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HMCS MONCTON K139

Then Dutch Whale-Catcher Willem Vinke (1955)

HMCS Moncton K139 - 18 Nov 1944 in posn 51 39N 12 94 8W @ 2220 GMT

Source: Flickr photo collection of Ron Bell

 

Battle honours and awards:  Atlantic  1942-43

 

 

Laid down: 17 Dec 1940

Launched: 11 Aug 1941

Commissioned: 24 Apr 1942

Paid off: 12 Dec 1945

Fate: Broken up at Santander, Spain in 1966

 

Commissioned at Saint John, N.B. on 24 Apr 1942, she arrived at Halifax on 12 May 1942. She was the last of the RCN's initial Flower class programme to complete, owing to heavy demands on her builder, the Saint John Dry Dock Co., for repair work to war-damaged ships. After working up she joined WLEF, Halifax, and when the force was divided into escort groups in Jun 1943, she became a member of EG W-5. She remained in this service until transferred to the west coast in Jan 1944, proceeding there via Guantanamo, Cristobal, Balboa, and San Pedro, Cal. Upon arrival she was assigned to Esquimalt Force, of which she remained a member until VJ-Day. In the course of an extensive refit at Vancouver from 05 May to 07 Jul 1944, her fo'c's'le was extended. She was paid off at Esquimalt on 12 Dec 1945, and sold for conversion to a whale-catcher at Kiel. She entered service in 1955 as the Dutch-flag Willem Vinke and was broken up at Santander, Spain, in 1966.

 

Commanding Officers

LCdr Albert Robert Ernest Coleman, RCNR - 24 Apr 1942 - 11 Oct 1942

Lt A.W. Ford, RCNR - 12 Oct 1942 - 03 Feb 1944

LCdr Arthur Truman Morrell, RCNR - 04 Mar 1944 - 03 Apr 1944

LCdr Roland Joel Roberts, RCNR - 04 Apr 1944 - 26 Jan 1945

Lt William McCombe, RCNR - 27 Jan 1945 - 26 Jun 1945

LCdr C.G. Trotter, RCNVR - 21 Aug 1945 - 12 Dec 1945

 

     In memory of those who made the ultimate sacrifice    

     Lest We Forget     

 

- Book of Remembrance entry     - Grave or burial information

RUTHERFORD, Garnet Ellis

AB, V/53024, RCNVR

died - 25 Jul 1945 

 

     In memory of those who have crossed the bar    

They shall not be forgotten

G-H

Hocking, William Wilberforce

1918-2009

Hulme, George Frederick

1920-2010

 

 

 

K-L

Lamont, William

1921-2003

Served in Moncton as a SBA

 

 

 

 

M-N

McKenzie, Arthur

____-____

 

 

 

 

W-X

 

Walker, William James

1922-2013

 

 

 

 

 

Former Crew Members

Bell, John Richard, Slt, RCNVR - 03 Apr 1943

 

Bragg, Percival Dean, Slt, RCNVR - 28 Apr 1943

 

Burgis, Charles William, Slt, RCNVR - 06 Apr 1942 (Stand by) / 24 Apr 1942

 

Dando, Thomas Arthur, A/Lt, RCNVR - 11 Feb 1944

 

Ferguson, John Alexander Ch/Skpr, RCNR - Jan 1945

 

Finley, George Steele, Lt, RCNVR - 01 Jun 1942

 

Garvie, Robert Lloyd, Lt, RCNVR - 07 Jul 1944

 

Hatrick, Raymond Gardiner, Lt, RCNVR - 21 Apr 1942 (Stand by) / 24 Apr 1942

Heisler, Harrison Howard, Lt, RCNVR - 04 Feb 1944

 

Isnor, John William Ch/Skpr, RCNR - 18 Feb 1944

 

Lawrie, Andrew Hamilton, Lt, RCNVR - 04 Feb 1944

 

Logie, Donald, Slt, RCNVR - 25 Apr 1942

 

MacDonald, Edmund Luther, Lt, RCNVR - 04 Jul 1944

 

Marr, Francis Barbour, Lt, RCNVR - 04 Feb 1944

 

Marshall, Robert John, Lt, RCNVR - 07 May 1945

 

Morrell, Arthur Truman, LCdr, RCNR - 04 Feb 1944

 

O'Hara, Leonard, Lt, RCNVR - 02 Jun 1945

Porter, Rex Walter, Mate, RCNR - 04 Feb 1944

 

Robertson, Michael James, Lt, RCNVR - 25 Feb 1945

 

Shae, Frank Earle, A/Wt (E), RCN - 16 May 1944

 

Smillie, Raymond Nelson, Lt, RCNVR - 07 Apr 1942 (Stand by) / 24 Apr 1942

 

Staples, William Robert, Slt, RCNVR - 06 Mar 1945

 

Storey, John Herbert, Lt, RCNVR - 08 Jul 1944

 

Walker, Frank Bigley, Lt, RCNVR - 07 Apr 1943

 

Wright, Owen Hugh McCulla, Lt, RCNVR - 21 Jun 1944

 

Yates, Lawrence Harvey, Ch/Skpr, RCNR - 26 Jun 1944

 

 

Photos and Documents

 

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