 Jun 1950

 

MacKinnon, Patrick, Lt (N)

 

McDonald, Arthur Hathaway, Lt, RCN - 01 Jun 1950, XO

 

Millen, James Frederick, Lt (E), RCN - 01 Jun 1950

 

Mitchell, Bill (alive and well 2018) 

 

Murray, O'Connor James, Lt, RCN - 01 Jun 1950

Myers, Ralph, CPO, Electrician - early 1960s

 

Proctor, Bob   

 

Proud, Franklin Milford, Lt, RCN(R) - 01 Jun 1950

 

Rowan, William Oliver, SLt, (El), RCNVR - 26 Jun 1944

 

Sampson, Harvey, RS - Feb 1962 - Feb 1963

 

Sauve, Maurice - 1962

 

Vickers, William (Bill) 

 

Walker, James Cowan, Lt, RCNVR - 15 Apr 1944 / 20 May 1944

 

Walkley, James Nicol, Wt (E), RCN - 24 Jun 1949

 

Wiggs, Edgar Alfred, Lt (P), RCN - 24 Jun 1949

 

Wilson, Dennis, ABSN1, RCN - 1961-1964

 

Wyatt, John Angus, Lt, RCNVR, 10 May 1944 (Stand by) / 20 May 1944

 

Young, John Barclay, Lt (P), RCN, XO - 24 Jun 1949

 


 

Photos and Documents

 

HMCS LA HULLOISE K668 entering Gladstone Dock, Liverpool.

From the collection of Thomas J. Simpson

Rowing Crew of HMCS LA HULLOISE K668.

From the collection of Thomas J. Simpson

HMCS LA HULLOISE K668

Photo (probably) taken from HMCS Strathdam.

From the collection of Thomas J. Simpson

HMCS LA HULLOISE in refit in (believed to be) Londonderry, Northern Ireland

Photographer: Thomas J. Simpson

© the collection of Thomas J. Simpson

HMCS LA HULLOISE 305 - after Prestonian class conversion

The Big Guns on HMCS LA HULLOISE K668

Twin QF 4-inch MK XIX Naval Guns with friends of Thomas J. Simpson.

Photo taken by Thomas J. Simpson © Thomas J. Simpson

Newspaper article on the sinking of U-1302 by Strathadam, LA HULLOISE and Thetford Mines

The Hamilton Spectator, 09 Jun 1945

Fo'c's'le of HMCS LA HULLOISE K668

From the collection of George Francis Learn

Courtesy of Brian Learn

Stern view of HMCS LA HULLOISE K668.  Note the absence of guns on the platforms - possibly taken when she was fitting out

From the collection of George Francis Learn

Courtesy of Brian Learn

Funnel and mast of HMCS LA HULLOISE K668. Note the funnel cover is on.

From the collection of George Francis Learn

Courtesy of Brian Learn

HMCS LA HULLOISE K668 (inboard). Outboard ship unknown

From the collection of George Francis Learn

Courtesy of Brian Learn

Jacket patch for HMCS LA HULLOISE K668

From the collection of George Francis Learn

Courtesy of Brian Learn

Turner and George Learn - V.E. Celebrations

From the collection of George Francis Learn

Courtesy of Brian Learn

Barnson and George Learn - Stoker Mess, HMCS LA HULLOISE K668

From the collection of George Francis Learn

Courtesy of Brian Learn

Stokers on the 4" gun of HMCS LA HULLOISE K668 - Sep 1945

From the collection of George Francis Learn

Courtesy of Brian Learn

Stokers on the jetty (HMCS LA HULLOISE K668 in background)

From the collection of George Francis Learn

Courtesy of Brian Learn

Bill Mitchell (Mitch), George Learn and Bob on HMCS LA HULLOISE K668

From the collection of George Francis Learn

Courtesy of Brian Learn

Jack, George Learn, Pete and John on HMCS LA HULLOISE K668

From the collection of George Francis Learn

Courtesy of Brian Learn

George Learn and Bob - Saint John, NB

From the collection of George Francis Learn

Courtesy of Brian Learn

Casselman, George Learn and Pete on HMCS LA HULLOISE K668

From the collection of George Francis Learn

Courtesy of Brian Learn

George Learn (left) and Bill Mitchell (Mitch) on HMCS LA HULLOISE K668

 

Courtesy of Bill Mitchell

 



 

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(SD02) HMCS LA HULLOISE - 1952

(SD03) HMCS LA HULLOISE following astern of HMCS SWANSEA and HMCS CRESCENT - 1952

