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HMCS NEW WATERFORD K321 / 304

 

HMCS New Waterford

K321 jacket crest

HMCS New Waterford K321, as seen from the deck of the Royal Navy escort carrier HMS Fencer D64.

Source: Imperial War Museum, Admiralty Official Collection, A26130.

Photographer: Mason, H.A. (Lt)

Click on the above photo to see a larger image

Post wartime badge

 

Battle honours and awards:  Atlantic  1944

 

 

Laid down: 17 Feb 1943

Launched: 03 Jul 1943

Commissioned: 21 Jan 1944

Paid off: 07 Mar 1946

Re-commissioned: 31 Jan 1958

Paid off: 02 Dec 1966

Fate: Broken up in 1967

 

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 andĚ 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.

 

Commanding Officers

A/LCdr Eric Rigby Shaw, RCNR - 21 Jan 1944 - 23 Mar 1944

A/Cdr William Edward Slade Briggs, DSC, RCNR - 24 Mar 1944 - unk

Lt Blyth Alexander Mitchell, RCNR - 09 Jun 1944 - unk

LCdr J.M. Leeming, RCNVR - 12 Nov 1945 - unk

Lt John Charles Payne, RCN - 09 Jan 1953 - 28 Aug 1953

LCdr Walter Stairs Blandy, RCN - 31 Jan 1958 - 26 Oct 1958

LCdr L. Butters, RCN - 27 Oct 1958 - 17 Dec 1959

LCdr F. Lubin, RCN - 18 Dec 1959 - 14 Jan 1960

LCdr Christopher Gratrix Pratt, RCN - 15 Jan 1960 - 22 Jun 1961

LCdr John Hilton Wilkes, RCN - 23 Jun 1961 - 09 Oct 1962

LCdr R.C. Brown, RCN - 10 Oct 1962 - 28 Jun 1964

LCdr Neil St. Clair Norton, RCN - 29 Jun 1964 - 31 Oct 1965

unknown - 01 Nov 1965 - 15 May 1966

LCdr Nigel David Scott-Moncrieff, RCN - 16 May 1966 - 22 Dec 1966

 

     In memory of those who made the ultimate sacrifice    

     Lest We Forget     

 

- Book of Remembrance entry     - Grave or burial information

JACQUES, Raymond Joseph

OS, 56133-H, RCN

died - 01 Aug 1964 

LEWIS, John Ceredig Lloyd

Paym/Lt, RCNVR

died - 22 Oct 1944   

 

     In memory of those who have crossed the bar    

They shall not be forgotten

A-B

Berryman, Bryan John

____-2014

Blandy, Walter Stairs

1924-2014

 

 

 

C-D

Callaghan, Brian

1934-2013

Callow, Charles William

1917-1993

Served in New Waterford during WW2 as an Electrical Artificer

Colclough, Frederick John

1931-2003

Crossley, Sidney Ross

1920-2008

Cruickshank, Robert Douglas

1927-2014

E-F

Edwards, Gordon Lewis

1931-2011

Fuller, William Richard

1915-2008

 

 

 

G-H

Gallant, Ronald E.

1940-2009

Galpin, Richard Robinson

1915-2007

Drafted to New Waterford 25 Jan 1944 as a Surg/Lt

 

 

 

M-N

Matthews, Douglas Colton

1924-2014

Drafted to New Waterford 30 Jul 1945 as Slt, RCNVR

Moir, Harvey R.

1928-2014

Morrison, William Duff

1919-2017

Served in New Waterford 1944-1945 as a Writer.

Mullett, Cyril

1928-2011

Norton, Neil St. Clair

1928-2010

12th Commanding Officer

Q-R

Restall, Lawrence Alexander

1922-2006

 

 

 

 

S-T

Sawyer, Thomas Anthony

1926-2013

Seabourn, Ernest Frederick

____-2005

Tarves, Terrance John

1921-2007

Tobias, James J.

