For Posterity's Sake         

A Royal Canadian Navy Historical Project



Source: Niagara Fall Public Library

Credit: Gary and Pat Ward

HMCS Moose Jaw K164

Courtesy of the CFB Esquimalt Naval and Military Museum


Laid down: 12 Aug 1940

Launched: 09 Apr 1941

Commissioned: 19 Jun 1941

Paid off: 08 Jul 1945

Fate: Broken up in 1949


Built at Collingwood, she was commissioned at Montreal on 19 Jun 1941, and arrived at Halifax on 27 Jun 1941 for final fitting-out. After working up, she arrived at St. John's on 25 Aug 1941 to Join Newfoundland Command, and on 05 Sep 1941, sailed with Chambly for exercises. The two were ordered to reinforce the beleaguered convoy SC.42, which lost 18 ships, and just before joining on 10 Sep 1941, they surprised and sank U 501 astern of the convoy. Moose Jaw, which had rammed the U-boat, required ten days' repairs at Greenock, following which she arrived at Tobermory on 01 Oct 1941 to work up. For the next for months she operated between St. John's and Iceland, but in Jan 1942, she arrived at Londonderry from SC.64, the inaugural "Newfie-Derry" convoy. On 19 Feb 1942, she ran aground on the south entrance of St. John's harbour en route to join convoy HX 176, and although re-floated soon afterward proved to be holed and leaking in several places. Temporary repairs were carried out at St. John's from 20 Feb to 05 Mar 1942 and permanent repairs at Saint John, N.B., from 15 Mar to 25 Jun 1942. Briefly assigned to WLEF, she was detached in Sep 1942 for duties in connection with Operation "Torch", and made here passage to the U.K. with convoy SC.107, which lost 15 ships to U-boats. During the next five months Moose Jaw was employed escorting U.K.-Mediterranean convoys, returning to Halifax on 19 Apr 1943 with convoy ONS.2. Refitted there, she joined Quebec Force at the end of May 1943 for escort duties in the Gulf of St. Lawrence, later transferring to Gaspé Force. She underwent a major refit, including fo'c's'le extension, at Liverpool, N.S., from 19 Dec 1943 to 23 Mar 1944. After working up in St. Margaret's Bay she left Halifax on 01 May 1944 for the U.K., to join Western Approaches Command, Greenock, for invasion duties. She served in the Channel until Sep 1944, when she joined EG 41, Plymouth, and escorted coastal convoys from her base at Milford Haven until the end of the war. She left for home in May 1945, was paid off at Sorel on 08 Jul 1944 and broken up at Hamilton in 1949.


Commanding Officers

Lt Frederic Ernest Grubb, RCN - 19 Jun 1941 - 08 Dec 1941

Lt Henry Drummond Campsie, RCNR - 09 Dec 1941 - 13 Feb 1942

Lt Lewis Dennis Quick, RCNR - 14 Feb 1942 - 29 Aug 1943

Lt J.E. Taylor, RCNVR - 30 Aug 1943 - 06 Oct 1943

Lt Lewis Dennis Quick, RCNR - 07 Oct 1943 - 03 Feb 1944

Lt Harold Brynjolfson, RCNVR - 13 Mar 1944 - 12 Oct 1944

Lt Alexander Harvey, RCNR - 13 Oct 1944 - 08 Jul 1945


     In memory of those who have crossed the bar    

They shall not be forgotten


Anderson, Donald DeBlois


Bockus, Donald Roland






Corkum, Maxwell F.L.







Grubb, Frederic Ernest


Drafted to Moose Jaw 03 Jun 1941 as Lt, RCN, Stand by

1st Commanding Officer






Inglis, John Paterson







Lancaster, Cullis Stanley Jardine







Pindar, Charles Joseph







Quick, Lewis Dennis


Commanding Officer HMCS Moose Jaw 14 Feb 1942 - 29 Aug 1943 and 07 Oct 1943 - 03 Feb 1944






Smith, Edward Stanley


Spinney, Wilbur Ramsay

See HMCS Ontario

Stephenson, John Frederick


Templeton, Roy Munroe


Thurston, Charles Rae

Killed - 13 Apr 1945

while serving in

HMS Indomitable


U-Boats Sunk

U-501 sunk on 10 Sep 1941 by HMCS Chambly K116 and HMCS Moose Jaw K164 in position 62-50 N, 37-50 W


Former Crew Members

Bolduc, Joseph Lazariate, Cd (E), RCNR - 19 Jun 1941


Coryell, John Warren, Slt, RCNVR - 28 Jun 1943


Kohl, George Gordon Powis, Lt, RCNVR - 21 Feb 1944


Lawrence, Harold (Hal) Ernest Thomas, Slt, RCNVR - 19 Jun 1941

McKenzie, Kenneth Bennett, Slt, RCNVR - 16 Mar 1945


Morrow, Ian Bernard Buchanan, Slt, RCNR - 16 Jun 1942


Perry, Christopher Charles, Wt (E), RCNVR - 19 Mar 1944


Ritchie, Arthur Dudley, Lt, RCNVR - 31 Jan 1944

Ruddle-Browne, Herbert William, Mate, RCNR - 19 Jun 1941


Telfer, John William, Lt, RCNVR - 18 Jul 1944


Todd, John Maxwell, Lt, RCNVR - 08 Jun 1941 (Stand by) / 19 Jun 1941


Walmsley, Harry, AA, RCNVR


Whalley, Leo William


Wood, Gerald Robert, Lt, RCNVR - 01 Apr 1944


Photos and Documents



HMCS Moose Jaw and the sinking of U-501

Naval Memories of Harry Walmsley

Ship's company photos for HMCS Moose Jaw