River Class / Prestonian Class Frigate




DND/RCN photo

From the collection of Ross M. Hanbury

Courtesy of Eric Hanbury

Click on the above photo to view a larger image


(When I Sing Take Heed)


Battle honours and awards:  Atlantic  1944-45



Laid down: 02 Dec 1942

Launched: 05 May 1943

Commissioned: 22 Dec 1943

Paid off: 05 Nov 1945

Re-commissioned: 30 Jan 1954

Paid off: 30 Jan 1967

Fate: Broken up in 1967


Commissioned on 23 Dec 1943, Yarrows Ltd., at Esquimalt, NEW GLASGOW arrived at Halifax on 17 Feb 1944, and then proceeded to Bermuda to work up. On her return late in Apr 1944 she joined EG C-1. She left St. John's with her first convoy, HXS.291, on 15 May 1944, and for the next five months was steadily employed on convoy duty. Late in Sep 1944 she was allocated to EG 26, then forming at Londonderry, and for the remainder oft he European war served in U.K. waters, based for short periods at Portsmouth and at Plymouth early in 1945. On 21 Mar 1945, she rammed the fatally damaged U 1003 off Lough Foyle, and was herself laid up for repairs at Rosyth until 05 Jun 1945. She then proceeded via Londonderry to Halifax and thence to Shelburne, where she was paid off to reserve on 05 Nov 1945. 


U-Boats Sunk:  U-1003 (Oblt Werner Struebing) a type VIIC/41 U-boat, sunk on 20 Mar 1945 by HMCS NEW GLASGOW K320 (by ramming) in position 55-25 N, 06-53 W.  EG 26 sailed from Londonderry enroute to Loch Alsh for training. After the group passed the Foyle buoy it, formed up, a mile apart & zigzagging independently, making about fourteen knots with CAT gear streamed. A periscope & schnorkel were visible on NEW GLASGOW's port bow, action station were sounded & a shallow depth-charge pattern was ordered however, it was too late. The U-boat struck NEW GLASGOW just below the bridge. Subsequent searches by EG 26; C-4 & EG 25 failed to reveal U-1003. Just before dawn on 22 Mar U-1003 surfaced & after forcing open the conning tower hatch, the following damage was noted, the bridge was wrecked, railing & fairing were smashed in, periscope & schnorkel were buckled, radar & search receivers were torn away, & one of the 20-mm anti-aircraft guns were dismounted. Another radar search receiver was mounted on the bridge, & after about a half an hour of ventilating, battery charging, & pumping out water, radar contact forced U-1003 to bottom in 260 feet of water. The dive revealed the conning tower hatch was no longer watertight. U-1003 then lay on the bottom for twenty hours, surfaced & scuttled with the crew taking to life rafts. About 6hrs after she scuttled HMCS Thetford Mines K459 while enroute to Londonderry for repairs, spotted a cluster of yellow life rafts 16 miles northwest of Innistrahull. They contained 33 survivors of the original crew of 49. Two crewmen died enroute to Londonderry & the remaining 31 were landed in Northern Ireland. HMCS NEW GLASGOW was awarded the sinking of U-1003 at 55-25N, 06-53W. (Source: RCN News Magazine)


Rebuilt in the long interval as a Prestonian class ocean escort, she was re-commissioned on 30 Jan 1954 as served as a training vessel the remainder of her career.


In 1954-55 NEW GLASGOW played the lead role in the movie Sea Chase, co-staring with John Wayne and Lana Turner.  NEW GLASGOW played the fictional ship HMAS ROCKHAMPTON in this 1955 drama. The plot is a nautical cat and mouse adventure, with Wayne determined to get his freighter home to Germany during the opening months of World War II, chased relentlessly across the Pacific then Atlantic oceans by Australian then British navies.


1966-1967 - HMCS STE THERESE and HMCS NEW GLASGOW WERE tied up at Seward Defence Jetty. The equipment from both ships was being moth balled and stored ashore before they were anchored in harbour in the Black Squadron.


NEW GLASGOW was paid off 30 Jan 1967 at Esquimalt. She was broken up in Japan that year.



