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Source: Flickr photo collection of Ron Bell

HMCS Napanee K118

RCN photo


Laid down: 20 Mar 1940

Launched: 30 Aug 1940

Commissioned: 12 May 1941

Paid off: 12 Jul 1945

Fate: Sold to Steel Co. of Canada, Hamilton, Ont., in Jun 1946 and broken up in the same year.


Commissioned at Montreal on 12 May 1941, Napanee arrived at Halifax on 17 May 1941. She was assigned initially to Sydney Force but transferred in Sep 1941 to Newfoundland Command, leaving Sydney for Iceland with convoy SC.47 on 29 Sep 1941. She served on that route until Jan 1942, when she sailed with SC.65, the first of many "Newfie-Derry" convoys she would escort until Aug 1944. The worst of them was ONS.154, which lost 14 ships in Dec 1942, but Napanee assisted in sinking one of its attackers, U 356, on 27 Dec 1942. In Mar 1943, she made a side trip to Gibraltar with EG  C-1, which she had joined in Sep 1942. She arrived at Montreal 22 May 1943, for a five-month refit, including fo'c's'le extension, afterward working up at Pictou and joining EG C-3. She left 'Derry for the last time on 03 Aug 1944, refitted again at Pictou, then carried out three weeks' workup in Bermuda. On her return she joined EG W-2, on the "triangle run" until the end of the war. Paid off 12 Jul 1945, at Sorell, she was broken up at Hamilton in 1946.


Commanding Officers

LCdr Andrew Hedley Dobson, RCNR - 12 May 1941 - 08 Dec 1941

Lt Stuart Henderson, RCNR - 09 Dec 1941 - 02 Jun 1944

A/LCdr George Alvin Powell, RCNVR - 03 Jun 1944 - 12 Jul 1945


     In memory of those who have crossed the bar    

They shall not be forgotten


Baird, Lorne Austen


Bakody, Howard


Served in Napanee as an Engineroom watch keeper





Campbell, Percival


Chisholm, Roderick Thomas


Constable, H.T.


Dawson, Cyril George Stewart


Drafted to Napanee 27 Mar 1943 as Lt, RCNVR



Goodfellow, Philip Foster


Drafted to Napanee 11 Nov 1942 as Slt, RCNVR. Served in Napanee as the Sonar Officer

Grozdanich, George Harold


Hatch, Henry Clifford


Henderson, Stuart


2nd Commanding Officer

Hulley, Kenneth



Jamieson, Harold Thomas


Jones, Harry Harrison






Lundquist, Clarence Leonard







Patterson, Malcolm Allison


Powell, George Alvin.


 Drafted to Napanee on 11 Jun 1943 as Lt, RCNVR.

3rd Commanding Officer





Rayment, Douglas A.


Served in Napanee as a Coder






Vincent, Eldon Gilbert

see HMCS Shawinigan

Vincent, Wesley






Wood, Robert Lorne







U-Boats Sunk

U-356 sunk on 27 Dec 1942 by HMCS St. Laurent H83, HMCS Chilliwack K131, HMCS Battleford K165, HMCS Napanee K118 and HMCS Saint John K456 in position 45-30 N, 25-40 W

U-163 (Korvkpt Kurt-Eduard Engelmann) a type IXC U-boat, on 13 Mar 1943 by HMCS Napanee K118 and HMCS Prescott K161 in the Bay of Biscay. Of her crew of 57 there were no survivors.


Former Crew Members

Angus, Richard Henry, Lt, RCNVR - 12 May 1941


Birch, Trevor, Electrical Artificer, RCNVR


Blachford, Robert Oswald, Slt, RCNVR - 30 Mar 1942


Caldwell, Sig


Clark, Kenneth Dawson, Slt, RCNVR - 30 Jul 1943


Davies, L/Sig


Dobson, Andre Hedley, LCdr, RCNR - 10 Mar 1941 (Stand by) / 12 May 1941


Evans, Coder


Gillis, L., Tel

Grant, Kenneth Edward, Slt, RCNVR - 12 May 1941


Guest, Kenneth Tufts, Slt, RCNVR - 25 Feb 1942


Hotte, Ronald, Sig


Jordan, L/Coder


Lee, Denis David, Slt, RCNVR - 26 Jul 1943


Lewis, Richard Paul Travers, Mate, RCNR - 12 May 1941


Lindsey, Gordon John, Slt, RCNVR - 26 May 1942 / Lt, RCNVR - 26 May 1943


Lumley, William M., Coder - 1943-1945 

Martin, Bob, L/Tel


Masion, Sig


Miller, Robert Dean, Lt, RCNVR - 29 Jan 1945


Mills, Timothy Stuart, Lt, RCNVR - 03 Jun 1944


Owen, Connolly, Sig


Potter, Jerry, Tel, RCN


Shorthill, William Walker, Slt, RCNVR - Jan 1945


Taylor, Frederick Jamieson, A/Lt, RCNVR - Jan 1945


Taylor, Lt, Signals Officer


Photos and Documents



Battle for Convoy BX-141

Battle for Convoy ONS-154

Personal gallery of Stuart Henderson

Ship's company photos for HMCS Napanee

The Battle for ONS 154