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HMCS MIDLAND K220

 

Flower Class Corvette

 


 

HMCS MIDLAND K220

 

Laid down: 24 Feb 1941

Launched: 25 Jun 1941

Commissioned: 17 Nov 1941

Paid off: 15 Jul 1945

Fate: Sold in 1946, broken up the same year

 

Built at Midland, ON, she was commissioned at Montreal on 17 Nov 1941. She arrived at Halifax on 30 Nov 1941, and spent her entire career with WLEF, from Jun, 1943, as member of EG W-2. She underwent two extensive refits: the first at Liverpool, N.S., from 30 Nov 1942 to 14 Apr 1943; the second at Galveston, Texas from mid-Mar 1944 to 25 May 1944. The latter refit included the extension of her fo'c's'le. Upon its completion she returned briefly to Halifax before leaving on 01 Jul 1944 for three weeks' working-up in Bermuda. She was paid off at Sydney on 15 Jul 1945. Sold in 1946 in the Great lakes Lumber Co., she was broken up the same year at Fort William (now Thunder Bay), Ont.

 


 

Photos and Documents          Ship's company photos

 


 

Commanding Officers

 

A/LCdr Allan Brown Taylor, RCNR - 17 Nov 1941 - 31 Oct 1943

 

Lt Wilfred Orvin Oakley Barbour, RCNR - 01 Nov 1943 - 15 Jul 1945

 


 

     In memory of those who made the ultimate sacrifice    

     Lest We Forget     

 

MACLAREN, David James

Lt, RCNVR

died - 24 Jun 1945

 


 

     In memory of those who have crossed the bar    

They shall not be forgotten

 

 

Former Crew Members

 

Carrier, Lucien

 

Coggins, Ellsworth Trask, Lt, RCNVR - Jan 1945

 

Dunn, William Henry Stephen, Slt, RCNVR - Jan 1945

 

Dunnet, Gordon, Lt, RCNVR - 22 Apr 1944

Farrer, Don Arthur

 

Kellam, Robert Edgar, A/War (E), RCNVR - Jan 1945

 

Langlois, Philippe Albert, Lt, RCNVR - 27 Jun 1942

 

Longley, Robert Percival, Slt, RCNVR - 15 Apr 1944

 

MacDonald, John Gregory, Slt, RCNVR - 22 Feb 1942

Mullard, Rodney Hill, Slt, RCNVR - 09 Jun 1943

 

Talbot, Alexander William, Slt, RCNVR - 15 Apr 1944

 

Thompson, George Montgomery, Slt, RCNVR - 05 Jul 1943

 

Welwood, Richard Royce, A/Lt, RCNVR - 21 Feb 1944

 


 

Photos and Documents

 

HMCS MIDLAND K220

Source: Flickr photo collection of Ron Bell

 

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(HB01-HB03) On the sub's trailer - (HB01) - Unidentified ship  (HB02) HMCS MIDLAND launches a depth charge  (HB03) Depth charge exploding astern of HMCS MIDLAND  (HB04-HB05) HMS LAUDERDALE L95  (HB06) HMCS CHARLOTTETOWN K244 (1st of name)  (HB07) Corvettes in Halifax.  Minesweeper HMCS MELVILLE J263 nested inboard of the corvettes.

 

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(HB08-HB09) HMCS LUNENBURG K151  (HB10) HMCS LUNENBURG K151 - "Away Sea Boats Crew"  (HB11-HB14) Convoy to St. John's

 

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(HB15-HB18) The Storm of March 1942  (HB18) "A green one" breaking  over HMCS MIDLAND's focs'le  (HB19) Brickon on A.A. platform of HMCS MIDLAND  (HB20) Focs'le of MIDLAND, Sweeper alongside  (HB21) Looking aft, port side on HMCS MIDLAND

 

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(HB22) Back aft on HMCS MIDLAND (HB23) Port Side OF HMCS MIDLAND  (HB24) Ammunition for the Shoot just aft the gun platform on HMCS MIDLAND  (HB25) Starboard side of HMCS MIDLAND looking forward  (HB26) Unidentified sailor on port side of HMCS MIDLAND  (HB27) Point Fives on HMCS MIDLAND  (BH28) Focs'le of HMCS MIDLAND - convoy ship in distant just off to starboard

 

 

