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ship's jacket patch

HMCS New Westminster K228


Laid down: 4 Feb 1941

Launched: 14 May 1941

Commissioned: 31 Jan 1942

Paid off: 21 Jun 1945

Fate: Sold in 1947 commercial use. Broken up in 1966


Built at Victoria, she was commissioned there ON 31 Jan 1942, and assigned to Esquimalt Force until the threat of Japanese invasion had abated. Ordered to Halifax to release an east-coast corvette for Operation "Torch" service, she arrived there on 13 Oct 1942, a month after leaving Esquimalt. Assigned to WLEF, she operated on the "triangle run" until May 1943, when she began a major refit at Sydney. This refit included fo'c's'le extension and was not completed until 10 Dec 1943. The ship was then made a part of EG C-5, and in Jul 1944, sailed with HXS.300, the largest convoy of the war. She left Londonderry on 14 Dec 1944, for the last time, returning home to refit at Saint John until early Mar 1945. Allocated to Sydney Force until the end of hostilities, she was paid off at Sorel on 21 Jun 1945, and in 1947 sold for commercial purposes - became the mercantile Elisa in 1950; Portoviejo in 1952 and Azura in 1954. Sold in 1966 for breaking up at Tampa, Florida, U.S.A.


Photos and Documents


Commanding Officers

A/LCdr Ronald Orr McKenzie, RCNR - 31 Jan 1942 - 21 Jun 1945


     In memory of those who have crossed the bar    

They shall not be forgotten


Biddle, George







Curry, Walter







Fisher, C.Fred







Grant, Kenneth Edward


Drafted to New Westminster 15 Feb 1944 as a Lt, RCNVR






Martin, Thomas William







Rowsell, H. Roy


Dafted to HMCS New Westminster on 12 Jun 1944 as Lt, RCNVR






Sandel, Paul


Sullivan, Francis G.






Wilson, Joseph Frank


Woodhouse, William B.






Former Crew Members

Cass, Ronald William, Slt (El) (R), RCNVR - 01 Apr 1944


Frost, Stacey George, Slt, RCNR - 31 Jan 1942


Goodwich, Bas - Dec 1940


Gray, Frederick Edward , Slt, RCNVR - 31 Jan 1942

Hewat, Donald Brock, Lt, RCNVR - Jan 1944


Lang, Hector Craig, Lt, RCNVR - 09 May 1944


McCombe, William, Mate, Slt, RCNR - 31 Jan 1942


Millson, George Dewitt, Lt, RCNVR - Jan 1944


Smith, Harry Douglas, Lt, RCNVR - Jan 1945

Somerville, Richard Arnold, Slt, RCNVR - 19 Feb 1945


Stevens, Andrew Kingsmill, Lt, RCNVR - 23 May 1942


Whynot, George Keith, Slt, RCNVR - 31 Jan 1942 / 08 Jun 1942


Ythell, Randal Kenneth, Lt, RCNVR - 19 Feb 1945


Photos and Documents (below)


HMCS New Westminster K228

Source: Flickr photo collection of Ron Bell

HMCS New Westminster's jacket patch


This is a photo of an original patch in the collection of RCSCC Fraser


Courtesy of Ben Whiting

Proclamation presenting the ship's bell of HMCS New Westminster to the city of New Westminster


Courtesy of Ben Whiting

The bell of HMCS New Westminster K228 on display at the City of New Westminster Archives


Click here to read the post-war history of the New Westminster's bell


Courtesy of Robert Park

HMCS New Westminister K228

HMCS Miramichi J169

From the collection of George Huntbatch

Courtesy of Ross Huntbatch