For Posterity's Sake
A Royal Canadian Navy Historical Project
HMCS NEW WATERFORD K321 / 304
Built at Esquimalt, she was commissioned on 21 Jan 1944, at Victoria. She arrived at Halifax on 09 Mar 1944 and in Bermuda on 22 Apr 1944 to work up. Returning to Halifax, she was assigned to EG 6 as a replacement for the damaged HMCS Teme. On 16 Oct 1944, while EG 6 was on A/S patrol south of the Faeroes, HMCS Annan engaged and sank U-1006.
The following is from New Waterford's Radar Operator, Lawrence Restall. "After depth charges were dropped, the sub surfaced and opened fire. Now evening. We fired star shells and 20mm guns with red tracers. The sub used green tracers. Eight men injured on HMCS Annan. 46 survivors picked up from sub, many injured including the u-boat's commanding officer who was brought to our ship for medical treatment. I had the opportunity to speak with the CO of the U-boat. He told me that he had the ship in the crosshairs, just aft of the pendant number and was about to fire a torpedo when another ship (HMCS Annan) came out of the fog and forced him to dive. I replied that I was glad he didn't fire as I was in my bunk at the time and it was in that area."
New Waterford remained with EG 6 until the end of the European war, detached for short periods to Portsmouth and Plymouth, and in Apr 1945, returned home for tropicalization refit at Liverpool, N.S. This was completed in Nov 1945, and New Waterford left in Jan 1946, for the west coast, where she was paid off to reserve at Esquimalt on 07 Mar 1946. Briefly re-commissioned in 1953, she later underwent conversion to a Prestonian class ocean escort, commissioning as such on 31 Jan 1958. In late 1959 / early 1960 she left Esquimalt for a coast transfer to Halifax. During this coast transfer, she had an unusual cargo - a totem pole carved by BC First nations destined for England. When she arrived in Halifax it was transferred to the gunnery school where it was stored till summer, then transferred to HMCS Kootenay for the voyage to England. During the year 1962 the New Waterford steamed 24,218.3 miles and spent a total of 114 days at sea. It was a full year for one ship-a cruise to Africa, three months in refit at Sydney, Nova Scotia, five weeks of WUPs, anti-submarine exercises off the Nova Scotia coast and· a two-week cruise to Bermuda and Boston. With Christmas and the New Year festivities over, the New Waterford put to sea for a further week of exercises and on January 28 sailed from Halifax as part of the Seventh Escort Squadron, destination Bermuda and Exercise maple Spring '63. She was paid off for the last time on 22 Dec 1966, and broken up the following year at Savona, Italy.
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