(SD04) HMCS CRESCENT approaching HMCS LA HULLOISE at sea - 1952

(SD-5-SD06) Postcards from San Miguel, Açores (Azores) - 1952

 

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(SD07-SD08) HMCS LA HULLOISE approaching Gibraltar - 1952

(SD09) Moroccan coast - 1952

(SD10) HMCS LA HULLOISE passing a freighter in the Strait of Gibraltar - 1952

(SD11) HMCS LA HULLOISE alongside in Gibraltar - 1952

 

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(SD12) HMS THESEUS at Gibraltar - 1952

(SD13) USS Wasp at Gibraltar - 1952

 

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(SD14-SD17) Gibraltar postcards - 1952

 

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(SD18) The French battleship Richelieu and a cruiser, French naval port of Toulon, France - 1952

 

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(SD19-SD22) Nice, France - 1952

(SD23) Boats from HMCS La HULLOISE, SWANSEA and CRESCENT in the water at Nice, France for a rowing regatta - 1952

 

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(SD24) Trophies won by HMCS LA HULLOISE at the regatta - 1952

(SD25) A paddleboat passes by LA HULLOISE while at Nice, France - 1952

(SD26) A beach near Nice, France - 1952

(SD27-SD28) Scenery near Nice, France - 1952

 

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(SD29) Depth charge exploding astern of HMCS LA HULLOISE - 1952

(SD30) Squid exploding ahead of HMCS LA HULLOISE - 1952

(SD31) Personnel transfer at sea between HMCS CRESCENT 226 and HMCS LA HULLOISE - 1952

(SD32) Unknown cruiser off the port bow of HMCS CRESCENT 226.  Very likely HMCS QUEBEC - 1952

(SD33) HMCS CRESCENT 226 - 1952

 

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(SD34) HMCS SWANSEA 306 conducting a jackstay with HMCS LA HULLOISE - 1952

(SD35) HMCS SWANSEA 306 and HMCS CRESCENT 226 off the starboard side of HMCS LA HULLOISE - 1952

(SD36) RMS QUEEN MARY, Southampton, England - 1952

(SD37) RMS QUEEN MARY framed between 2 other ships, Southampton, England - 1952

(SD38) Southampton Bargate, Southampton, England - 1952

 

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(SD39) Postcard, Dartmouth Castle, England - 1952

(SD40) Postcard, Plymouth, England - 1952

(SD41) Postcard, London, England - 1952

(SD42) Postcard, London, England - 1952

"The smog was so bad when crew members were on leave in London that visibility was very poor. Postcards were the only way to see anything!"

 

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Canadian Cemetery in Dieppe

(SD43) Canadian Cemetery in Dieppe. The crews of HMC Ships La Hulloise and Crescent visited the cemetery just a few weeks before the 10th anniversary of the August 19,1942 raid on Dieppe - 1952

(SD44) Selywn Dumaresq (left) with unidentified sailor - 1952

(SD45) Canadian Cemetery, Dieppe - 1952

(SD46) Canadian Cemetery, Dieppe - 1952

(SD47) Headstone on unidentified sailor - 1952

 

 

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(SD48-SD50) Postcard from Dieppe - 1952

 

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(SD51) Selwyn Dumaresq, Paris, France - with Eiffel Tower in the background - 1952

(SD52-SD53) Base of the Eiffel Tower, Paris, France - 1952

(SD54) Champ de Mars, Paris France - seen from the Eiffel Tower - 1952

(SD55) The Trocadéro square and gardens, Paris, France, on the north side of the Eiffel Tower across the Seine River

 

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(SD56) Le pont Alexandre-III, Paris France - Historical note: This bridge was inaugurated for the 1900 Universal Exhibition in Paris and bears the name of Alexandre III, the second to last emperor of Russia. Made out of metal, the bridge is composed of 32 bronze candelabras, numerous sculptures such as winged deities, herds of lions led by children and nymphs. The first stones were laid in 1896 by Tsar Nicolas II, Empress Alexandra Fedorovna and French President Felix Faure

(SD57-SD68) Paris, France - 1952

(SD59) Selwyn Dumaresq in Paris, France - 1952

From the collection of Selwyn Dumaresq, LS.CR1, RCN

Courtesy of Charles Dumaresq

 



 

HMCS LA HULLOISE 305

DND/RCN Photo

HMCS LA HULLOISE to Enter for Refit

Halifax Chronicle-Herald 14 May 1959

Researched by / Courtesy of George Newbury

HMCS LA HULLOISE 305, Autumn 1962, taken during the 9th Squadron's visit to Churchill, MB

From the collection of Angus Gillingham

Courtesy of Peter Gillingham

 



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