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HMCS NIOBE

HMCS Niobe, Halifax, 1910

 

Launched: 20 Feb 1897

Commissioned: 

Paid off: 

Transferred to RCN: 1910

Commissioned: 06 Sep 1910

Paid off: 06 Sep 1915

Fate: Sold for scrap in 1920. Broken up in Philadelphia in 1922

 

A good deal more imposing than Rainbow, Niobe had served in the RN from 1898 to 1910, one of eight sisters of the Diadem class. She was commissioned in the RCN on 06 Sep 1910, at Devonport, and arrived at Halifax on 21 Oct 1910. Niobe was nearly lost during the night of 30-31 Jul 1911, when she went aground off Cape Sable, necessitating repairs that were not completed until the end of 1912. In the fall of 1914, after the ravages of two years' disuse had been made good, she joined the RN's 4th Cruiser Squadron on contraband patrol off New York. Worn out, she returned to Halifax on 17 Jul 1915, never to put to sea again. With her funnels near collapse and her engines worn out, Niobe was paid off on 06 Sep 1915 and became a depot ship for the rest of the war. On 06 Dec 1917 she was moored 700 yards from the ammunition ship Mont Blanc, which caught fire after a collision with the Belgian relief ship Imo in Halifax harbour. Niobe was the first ship to give the alarm after collision, and Warrant Boatswain Albert Mattison and six ratings left Niobe and boarded the Mont Blanc in an attempt to scuttle her. They all died in the resulting explosion which destroyed much of Halifax. Niobe was extensively damaged in the explosion and her superstructure and funnels were wrecked. Numerous fires were started on board which destroyed the ship's records. Niobe was repaired and continued to serve as a depot ship until 1920 when she was sold for scrap. She was broken up at Philadelphia two years later.

 

Commanding Officers

Cdr W.B. MacDonald, RN - 06 Sep 1910 - unk

LCdr Charles Edward Aglionby, RN - 20 Jun 1913 - unk

Capt Robert Gwynne Corbett, RN - 15 Aug 1914 - 01 Sep 1915

A/Cdr P.F. Newcombe, RN - 16 Oct 1916 - unk

Cdr Hugh Edward Holme, RCN - 22 Dec 1917 - unk

Cdr Hugh Edward Holme, RCN - 04 Apr 1918 - unk

 

     In memory of those who made the ultimate sacrifice    

     Lest We Forget     

 

- Book of Remembrance entry     - Grave or burial information

BEARD, Ernest Edmund

Sto PO, VR/1731 Albert Medal, RNCVR

killed - 06 Dec 1917  

BROWN, William

WO, RN

killed - 06 Dec 1917

BURNETT, Rodney O.

Carpenter, 17017, RCN

killed - 06 Dec 1917 

CARVER, William

PO, VR/2090, RNCVR

killed - 06 Dec 1917 

CHICK, Sidney

L/Sig, VR/1786, RNCVR

killed - 06 Dec 1917 

GARDNER, Walter

OS, VR/5091, RNCVR

killed - 06 Dec 1917 

KELSEY, Patrick

Sto, RN

killed - 06 Dec 1917

LONELY, William

AB, RN

killed - 06 Dec 1917

MATTISON, Albert Charles

Bos'n, Albert Medal, RCN

killed - 06 Dec 1917 

Drafted to HMCS Niobe on 06 Feb 1916

McMILLAN, Charles

LS, VR/2496, RNCVR

killed - 06 Dec 1917 

MURRAY, James

LCdr, RN

killed - 06 Dec 1917 

NICKERSON, Freeman Burnley

OS, VR/1891, RNCVR

killed - 06 Dec 1917 

SAUNDERS, Albert

AB, VR/4066, RNCVR

killed - 06 Dec 1917 

VEALS, George

W/T Operator, VR/386, RCN

killed - 06 Dec 1917   

WILSON, Carl Cecil

AB, VR/1561, RNCVR

killed - 06 Dec 1917 

YATES, George Roley

Sto, VR/5480, RNCVR

killed - 06 Dec 1917 

 

 

 

 

 

     In memory of those who have crossed the bar    

They shall not be forgotten

Abbott, David Spencer (drafted to HMCS Niobe on 11 Feb 1918 AS Mate, RNCVR)

 

Abbott, Ian (Ira ??) Elmer (drafted to HMCS Niobe on 11 Feb 1918 as Mate, RNCVR)

 

Aglionby, Charles Edward (Drafted to Niobe on 27 Jul 1910 as Lt (T), RN. Appointed to HMCS Niobe on 20 Jun 1913 as LCdr, RN, CO)

 

Annesley, John Smyth (drafted to HMCS Niobe on 18 Jun 1910 as St/Paym, RN)

 

Appleton, Llewellyn Walter, RNCVR

 

Atwood, Arthur F.L.

