For Posterity's Sake         

A Royal Canadian Navy Historical Project


HMCS Lynx Z07 at Levis, 13 Aug 1940

Source: The Ships of Canada's Naval Forces 1910-1981 by Ken Macpherson & John Burgess


Launched: 1922

Commissioned: 26 Aug 1940

Paid off: 23 Apr 1943

Fate: Sunk off Australia


Lynx left Halifax with Husky on 30 May 1940, for conversion and arming at Quebec City.  On her return she was commissioned at Halifax on 26 Aug 1940 and allocated to Sydney Force.  She returned at year's end to Halifax for the winter, and in Jul 1941, was assigned to Gaspé Force.  The ship was plagued by mechanical troubles, however, and spare parts proved unobtainable.  She was accordingly transferred to Halifax on 25 Nov 1941.  On 18 Jan 1942, Lynx rescued the passengers and crew of SS Empire Kingfisher, which had sunk off Cape Breton.  Soon afterward condemned for further sea duty, she was paid off on 23 Apr 1943, and offered for sale, but no buyer was forthcoming until Jul 1943.  For some years a banana trader in the Caribbean, she was finally lost near Sydney, Australia, under the name Rican Star.


Wreck of the SS Empire Kingfisher


Commanding Officers

Lt Joseph Louis Alfred Levesque, RCNR - 26 Aug 1940 - 24 May 1942

LCdr Andrew Dyas MacLean, RCNVR - 25 May 1942 - Sep 1942


     In memory of those who have crossed the bar    

They shall not be forgotten

Cormier, Joseph Louis Nazaire


Served in Lynx 03 Jun 1940 - 24 Jul 1940 as A/Skpr, RCNR, Stand by. Drafted to Lynx 26 Aug 1940 as A/Skpr, RCNR

Farley, Gerald R.

Greco, Vincent C.

Hickey, Lester A.

Miles, George William Victor



Former Crew Members

Comber, Douglas - 1940 (alive and well in 2019)


Deschanes, Emile Hector, Ch/Skpr, RCNR - 27 Jun 1941

Goad, James Barclay, Slt, RCNVR - 21 Feb 1942


Large, Ellsworth Field, Lt, RCNVR - 26 May 1941

Prudence, John Robert, Cd (E), RCNR - 25 May 1940 (Stand by)