For Posterity's Sake         

A Royal Canadian Navy Historical Project


HMCS Merrittonia K688

Photo credit: Naval Museum of Alberta, Macpherson Collection, University of Calgary Archives

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Laid down: 23 Nov 1943

Re-named: Mar 1944

Launched: 26 Jun 1944

Commissioned: 10 Nov 1944

Paid off: 11 Jul 1945

Sold: 16 Nov 1945 to K.C. Irving Ltd., Moncton, N.B.

Fate: Wrecked off the coast of N.S., on 30 Nov 1945


Laid down as HMCS Pointe Claire, she was renamed Merrittonia, Ont. in Mar 1944. Commissioned at Quebec City on 10 Nov 1944, she arrived at Halifax in mid-Dec 1944 and sailed to Bermuda for a month's workups. On her return Merrittonia was assigned to EG C-7 and left St. John's on 07 Feb 1945 to meet the group, which was westbound with convoy ON.283 from Britain. Thereafter continuously employed on North Atlantic convoy duty, she left Londonderry for the final time at the beginning of Jun 1945. She was paid off on 11 Jul and laid up at Sorel for disposal. Purchased by K.C. Irving Ltd., Moncton, on 16 Nov 1945, she was wrecked on the Nova Scotia coast on 30 Nov 1945.


Commanding Officers

Lt Frank Kinnear Ellis, RCNVR - 10 Nov 1944 - 05 Apr 1945

LCdr John Fitzwilliam Stairs, RCNVR - 06 Apr 1945 - 25 Apr 1945

LCdr Robert Montagu Powell, RCNVR - 26 Apr 1945 - 06 May 1945

Lt Raymond John Keelan, RCNVR - 07 May 1945 - 11 Jul 1945


     In memory of those who have crossed the bar    

They shall not be forgotten


Burton, Raymond


Served in Merrittonia 11 Nov 1944 - 11 Jul 1945

Commissioning crew

Paying off Crew










Davis, Gilbert







Powell, Robert Montagu


3rd Commanding Officer






Steward, Donald George


Stitt, Don M.






Willan, Royce







Former Crew Members

Horne, Bill, Wireless Operator/Decoder

Legris, Ernest Wilfred, Slt (El), RCNVR - 23 Feb 1945


McKellar, Kenny

Proud, Franklin Milford, Lt, RCNVR - 06 Apr 1945


Photos and Documents



A navy vet remembers - 22 April 2014

Personal photo gallery of Raymond Burton

Ship's company photos for HMCS Merrittonia

WW2 Personal Documentary - Leading Stoker Gilbert Davis - video