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HMCS LONGUEUIL K672

HMCS Longueuil K672

Source: Flickr photo collection of Don Gorham

 

Battle honours and awards:  Atlantic  1944-45

 

 

Laid down: 17 Jul 1943

Launched: 30 Oct 1943

Commissioned: 18 May 1944

Paid off: 31 Dec 1945

Fate: Scuttled in 1948

 

Built by Canadian Vickers, Ltd, she was commissioned on 18 May 1944, at Montreal. Longueuil arrived 30 Jun 1944 in Bermuda to work up. In Jul 1944 she became a member of EG C-2, and on 07 Aug 1944 left St. John's for Londonderry with convoy HXF.302. She spent her entire wartime career on convoy duty and for varying periods was Senior Officer's ship of her group. Returning to Canada in Jun 1945, she proceeded to Vancouver for tropicalization refit, but this was cancelled and the ship paid off 31 Dec 1945 at Esquimalt. She was sold in 1947 and, reportedly, expended as part of a breakwater at Kelsey Bay; B.C., in 1948.

 

Commanding Officers

LCdr Mervyn John Woods, RCNVR - 18 May 1944 - 18 Jul 1945

 

     In memory of those who have crossed the bar    

They shall not be forgotten

A-B

Bell, John

1925-2011

Benson, Hugh Archibald

1923-1996

Berneche, George Oliver David

____-1993

Blondin, Ted

____-2005

Boyd, Norman Bruce

1925-2014

E-F

Esnor, Gerald B.

____-2002

 

 

 

 

G-H

Hammond, Thomas Hopkins

____-2013

Harper, John C.F.

____-1990

 

 

 

M-N

Mc Dowell, Ernest S.

1917-1977

Nicholls, Richard William

1925-2011

Nichols, Roderick Clyde

1925-2013

 

 

O-P

Porter, William Henry

1925-1996

 

 

 

 

 

Former Crew Members

Albury, Edwin Paul, Slt, RCNVR - 05 May 1945

 

Atkinson, Ivor Roland, Lt, RCNVR - 19 Feb 1945

 

Charron, Douglas G., RCNVR - 28 Mar 1945

 

Clark, Kenneth Dawson, Lt, RCNVR - 19 Feb 1945

 

Craig, George Ian, Paym/Lt, RCNVR - 15 Jun 1944

 

Craigs, Gerald, AB - 1945

 

Crone, Bob

 

Eakins, Robert Edwin, Lt, RCNVR - 10 May 1944 (Stand by) / 18 May 1944 

Freeland, Harry (The Horse), A/Cdr, RCNVR - Jan 1945

 

Griffin, Vincent Oswald, Slt (E), RCNVR - 22 Apr 1944 (Stand by) / 18 May 1944

 

Jansen, Kjeld Billeskov, Lt (E), RCNR - 17 Apr 1944 (Stand by) / 18 May 1944

 

Jenkins, Joe

 

Laidlaw, Kenneth Alison, Lt, RCNVR - 10 May 1944 (Stand by) / 18 May 1944

 

Lorimer, Donald Bruce, Lt, RCNVR - Jan 1945

 

MacLaurin, Arthur Campbell, A/Lt, RCNVR - 26 Jul 1944

Martin, Patrick Henry Trevethan, Slt, RCNVR - 28 Mar 1945

 

O'Connel, George Franklin, Lt, RCNVR - 10 Apr 1944 (Stand by) / 18 May 1944

 

Parkinson, Ralph

 

Reid, Jack

 

Robertson, Robbie

 

Simpson, John William, Lt, RCNVR - 30 Mar 1945

 

Woods, Mervyn John, LCdr, RCNVR - 10 Apr 1944 (Stand by) / 18 May 1944

 

RCN Memories - HMCS Longueuil - V.E. Day in Newfie John 

 

Links - The story of a Campbellford hero - Lt. Col. John Bell     Part 1 of 3    Part 2 of 3    Part 3 of 3

 

Photos and Documents (below)

 

HMCS Longueuil K672

From the collection of Hugh A. Benson

Courtesy of Doug Benson

4-Inch gun of HMCS Longueuil

From the collection of Hugh A. Benson

Courtesy of Doug Benson

"The Gallows"

HMCS Longueuil

 

        

 

From the collection of Hugh A. Benson

Courtesy of Doug Benson

 

The story behind the photos.  "The Gallows" photos were taken on Christmas Day 1945.  The seamen were made officers for the day and everybody got into the act.  The officer was probably weighed off for some perceived misdemeanour.