Photos and Documents          Ship's company photos          The Ship's Bell


The collision between HMCS NEW GLASGOW and U-1003



Commanding Officers


LCdr George Stanley Hall, RCNR - 23 Dec 1943 - 23 Jul 1944

LCdr Thomas MacDuff, RCNR - 24 Jul 1944 - 29 Aug 1944

LCdr Ross Malcolm Hanbury, RCNVR - 30 Aug 1944 - 28 Mar 1945

A/LCdr Eric Theodore Pate Wennberg, RCNVR - 29 Mar 1945 - 31 Jul 1945

Lt H.M. Palmer, RCNVR - 01 Aug 1945 - 01 Nov 1945

A/LCdr John Crispo Leckie Annesley - 1946

Cdr Georges Albert LaRue, RCN - 30 Jan 1954 - 27 Mar 1955

LCdr Benjamin Charles Hamilton, RCN - 28 Mar 1955 - 22 May 1956

LCdr John William Brooks Buckingham, RCN - 23 May 1956 - 15 Nov 1957

LCdr Aubrey Ravening Pickels, RCN - 05 May 1958 - 06 Jan 1960

LCdr Ian Alexander Macpherson, RCN - 07 Jan 1960 - 13 Aug 1961

LCdr J.G. Mills, RCN - 14 Aug 1961 - 03 Mar 1963

LCdr John Summer Hertzberg, RCN - 04 Mar 1963 - 21 Apr 1964

LCdr Orfeur John Alan Cavenagh, RCN - 22 Apr 1964 - 03 Aug 1965

LCdr J.I.B. Donald, RCN - 04 Aug 1965 - 24 Oct 1965

Lt S.W. Riddell, RCN - 25 Oct 1964 - 09 Dec 1965

LCdr William Ronald Vallevand, RCN - 10 Dec 1965 - 16 Jan 1966

LCdr Pierre Edouard Gerard Simard, RCN - 17 Jan 1966 - 01 May 1966

LCdr William Ronald Vallevand, RCN - 02 May 1966 - 08 May 1966

LCdr Thomas Arthur Irvine, RCN - 09 May 1966 - 11 Sep 1966

LCdr Pierre Edouard Gerard Simard, RCN - 12 Sep 1966 - 30 Jan 1967 (OIC)



     In memory of those who have crossed the bar    

They shall not be forgotten



























Irvine, Thomas A.



































Volker, William G.










Former Crew Members


Brower-Berkhoven, Isaac - Served in NEW GLASGOW 315


De'Ath, Arhtur - served in NEW GLASGOW post Korean war 


Hughes, Cyril


Humphries, William George, Wt (E), RCNR - 07 Jul 1943


Paries, Emil T., AB.RP

Patterson, Shirley Gordon, SLt, RCNVR - 19 Feb 1944


Saunders, Edwin Heath, Lt, RCNVR - 24 Feb 1944


Walsh, Thomas Richard, Lt (E), RCNVR


Wylde, Edmund Wynter, Surg Lt, RCNVR - 27 Jul 1944



Photos and Documents


Article on HMCS NEW GLASGOW sinking U-1003

The Vancouver Sun - date unknown

From the collection of Ross M. Hanbury

Courtesy of Eric Hanbury


Crew mentioned in the article - LCdr Ross Hanbury of Vancouver;  Lt Angus Carmichael; William Maynard of Vernon; Chief Stoker Alex MacPherson; Chief Engineer Alfred Howells; Gunner PO Jim Brahn, New Westminster; Gunner Jack MacPherson, New Westminster; LS William Benay

Gun crew of HMCS NEW GLASGOW 1944

Photographer WO Kenneth Maclean

Photo source: Canada. Dept. of National Defence / Library and Archives Canada / PA-139912

Crew members from HMCS NEW GLASGOW with John Wayne

Courtesy of Dave Clarke




Two pages from an autograph book of a New Glasgow, NS resident which has signatures from 2 sailors from HMCS NEW GLASGOW K320


The 2 autographs are:  Jack S. MacPherson of 226 Regina St, New Westminster, BC




Ron Baldwin, 1012 East 57th Ave, Vancouver, BC


Courtesy of Hugh Muir


HMCS NEW GLASGOW 315 post-1949

Courtesy of the CFB Esquimalt Naval and Military Museum


Line handling on HMCS NEW GLASGOW K320, 1945

Courtesy of the CFB Esquimalt Naval and Military Museum


From the collection of Glendon Oliver

Courtesy of Keith Oliver

HMCS NEW GLASGOW K320 (lead ship)

From the collection of Glendon Oliver

Courtesy of Keith Oliver

Newspaper article on the collision between HMCS Beacon Hill 303 and HMCS NEW GLASGOW 315 off Hawaii - year unknown

From the collection of Gordon Arnold (Art) Broster

Courtesy of Cathy Robinson

Name plate for HMCS NEW GLASGOW at the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 34, NEW GLASGOW, NS

Courtesy of Hugh Muir

Sketch of HMCS NEW GLASGOW 315 leaving Sydney, Australia, Spring 1961 by Edward Goodall

Courtesy of Robert Berbeck

HMCS NEW GLASGOW 315 - undated


Source: For Posterity's Sake

HMCS NEW GLASGOW - 31 Mar 1957

Photographer: Walter E. Frost.

Photo from City of Vancouver Archives

HMCS NEW GLASGOW 315 - undated


DND / RCN photo

HMCS NEW GLASGOW 315 - undated


DND / RCN photo

Christmas card




Courtesy of Hugh Muir





(JM188) HMCS NEW GLASGOW Christmas Card



From the collection of C1CK John McGowan, RCN

Courtesy of Taryn McGowan