____-2006

 

 

Former Crew Members

 

Fall 1965 = Crew members in ship's company photo taken on completion of "Ocean IV" Autumn 1965

Anderson, Donald Edward, Slt, RCNVR - 14 May 1945

 

Arnold, P2NS - Fall 1965

 

Bakody, David, RCNR, LSBN, RCNR - 1966 

 

Ballentine, Patrick Blake, Slt, RCNVR - 10 May 1945


Belzile, LSVS - Fall 1965


Benson, ABEM - Fall 1965

 

Berry, Herby, R.A. - 1944-1945


Blue, ABAF - Fall 1965


Branscombe, OSCK - Fall 1965


Brault, ABLM - Fall 1965


Brook, Clive, CMDO - Fall 1965


Brown, P1LT - Fall 1965


Brown, P2ER - Fall 1965


Campbell, P1ER - Fall 1965


Carter, LSNS - Fall 1965


Clarke, Ritchie, Lt - Fall 1965

 

Code, Clark B. - WW II 


Cooper, OSBM - Fall 1965


DeChamplain, OSRP - Fall 1965


Dogherty, LSRP - Fall 1965


Dole, ABWU - Fall 1965


Estabrooks, ABAR - Fall 1965


Farrell, Lou, Lt - Fall 1965


Ferguson, ABVS - Fall 1965

 

Fladgate, David Frederick Gauntlet, Lt, RCNVR - Jan 1944


Forbes, LSWS - Fall 1965


Goodine, OSAR - Fall 1965


Hall, LSAW - Fall 1965


Hamilton, ABAR - Fall 1965


Hancock, P2SW - Fall 1965

 

Hanington, Daniel (Dan) Lionel, Lt, RCNVR - 13 Mar 1944

Hood, P1ER - Fall 1965

 

Horseman, OSRP - Fall 1965


Hubbard, OSRP - Fall 1965


Hynes, OSEM - Fall 1965

 

Johnston, ABSM - Fall 1965

 

King, Ken, ABLM - 1960


Knighton, OSHM - Fall 1965


Latham, P1CM - Fall 1965

 

Lewis, John Ceredig, Paym/Lt, RCNVR - 03 Apr 1944


LeBarron, OSEM - Fall 1965


Mace, Peter, Slt - Fall 1965


Maloney, ABEM - Fall 1965


Marchand, OSBN - Fall 1965


Mason, ABWU - Fall 1965


Mason, Lynn, Slt - Fall 1965


McCausland, P1WS - Fall 1965


McGibbon, ABWS - Fall 1965


McGregor, ABSW - Fall 1965


McKay, LSNS - Fall 1965

 

McKenzie, Norman Lt (E), RCNR - 07 Jul 1943 (Stand by)  / Jan 1944


McLeod, OSRP - Fall 1965


McMullin, P2ER - Fall 1965


McPherson, ABRM - Fall 1965

 

Mitchell, Lt - 1944


Mitchell, PSPW - Fall 1965

 

Newman, George, P2BN - Fall 1965


Niell, LSWU - Fall 1965

 

Orr, Bob, CMDO - Fall 1965


Pimm (?), OSEM - Fall 1965


Pond, P1VS - Fall 1965


Richard, LSCK - Fall 1965

 

Richards, "Doc" - 1944-1945

 

Roed, Botha, Mate, RCNR - Jan 1944


Roy, OSRP - Fall 1965

 

Ruddle-Browne, Herbert William, Lt, RCNR - 24 Mar 1944


Ryan, P2SG - Fall 1965


Shaver, ABRP - Fall 1965

 

Smith, Thomas J (Snuffy) - 1964


Smithson, LSEM - Fall 1965

 

Southam, Gordon Thomas, Lt, RCNVR - 16 Apr 1944


Sovie, P1ER - Fall 1965


Sparkes, OSRP - Fall 1965


Starkey, P2ER - Fall 1965


Stevens, ABCK - Fall 1965


Storey, C2ER - Fall 1965

 

Sweeny, Charles Henry, Lt, RCNVR - Jan 1944


Sweline, LSEM - Fall 1965


Tarry, LSSG - Fall 1965

 

Taylor, James, Lt, RCNVR - Jan 1944

 

Thomson, John Lt (E), RCNVR - Jan 1944


Todd, Fred, Lt - Fall 1965


Twyman, ABWS - Fall 1965


Waal, Eric, Slt - Fall 1965


Wales, P1HT - Fall 1965


Watt, P1ER - Fall 1965

 

Wheelock, Sidney Prince, Lt, RCNVR - Jan 1944 - 1945


Whiteley, Nigel, Lt - Sep 1963 - Jan 1965

 

Wilkins, Neil Merton, Skpr, RCNVR - 13 Mar 1944


Williams, ABAR - Fall 1965


Willis, ABWS - Fall 1965

 

Yoeger, John Sheldon, Lt (S), RCNVR - 13 May 1945


Zwicker, LSEM - Fall 1965

 

 

Photos and Documents

 

RCN Memories

Slow ahead on Port, Sir

 

Links

Personal photo gallery for Charles Callow

Wartime Diary of Charles Callow

 

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