 

Courtesy of Jack Reid, Able Seaman, Radar Operator

Hugh A. Benson on HMCS Longueuil

From the collection of Hugh A. Benson

Courtesy of Doug Benson

Navy Buddies

Crew members of HMCS Longueuil

Hugh A. Benson below the "X"

From the collection of Hugh A. Benson

Courtesy of Doug Benson

 

Crew members of HMCS Longueuil

Courtesy of Jack Reid, Able Seaman, Radar Operator

 

Front row - sitting - L-R: Robbie Robertson, Joe Jenkins, Tiger

Second row - L-R:  unknown, unknown, unknown, Bob Crone, Ralph Parkinson, Hugh Benson (Doc), unknown, Jack Reid

Back Row - L-R: Ted Blondin, George Oliver, David Berneche, Spanks

Hugh A Benson (right) and friend on HMCS Longueuil

From the collection of Hugh A. Benson

Courtesy of Doug Benson

George Oliver David Berneche on HMCS Longueuil

From the collection of Hugh A. Benson

Courtesy of Doug Benson

George Oliver David Berneche on HMCS Longueuil

From the collection of Hugh A. Benson

Courtesy of Doug Benson

Unknown crewman on HMCS Longueuil

From the collection of Hugh A. Benson

Courtesy of Doug Benson

Hugh Benson on HMCS Longueuil

From the collection of Hugh A. Benson

Courtesy of Doug Benson

Relaxing in the pool on board HMCS Longueuil (at sea)

From the collection of Hugh A. Benson

Courtesy of Doug Benson

Relaxing in the pool on board HMCS Longueuil (at sea)

From the collection of Hugh A. Benson

Courtesy of Doug Benson

Relax time on HMCS Longueuil

Crew members tanning on the deck around the 4-inch gun

From the collection of Hugh A. Benson

Courtesy of Doug Benson

Ladder to the bridge area of HMCS Longueuil

From the collection of Hugh A. Benson

Courtesy of Doug Benson

Crew members of HMCS Longueuil

From the collection of Hugh A. Benson

Courtesy of Doug Benson

Crew members of HMCS Longueuil

From the collection of Hugh A. Benson

Courtesy of Doug Benson

Crew members of HMCS Longueuil

From the collection of Hugh A. Benson

Courtesy of Doug Benson

 

George Oliver David Berneche - standing 3rd from right

Crew members of HMCS Longueuil

From the collection of Hugh A. Benson

Courtesy of Doug Benson

Crew members of HMCS Longueuil

From the collection of Hugh A. Benson

Courtesy of Doug Benson

Crew members of HMCS Longueuil

From the collection of Hugh A. Benson

Courtesy of Doug Benson

Unofficial wartime badge of HMCS Longueuil

From the collection of Hugh A. Benson

Courtesy of Doug Benson

Crew members of HMCS Longueuil posing with flying fish

From the collection of Hugh A. Benson

Courtesy of Doug Benson

 

The sailor on the right in the black trunks is Roderick Clyde Nichols

Crew members of HMCS Longueuil posing with flying fish

From the collection of Hugh A. Benson

Courtesy of Doug Benson

Bridge of HMCS Longueuil

From the collection of Hugh A. Benson

Courtesy of Doug Benson

Commanding officer of HMCS Longueuil

From the collection of Hugh A. Benson

Courtesy of Doug Benson

Crew member of HMCS Longueuil

From the collection of Hugh A. Benson

Courtesy of Doug Benson

Crew members of HMCS Longueuil

From the collection of Hugh A. Benson

Courtesy of Doug Benson

 

