For Posterity's Sake         

A Royal Canadian Navy Historical Project

HMCS NANAIMO K101

Then Dutch Whale-Catcher RENE W. VINKE (1953)

HMCS Nanaimo K101

Source: Ships and Harbours Photos / Lorne Norman

 

Battle honours and awards:  Atlantic  1941-44,   Gulf of St. Lawrence  1944

 

 

Laid down: 27 Apr 1940

Launched: 28 Oct 1940

Commissioned: 26 Apr 1941

Paid off: 28 Sep 1945

Fate: Sold for commercial use in 1953. Broken up in 1966

 

Commissioned at Esquimalt on 26 Apr 1941, Nanaimo arrived at Halifax on 27 Jun 1941 and for the next three months carried out local duties. In Oct 1941 she was assigned to Newfoundland Command, leaving Halifax on 11 Oct 1941 to join convoy SC.49 for Iceland, her first trip as an ocean escort. After three round trips to Iceland, she escorted SC.68 to Londonderry in Feb 1942. Her return trip with ON.68 was to be her last Atlantic crossing, for in Mar 1942 she was reassigned to WLEF. With the formation of escort groups in Jun 1943, she became a member of EG W-9, transferring to W-7 in Apr 1944. In Nov 1944, she was allocated to Pacific Coast Command, arriving at Esquimalt on 07 Dec 1944. There she underwent a refit that lasted until 21 Feb 1945 but left her one of the few corvettes to survive the war with a short fo'c's'le. She was paid off for disposal at Esquimalt on 28 Sep 1945, and subsequently sold for mercantile use. Converted to a whale-catcher at Kiel in 1953, she entered service as the Dutch-flag Rene W. Vinke, finally being broken up in South Africa in 1966.

 

Commanding Officers

LCdr Hugh Charles Campbell Daubney, RCNR - 26 Apr 1941 - 07 Oct 1941

Lt Thomas James Bellas, RCNR - 08 Oct 1941 - 20 Aug 1942

Lt E.U. Jones, RCNR - 21 Aug 1942 - 10 Oct 1943

Lt J.E. Hastings, RCNR - 11 Oct 1943 - 09 Oct 1944

Lt Reginald Curren Eaton, RCNVR - 10 Oct 1944 - 02 Mar 1945

LCdr Walter Redford, RCNR - 23 Mar 1945 - 28 Sep 1945

 

     In memory of those who made the ultimate sacrifice    

     Lest We Forget     

 

- Book of Remembrance entry     - Grave or burial information

HOOPER, Frederick

OS, V/23338, RCNVR

died - 30 Oct 1942 

HORNE, Leslie

AB, V/9632, RCNVR

MPK - 16 Jun 1942 

WALKLEY, John Molson

Lt, RCNVR

MPK - 16 Jun 1942 

 

     In memory of those who have crossed the bar    

They shall not be forgotten

A-B

Berthelet, Alfred Zebriski

1920-2008

 

 

 

 

E-F

Ferguson, William Irwin

1913-1993

 

 

 

 

G-H

Hulbert, John Adrian

____-2012

 

 

 

 

K-L

Lowe, James Edward

1920-1995

 

 

 

 

M-N

McNevin, Sydney Raymond

1922-2012

 

 

 

 

S-T

Sunnus, Cyril Anthony

1924-2002

 

 

 

 

 

Former Crew Members

Bridgman, Montague Arthur Weaver, Lt, RCNVR - 26 Apr 1941

 

Curran, James Maurice, Lt, RCNVR - 18 Mar 1944

 

Fletcher, Duncan Arthur, Slt, RCNVR - 26 Jul 1943

 

Fowler, William Horace, Lt, RCNVR - 21 Jun 1943

 

Garven, Alexander Smith, Lt, RCNVR - 22 Jul 1943

 

Harvey, William Grant, Slt, RCNVR - 24 Jun 1942

Hodgkins, Arthur Moulton Heathcote, Lt, RCNVR - 19 Apr 1942

 

Humphries, James Gordon, Lt, RCNVR - 04 Jun 1944

 

Hunter, Roderick Oliver, Slt, RCNVR - Jan 1943

 

Jones, William James, Lt, RCNR - Jan 1944

 

Kightly, Arthur Victor, Mate, RCNR - 26 Apr 1941

 

Lefebvre, Pierre Adolphe, Lt, RCNVR - 02 May 1945

Lillis, Albert Melville, Slt, RCNR - Jan 1944

 

Lort, Roger Anthony Hutton, Slt, RCNVR - 26 Apr 1941

 

Ostler, William Leonard, Lt, RCNVR - 22 Mar 1943

 

Turner, John Hyde (Haig??), Lt, RCNVR - 20 Mar 1944 / 02 May 1945

 

Walkley, John Molson, Lt, RCNVR - 02 Feb 1942

 

Links

Personal photo gallery of James Lowe

 

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