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(HB29) Convoy to Halifax  (HB30) Convoy to Halifax - HMCS COLUMBIA in distant to right of merchant ship  (HB31) Gunn and Brickon on HMCS MIDLAND  (HB32) Johnny Cann on HMCS MIDLAND  (HB33) Bill Foster on HMCS MIDLAND  (HB34) Mr. Deyer on HMCS MIDLAND  (HB35) Six unidentified sailors on the focs'le of HMCS MIDLAND

 

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(HB36) "Cold?" Unidentified officer and ratings on HMCS MIDLAND  (HB37) Yunker Yarnton in St. John's, Nfld  (HB38) HMCS MIDLAND entering St. John's Harbor  (HB38) Mouth of St. John's Harbour. Cabot Tower visible on Signal Hill  (HB39) In St. John's - Saxon, Sabe and some of the guys  (HB40) In St. John's - McGuire, Saxon, Sabe  (HB430) Yarnton, Bee, Ring, Redhead on HMCS MIDLAND in Newfoundland

 

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(HB43) MacLean (left) and Bee on HMCS MIDLAND in Newfoundland  (HB44) Mac - painting the side of HMCS MIDLAND  (HB45) Jarvis on a bosn's chair painting the side of HMCS MIDLAND  (HB46) Alongside a "Squeezer" - McColl, Brickon, Higgison  (HB47) Over the side paining the ship's side - K220  (HB48) Robert (Bob) Bowman, CBC Commentator on HMCS MIDLAND in Newfoundland  (HB49)  "Newfy" (Quartermaster) - young Newfoundland lad dress up as QM on HMCS MIDLAND

 

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St. John's, Newfoundland - 1942

(HB52) Main Street  (HB54) Police  (HB55) Overlooking mouth of Harbor

 

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(HB56-HB59) Concert while duty ship - (HB56) Fred Stone plays  (HB 57) Coxswain (standing left), Mr. Taylor (CO) and the "Jimmie" looking at his watch  (HB60-HB63) Baseball game HMCS MIDLAND vs HMCS CALGARY in St. John's - (HB60) Dorey (cook)  (HB61) MIDLAND's team  (HB62) the Jimmie  (HB63) Cann Pitching

 

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(HB64) Vince in Newfoundland - 1942.  Note Vinc is wearing a RCNVR Regina cap tally  (HB65) Irish in Halifax - 1942  (HB66) Vinc on the quarterdeck of HMCS DUNVEGAN  (HB67) Vince and Bee on the Quarterdeck of HMCS DUNVEGAN  (HB68) "Feeling Damn Good" - Gunn in Newfoundland  (HB69) HMCS MIDLAND in Saint John, NB - at high tide  (HB70) HMCS MIDLAND in Saint John, NB - at low tide

 

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(HB71) HMCS MIDLAND in Saint John, NB - at low tide  (HB72) Automatic gangway to HMCS MIDLAND to keep the brow level with the ship during the tide changes.  (HB73-HB76) HMS VANOC provisioning HMCS MIDLAND by ships boat at sea.  Note the ships of the convoy in the background of HB75 and HB76

 

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(HB77-HB81) Bill Readhead, HSD, inspecting results of ramming HMCS WASAGA  (HB82) Red, Narley(?sp), Suffern in Saint John, NB  (HB83) Scott's old ship. Used for South Pole expedition

 

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(HB84) Saint John tram  (HB85-HB86) Funeral for Saint John Fire Chief  (HB87) Parade of Firemen, Saint John  (HB88) USN Blimp two days out of Boston  (HB89) New type of freighter  (HB90) Found lifeboat - removing contents

 

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(HB91) Ship's cat on HMCS MIDLAND - about to climb a ladder  (HB92-HB93) Irish  (HB94) Suffern in the wheelhouse on HMCS MIDLAND (HB95) Willie Williamson on HMCS MIDLAND  (HB96) Bill "Red" Readhead  (HB97) Yunker Yarnton and Red in messdeck on HMCS MIDLAND

 

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(HB98) Red (top), Bee (Middle), Yunker (bottom)  (HB99) Red (top), Meyers (middle), Yunker (bottom)  (HB100) Gay, Chartrand, Meyers, Red

 

From the collection of Harold W. Bee, PO, Training Instructor, RCNVR

 

Courtesy of Steven Kaye

 

HMCS MIDLAND K220 circa 1942.

Note she is in the middle of her conversion to Western Approaches camouflage paint scheme

Courtesy of Bill Gard

 


 

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