George Oliver David Berneche - 2nd row 2nd from right

"British Girls"

Hugh A. Benson in England

From the collection of Hugh A. Benson

Courtesy of Doug Benson

Ship's mess on HMCS Longueuil

From the collection of Hugh A. Benson

Courtesy of Doug Benson

Transfer at sea. Photo taken from HMCS Longueuil

From the collection of Hugh A. Benson

Courtesy of Doug Benson

Crew members of HMCS Longueuil

Ted Blondin (Middle) Hugh A. Benson (right)

From the collection of Hugh A. Benson

Courtesy of Doug Benson

Ships in port. Place unknown

From the collection of Hugh A. Benson

Courtesy of Doug Benson

"Shots Fired"

HMCS Longueuil

From the collection of Hugh A. Benson

Courtesy of Doug Benson

Photo of convoy taken from HMCS Longueuil. Note the Bi-plane flying over the convoy

From the collection of Hugh A. Benson

Courtesy of Doug Benson

Crew member of HMCS Longueuil getting his "sea legs"

From the collection of Hugh A. Benson

Courtesy of Doug Benson

Hugh A. Benson

From the wartime collection of Hugh A. Benson

Courtesy of Doug Benson

"Shore Party"

HMCS Longueuil

From the collection of Hugh A. Benson

Courtesy of Doug Benson

HMCS Longueuil Shore Party

From the collection of Hugh A. Benson

Courtesy of Doug Benson

Crew members of HMCS Longueuil

From the collection of Hugh A. Benson

Courtesy of Doug Benson

 

George Oliver David Berneche - 1st on right with man wearing peak cap on his shoulders

Warships steaming in line ahead formation. Photo taken from HMCS Longueuil

From the collection of Hugh A. Benson

Courtesy of Doug Benson

Upper deck of HMCS Longueuil

From the collection of Hugh A. Benson

Courtesy of Doug Benson

Mess deck, HMCS Longueuil

From the collection of Hugh A. Benson

Courtesy of Doug Benson

HMCS Longueuil K672

From the collection of Hugh A. Benson

Courtesy of Doug Benson

Stern of HMCS Longueuil

From the collection of Hugh A. Benson

Courtesy of Doug Benson

Bow of HMCS Longueuil

From the collection of Hugh A. Benson

Courtesy of Doug Benson

Stern of HMCS Longueuil

From the collection of Hugh A. Benson

Courtesy of Doug Benson

Stern of HMCS Longueuil

From the collection of Hugh A. Benson

Courtesy of Doug Benson

Surrendered U-Boats. Outboard U-1231. Inboard of U-1231 is U-1010

From the collection of Hugh A. Benson

Courtesy of Doug Benson

Surrendered U-boats.  U-516 visible in this photos

From the collection of Hugh A. Benson

Courtesy of Doug Benson

 

 

Surrendered U-boats

From the collection of Hugh A. Benson

Courtesy of Doug Benson

Crew members of HMCS Longueuil K672

 

"Some of the crew of the HMCS Longueuil after arrival in Halifax, June 1945. Bottom left corner is my grandfather, AB Gerald Craigs."

Credit: RCN photo by P.C. Keegan

Source: flickr photo stream of Jeremy Craigs

Smitty on HMCS Longueuil

From the collection of  John C.F. Harper

Courtesy of Ken Harper

Look aft on HMCS Longueuil from the crows nest

From the collection of  John C.F. Harper

Courtesy of Ken Harper

Smitty on the fo'c's'le of HMCS Longueuil

From the collection of  John C.F. Harper

Courtesy of Ken Harper

Smitty on HMCS Longueuil

From the collection of  John C.F. Harper

Courtesy of Ken Harper

Smitty on HMCS Longueuil

From the collection of  John C.F. Harper

Courtesy of Ken Harper

The End

 

HMCS Longueuil was paid off and scuttled as a breakwater at Kelsey Bay, BC in 1948

 

Source: Shipspotting.com  Photographer: Dirk Septer

 

 

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