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HMCS NEW WESTMINSTER K228

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

A-B

Biddle, George

1926-2006

 

 

 

 

C-D

Curry, Walter

1918-2017

 

 

 

 

E-F

Fisher, C.Fred

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G-H

Grant, Kenneth Edward

1916-1963

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

Hodgkins, Frederick William

1922-2017

 

 

 

M-N

Martin, Thomas William

1921-2010

McCuaig, Eric Alexander D.

1920-2015

 

 

 

Q-R

Rowsell, H. Roy

1920-2013

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

 

 

 

 

S-T

Sandel, Paul

1921-2002

Sullivan, Francis G.

1926-2017

Trotter, Hector Sutherland

____-1992

Drafted to New Westminster 02 Dec 1943 as a Lt, RCNVR

 

 

W-X

Wilson, Joseph Frank

1922-2012

Woodhouse, William B.

19252-2015

 

 

 

Ship's Mascots

Nig

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

HMCS New Westminster K228

Source: Flickr photo collection of Ron Bell

 

These photos are from the collection of Hector Trotter while he served in HMCS New Westminster from Dec 1943 to circa May / Jun 1945..  They have been sorted by developer numbers on the backs of the photos along with any information written on the photos by Hector Trotter.  There is no guarantee the photos are properly sequenced.

 

Photos 1 through 10 - misc. photos dated Jan 1944

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(1) Gunshield art on HMCS New Westminster K228 - 06 Jan 1944  (2-4) HMCS New Westminster (foreground) and cable ship Lord Kelvin  (5 & 6) Flying fish found on bridge of HMCS new Westminster  (7) HMCS New Westminster  (8) St. Pierre Harbour

 


 

Photos 9 through 27 - Work Ups (WUPS), St Margaret's Bay, NS - Jan 1944

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(9-12) unknown corvette  (13-15) HMCS Owen Sound K340  (16) unknown frigate  (17-24) Royal Navy submarine HMS P554 - Note: HMS P554 was based at Halifax for anti-submarine training  (25) ship's whaler under sail - minesweeper and frigate in background  (26) ship's tied up at buoys  (27) HMCS Cape Breton K350

 


 

Photos 28 through 31 - Undated photos - taken sometime after rocket launchers installed on forward gun

 

 

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(28) HMCS New Westminster fires the Hedgehog  (29-31) HMS New Westminster at a trot buoy. Note rocket launchers on side of 4" gun mount and gun shield art now painted over

 


 

Photos 32 through 59 - Officers and ratings of HMCS New Westminster K228 - 1944

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(32 & 33) Lt Ronald (Ron) McKenzie, Commanding officer  (34 & 35) "Mac and Hec Lang" - Lt Ron McKenzie and Lt Hector Lang  (36 - 39) Lt Hector Lang

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(40) Lt David A. "Sandy" Sim, XO  (41 & 42) Lt George D. Millson - Feb 1944  (43) SLt William A. "Bill" Young on watch  (44) Jack Holmes of Victoria, BC  (45) Yeoman A.W. Moore  (6) Lt Ronald Cass - Electrical Lieutenant /Group Radar Officer.  Note: Lt Cass was serving in HMCS Dunver at this time. As group Elect/Radar officer he would have been on the ships of the EG at various times.  (47) Lt Campbell E. Cork, MBE, from Toronto, ON. Passenger on HMCS New Westminster - 1944

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(48-52) Lt William Arthur "Bill" Young - May 1944  (53 & 54) Lt Roy Rowsell  (55) Able Seaman L. Hatch

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(56) N. Paris of Ottawa, ON  (57) Sig Brown of Montreal, QC  (58) L/Tel using TBY set  (59) Unknown Sig on signal lamp

 


 

Photos 60 through - 80 - Convoy SC.153 - Halifax to Liverpool - 13 Feb 1944 - 02 Mar 1944

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(60 - 64) HMCS New Westminster conducting stern fueling in convoy - Feb 1944  (65-67) ships of convoy SC.153

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(68 & 69) ships of convoy SC.153  (70-74) LSTs in convoy SC.153. There were 13 LSTs in this convoy.  (75) Merchant Aircraft Carrier (MAC) in convoy SC.153

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Convoy with MAC

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Mac and Swordfish circling

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unknown merchantman

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(76) MAC in convoy SC.153  (77) Swordfish flying near MAC  (78) unknown merchant ship  (79) HMCS New Westminster fueling from unknown oiler  (80) HMCS New Westminster fueling at sea from unknown oiler.

     

Webmaster's note:  The above photos were group by the developer's batch number on the back of the photos.  Note that in photos 60 to 62 New Westminster does not yet have her rocket launchers on the side of the gun mount - but in photos 79 and 80 - her rocket launchers are visible. The oiler in both these photos are different from photos 60-64..  It is possible that photos 79 and 80 are from a later convoy.

