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A Royal Canadian Navy Historical Project


HMCS MOONBEAM Z43 / J43 (1940)

HMCS Moonbeam, April 1941

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


Launched: 1913

Acquired by RCN:  1914/15


Paid off:

Acquired by RCN: Dec 1940


Paid off: 13 Nov 1945

Fate: Broken up around 1970-72


Built by George T. Davie, Lauzon, Quebec, she was launched in 1913. Originally M & F Hopper Barge No 1. In 1918 she was listed as a water barge. Renamed D.M. Hopper Barge No. 1 circa 1930. Formerly the Department of Transport Hopper Barge No. 1, she was acquired by the RCN in Dec 1940, and converted to a fuel oil carrier for use on the east coast and at St. John's, Nfld.  Moonbeam was paid off on 13 Nov 1945, and sold the following year to become Oakbranch, then about 1960, B.L.L. 24.  Her register was closed in 1971, the ship having been broken up.


In the Navy Lists for 1918, Hopper Barger # 1 was listed as a Water Barge.


Commanding Officers

Skpr John Parsons Shears, RCN - 01 May 1918 - unk

Lt T.D. Kelly, RCNR - 04 Dec 1940 - unk

Ch/Skpr Stanley Francis Ellis, RCNR - 04 Jan 1941 - unk

Lt W.W. Hackney, RCNR - 07 Jul 1942 - unk

Ch/Skpr E.W. Hannaford, RCNR - 15 Oct 1943 - unk


     In memory of those who made the ultimate sacrifice    

     Lest We Forget     

FOWLER, Leonard

OS, V7934, RCNVR

died - 10 Jun 1941 

MASSON, James Ronald

OS, V31106, RCNVR

MPK - 14 Oct 1942

while in passage aboard the SS Caribou


ERA 3c, A2858, RCNR

died - 25 Dec 1942 


     In memory of those who have crossed the bar    

They shall not be forgotten


Courage, William Ronald Benjamin


Served in Moonbeam during WW 2






Plante, Emile


Drafted to Hopper Barge No. 1 on 29 Mar 1917 as Mate, RNCVR






Shears, John Parsons


Commanding Officer

01 May 1918






Former Crew Members

Thompson, Ernest Lyman, Skpr, RCNR - 22 Apr 1941