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HMCS LUNENBURG K151

HMCS Lunenburg K151

 

Laid down: 28 Sep 1940

Launched: 10 Jul 1941

Commissioned: 04 Dec 1941

Paid off: 23 Jul 1945

Fate: Sold to Steel Co. of Canada, Hamilton, Ont., in Jun 1946 and broken up in the same year.

 

Launched on 10 Jul 1941 at Lauzon, Que., she was commissioned on 04 Dec 1941, at Quebec City. She arrived at Halifax on 13 Dec 1941 and after working up did escort duty between Halifax and St. John's. In Jul 1942, she was transferred to Halifax Force as escort to Quebec City-Hamilton Inlet (Labrador) convoys. Lunenburg arrived at Sydney on 31 Aug 1942 to join Gulf Escort Force, but two weeks later was detached for Operation "Torch" duties. Arriving at Londonderry on 27 Sep 1942, she proceeded to Liverpool for extra A/A armament and in Nov 1942 began a four-month stint escorting convoys between the U.K. and the Mediterranean. At the end of Mar 1943, she returned to Liverpool for a major refit, including fo'c's'le extension, completing on 17 Aug 1943. After a brief sojourn in Canadian waters she was assigned to EG 6, Western Approaches Command, arriving at Plymouth late in Nov 1943. For the next five months she operated in support of convoys between the U.K. and Gibraltar, and between Londonderry and other U.K. ports, as well as patrolling the Northwestern Approaches from her Londonderry base. On 11 Jan 1944, while so employed, she was attacked by U-953 (Oblt Karl-Heinz Marbach) 50N-18W but was not hit. When the group's corvettes were replaced with frigates in Apr 1944, Lunenburg went to Western Approaches Command Greenock, to be based at Portsmouth for invasion duties. For the next five months she was employed primarily in the English Channel. She left Londonderry on 23 Sep 1944 for refit begun at Saint John, N.B., but completed at Halifax in mid-Jan 1945. Following work-ups in Bermuda she returned to the U.K. via the Azores, to serve with Plymouth Command until the end of the war. In May 1945, she visited St. Helier during the re-occupation of the Channel Islands. She left Greenock in mid-Jun 1945 for Halifax, was paid off at Sorel on 23 Jul 1945, and broken up at Hamilton in 1946.

 

Commanding Officers

Lt W.E. Harrison, RCNR - 04 Dec 1941 - 13 Oct 1943

Lt David Lloyd Miller, DSC, RCNVR - 14 Oct 1943 - 19 Jul 1944

Lt Douglas Haig Smith, RCNVR - 20 Jul 1944 - 22 Dec 1944

Lt Woodburn Stratford Thomson, RCNVR - 23 Dec 1944 - 23 Jul 1945

 

     In memory of those who made the ultimate sacrifice    

     Lest We Forget     

 

- Book of Remembrance entry     - Grave or burial information

DANIELS, Michael George

AB, V/46624, RCNVR

died - 10 Dec 1944 

 

     In memory of those who have crossed the bar    

They shall not be forgotten

A-B

Berry, Peter Cushing

1923-2006

Served in Lunenburg in 1944 as A/Lt, RCNVR

 

 

 

 

C-D

Drury, J. Stewart

1922-2006

 

 

 

 

G-H

Holland, Kenneth Gerald

1923-2010

 

 

 

 

K-L

Kirk, H.W.

1923-2010

Little, Vernon Earle

1924-1979

Luckraft, Alen Miller

1923-2008

 

 

M-N

Mckenzie, Colin Craig

1923-2011

 

 

 

 

O-P

Potts, Gordon Brack

1921-2011

Powelson, Lynn

1923-2015

 

 

 

S-T

Smith, Kenneth Neil

1922-2014

Tomlinson, Gordon Earle

1925-2015

 

 

 

 

Former Crew Members

Clark, Donald William, Lt, RCNVR - 07 Apr 1944

 

Cock, Peter John Bligh, Lt, RCNVR - 05 Mar 1943

Dangerfield, Jack Wilbur, Slt, RCNVR - 01 Apr 1942

 

Hunter, William Robert, Slt, RCNVR - Jan 1942

Ritchie, Arthur Dudley, Lt, RCNVR - 12 May 1942

 

Watson, William Hanks, Lt, RCNVR - Jan 1945

 

Photos and Documents

 

Links

Personal photo gallery of Vernon E. Little

Ship's company photos for HMCS Lunenburg

 

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