 


 

Convoy ONS.31 - Liverpool to Halifax - 13 Mar 1944 - 30 Mar 1944 

 

 

 

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(81) HMCS Dauphin K157 in convoy ONS.31

 


 

Photos 82 through 93 - Convoy HX.285 - NYC to Liverpool 28 Mar 1944 - 12 Apr 1944

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(82) Norwegian oiler Kaia Knudsen  - convoy escort oiler  (83-85) HMCS New Westminster fueling from Kaia Knudsen  (86-90) ships of Convoy HX.285, Eastbound - Apr 1944  (92 & 92) Oiler Kaia Knudsen  (93) Unknown merchantman

 


 

Photos 94 through 115 - Either the end of Convoy HX.285 or beginning of ON.233

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Unknown corve

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(94 & 95) HMCS Ottawa H31, HMCS Dunver K03 and HMCS Rosthern K169 outside Loch Foyle  (96) Convoy escorts entering Loch Foyle astern of HMCS New Westminster  (97) Unknown vessel, Loch Foyle  (98) US destroyer and HMCS Summerside K141 (right) off Loch Foyle  (99) US destroyer off Loch Foyle  (100) unknown corvette  (101) Loch Foyle

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(102) HMCS New Westminster - choppy day at sea  (103 & 104) Captain Mckenzie, Lt SIm and Lt Millson on Bridge of HMCS New Westminster  (105-107) HMCS Dunver K03  (108) HMCS Dunver K03 and HMCS Rosthern K169  (109) HMCS Dauphin K157

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 (110-113) Loch Ewe, Scotland  (114&115) Dungaree Point Lighthouse, Co. Donegal, Ireland

Webmaster's note: The above photos were annotated April 1944 - but no indication of which convoy - JX.285 or O.233. As both convoys were at sea during some point in Apr 1944, they could be from either convoy.

 


 

"Nig" - Mascot of HMCS New Westminster K228 - Apr 1944

 

 

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Photos 120 - 122 - Convoy ON.233 - Liverpool to NYC 20 Apr 1944 - 08 May 1944

 

 

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(120 & 121) Iceberg on Grand Banks of Newfoundland - Apr 1944  (122) Convoy On.233 - Westbound - Apr 1944

 


 

Photos 123 through 146 - Escort Group C5 (EG.C5) - dated 1944

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(123) EG.C5 proceeding to sea  (124 & 125) Air/Sea rescue craft in the Foyle River  (126 & 127) Escort carrier in North Channel  (128) Unknown corvette  (129) unknown corvette with merchantman

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(130 & 131) HMCS Hespeler K489 EG.C5  (132-134) HMCS Dauphin K157 EG.C5  (135) HMCS Dauphin K157 fueling at sea. EG.C5  (136) unknown merchantman

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(137-140) HMCS Dunver K03. S.O. EG.C5  (141) crew on fo'c's'le of HMCS New Westminster - exercise at sea  (142 & 143) HMCS New Westminster readying to drop a depth charge

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(144 - 146) Depth charge, dropped by HMCS New Westminster, exploding

Webmaster's note:  This batch of photos was dated 1944 with no indication of month or convoy.  HMCS Hespeler K489 joined EG C5 in Apr 1944 and her first convoy was ON.233 - departing Liverpool on 23 Apr 1944.  It is not known if these photos are from that convoy or a later convoy.

 


 

Photos 147 through 162 - Convoy HX.290 - NYC to Liverpool 05 - 19 May 1944

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(147-149) HMCS New Westminster K228 fueling from Norwegian oiler Bralanta - May 1944  (150 & 51) MAC Empire MacAndrew - May 1944  (152) Macs in Convoy. One of the MACs is USS Amastra  (153) HMCS new Westminster's whaler, mid-ocean - May 1944  (154) US merchantman Sea Serpent - May 1944

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(155 & 156) US merchantman Sea Serpent - May 1944  (157) Unknown merchantman  (158 & 159) Empire Heritage - May 1944.  Historical note: Empire Heritage was sunk 08 Sep 1944 with a loss of 112 crew and passengers  (160) Merchantman Coptic. Convoy Commodore for HX.290 embarked - May 1944  (161 & 162) Liberty ship - May 1944

 


 

Photo 163 through 177 - Convoy HX.290 or Convoy ON.238

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(163) Culmore Point Light at the mouth of the Foyle River, Ireland  (164 & 165) River Foyle - May 1944  (166) Unknown ship in the River Foyle.  The back of the photo says HMCS Skeena, but the ship in the photo is not HMCS Skeena.  (167 & 169) Swordfish from MAC flying over convoy  (170) MAC with Swordfish ranged aft

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(171) Swordfish taking off from MAC  (172) Convoy - May 1944  (173-174) MAC - May 1944  (175) Convoy - May 1944  (176) Co on fo'c's'le of HMCS New Westminster - May 1944

 

Webmaster's note.  The above photos were in the same batch of photos labeled Convoy HX.290 and Convoy ON.238.  These photos were labeled May 1944 with no indication of which convoy. As both convoys were at sea during some point in May 1944, they could be from either convoy.

 


 

Convoy ON.238 - Liverpool to NYC - 26 May 1944 - 09 Jun 1944

 

 

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(178) Swordfish taking off MAC - May 1944  (179) Convoy ON.238  (180) Swordfish from MAC flying over Convoy ON.238  (181) Swordfish landing on MAC - May 1944

 

Webmaster's note:  MACs listed in Convoy ON.238 were EMPIRE MACCOLL, EMPIRE MACKAY, EMPIRE MACRAE

 


Photo 181 - 184 - Misc photos - 1944

 

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(181 & 182) MAC - 1944 - no indication of month or convoy  (183 & 184) HMCS Huntsville K499

 

Webmaster's note:  HMCS Hunstville K499 joined EG.C5 in Aug 1944

 


 

Photos 185 - 192 - Bermuda during sea Work-Ups - Feb 1945

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(185) Dermot Moleska & Hector Trotter - St George's, Bermuda - Feb 1945  (165) Unknown sailor and Hector Trotter - St George's, Bermuda - Feb 1945  (187-191) A beach at Bermuda. Note: likely at or near St. Georges.  (192) Hector Trotter ashore in Bermuda

 

From the collection of Hector Trotter

Courtesy of Colin Trotter

 

HMCS New Westminster 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

 

 

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