For Posterity's Sake         

A Royal Canadian Navy Historical Project

HMCS NEW WESTMINSTER K228

Then Merchant Vessel ELISA (1950)

Then Merchant Vessel PORTOVIEJO (1952)

Then Bahamian Merchant Vessel AZURA / AZUA?? (1954)

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.

 

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

 

 

 

 

M-N

Martin, Thomas William

1921-2010

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

W-X

Wilson, Joseph Frank

1922-2012

Woodhouse, William B.

19252-2015

 

 

 

 

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

 

Grant, Kenneth Edward, Lt, RCNVR - 15 Feb 1944

 

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

 

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