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A Royal Canadian Navy Historical Project


HMCS Morden K170

Source: Flickr photo collection of Ron Bel


Laid down: 25 Oct 1940

Launched: 05 May 1941

Commissioned: 06 Sep 1941

Paid off: 29 Jun 1945

Fate: Broken up at Hamilton, Ont., in 1946


Built at Port Arthur, Ont., she was commissioned at Montreal on 06 Sep 1941. Morden arrived at Halifax on 16 Sep 1941. She joined Newfoundland Command and left St. John's 23 Nov 1941 to escort SC.56, her first convoy, to Iceland. She continued on to the U.K., however, to carry out two months' refit and repairs at Southampton. She left the Clyde on 05 Mar 1942, to pick up westbound convoy ON.73, and was thereafter continuously in service as an ocean escort until the fall of 1943 - from Aug 1942, as a member of EG C-2. The following is from the memoirs of Larry Restall " We detected surfaced sub (later found to be U-756) attempting to break into convoy at night. I was on the after gun crew during action stations firing at the sub which dived. We attempted to ram but the sub was able to submerge. Passed over sub and dropped a pattern of depth charges. According to German records the sub never reported again." On 22 Oct 1942, the SS Winnipeg was torpedoed and sunk by U-443 while enroute from Liverpool to Saint John, NB. HMCS Morden rescued all who were aboard her. After a brief refit at Lunenburg in Jun 1943, and workups at Pictou, she sailed for Plymouth to join EG 9. She left Devonport on 15 Sep 1943 to join the group on patrol south of the Sicily Islands, but the group was ordered to the assistance of combined convoy ONS.18/ON.202 which lost six merchant ships and three of its escort. In Oct 1943 Morden rejoined EG C-2 and was given an extensive refit at Londonderry between late Nov 1943 and the end of Jan 1944. The work done included the lengthening of her fo'c's'le. She left 'Derry for the last time on 14 Nov 1944. In May 1945, on completion of a long refit at Sydney and Halifax, she joined EG W-9 of WLEF and left New York on 23 May 1945 as local escort to HX.358, the last HX convoy. Paid off on 29 Jun 1945, at Sorel, she was broken up at Hamilton in 1946.


Commanding Officers

Lt John James Hodgkinson, RCNR - 06 Sep 1941 - 02 Jun 1943

Lt Erin Claude Smith, RCNVR - 03 Jun 1943 - 14 Oct 1943

Lt W. Turner, RCNR - 15 Oct 1943 - 02 Jan 1944

Lt Erin Claude Smith, RCNVR - 03 Jan 1944 - 21 May 1944

Lt Kenneth Benjamin Cully, RCNVR - 22 May 1944 - 18 Feb 1945

Lt Fred Royal Spindler, RCNVR - 19 Feb 1945 - 29 Jun 1945


     In memory of those who made the ultimate sacrifice    

     Lest We Forget     


- Book of Remembrance entry     - Grave or burial information

MAY, George Edward

Stoker PO, A/2012, RCNR

MPK - 14 Oct 1942

Crew member of HMCS Morden, lost on passage aboard Caribou


     In memory of those who have crossed the bar    

They shall not be forgotten


Learmonth, Kenneth William







MacDonald, Harry Bernard


Mackie, Robert John


McKay, Gerald Ernest





Restall, Lawrence Alexander


Drafted to HMCS Morden K170 in Jul 1942






Sears, Charles Burton


Smith, Wilfred Deroy


Spindler, Fred Royal





U-Boats Sunk

U-756 (Kptlt Klaus Harney) sunk on 01 Sep 1942 by HMCS Morden K170 in position 57-41 N, 31.30 W. Sunk with all hands. 43 men lost.


Former Crew Members

Allerton, Ronald Kent Jackson, Slt, RCNVR - 29 Apr 1942


Barrett-Leonard, Walter James, Slt, RCNVR - 10 Mar 1942 / 30 Mar 1942


Brault, Jean Rene, Lt, RCNVR - 01 May 1943


Choate, John James Joseph, Lt, RCNVR - 29 Jan 1945

Handy, Blake Herbert, Surg/Lt, RCNVR - 16 Apr 1944


Inman, William Robert, Lt, RCNVR - 31 Jul 1943


Lamar, Frederick Harry, Lt, RCNVR - 11 Mar 1944


Langlais, Pierre Henri Claude, Slt, RCNVR - 05 Feb 1945

Nicholson, Jim


Sinclair, William Robert, Lt, RCNVR - Jan 1945


Welch, Arnold Philip, Lt, RCNVR - 28 May 1945


Williams, Stafford Manning, Lt, RCNVR - 15 Jul 1943



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