 

Ball, George Beverly (drafted to HMCS Niobe on 16 Apr 1918 as W. Op 4th Cl, RNCVR)

 

Baquet, Joseph Lucien Edmund (drafted to HMCS Niobe on 18 Jun 1918 as Mate, RNCVR)

 

Barrowman, Frederick William (drafted to HMCS Niobe on 29 Apr 1918 as W. Op 4th Cl, RNCVR)

 

Bass, Sydney William (drafted to HMCS Niobe on 06 May 1918 as Mate, RNCVR)

 

Becker, Wilfred Artland (drafted to HMCS Niobe on 16 Apr 1918 as W. Op 4th Cl)

 

Bell, John Frances Fawcett (drafted to HMCS Niobe on 16 Jun 1910 as Lt (E), RNR)

 

Berry, Francis William,  (drafted to HMCS Niobe on 13 Apr 1918 as W. Op 4th Cl. RNCVR)

 

Blackie, Charles Edward (drafted to HMCS Niobe on 27 Mar 1917 as A/Art (E), RCN)

 

Bower, James Gordon (drafted to HMCS Niobe on 26 Feb 1918 as Mate, RNCVR)

 

Brown, James (drafted to HMCS Niobe on 01 Feb 1911 as A/Head Stwd CNF)

 

Bruhm, Harry Benjamin (drafted to HMCS Niobe on 24 Jan 1918 as Mate, RNCVR)

 

Buchanan, James Stewart (drafted to HMCS Niobe on 16 Apr 1918 as W. Op 4th Cl, RNCVR)

 

Burke, William Patrick (drafted to HMCS Niobe on 12 Jun 1917 as Ch/Skpr, RCN)

 

Burrows, Alfred E. (drafted to HMCS Niobe on 16 Mar 1911 as Surg, CNF)

 

Caine, John Cowan (drafted to HMCS Niobe on 22 Apr 1918 as Lt, RNCVR)

 

Carnduff, W.E.

 

Carmichael, Daniel Norman (drafted to HMCS Niobe (D/S) on 15 Jul 1918 as Mate, RNCVR

 

Church, Philip D. (drafted to HMCS Niobe on 04 Jul 1910 as Lt (El), RN)

 

Clark, Charles Robertson

 

Clark, John Daughtrey (drafted to HMCS Niobe on 18 Apr 1918 as W. Op 4th Cl, RNCVR)

 

Clarke, George Pauleston (served in HMCS Niobe in 1910)

 

Clayton, Harold Frederick (drafted to HMCS Niobe on 08 Jun 1918 as W. Op 4th Cl, RNCVR)

 

Clegg, John Harry Kay (drafted to HMCS Niobe on 10 Jun 1914 as LCdr, RN)

 

Coffey, John Sinclair (drafted to HMCS Niobe on 13 May 1918 as W. Op 4th Cl, RNCVR)

 

Colerick, Allan Bowey (drafted to HMCS Niobe on 14 May 1918 as W. Op 4th Cl, RNCVR)

 

Cook, C.T., Boy Sailor

 

Cox, Edward (drafted to HMCS Niobe on 21 Apr 1909 as Carpenter, RN)

 

Craig, W.P. (drafted to HMCS Niobe on 01 Feb 1918 as Ch/Art (E), RCN)

 

Cromwell, James Wark, (drafted to HMCS Niobe on 01 Jun 1918 as Ch/Art, RCN)

 

Curry, Angus Downes Mathwin (drafted to HMCS Niobe on 11 Feb 1911)

 

Davies, John D., (RNCVR, served in HMCS Niobe from 25 Aug 1910 to 04 Jul 1916)

 

DeBurgh, Hubert Hugh (drafted to HMCS Niobe on 23 Jun 1910 as Lt, RN)

 

Derrick, Walter (drafted to HMCS Niobe on 25 Apr 1918 as Art (E) (Temp), RCN)

 

Deslauriers, Joseph Joachim (drafted to HMCS Niobe on 18 Jun 1918 as Mate, RNCVR)

 

Dodd, John William B. (drafted to HMCS Niobe on 07 Jun 1918 as Mate, RNCVR)

 

Doherty, William Albert (drafted to HMCS Niobe on 16 Apr 1918 as W. Op 4th Cl, RNCVR)

 

Elliott, Harold Albert (drafted to HMCS Niobe on 05 Jun 1918 as W. Op 4th Cl, RNCVR)

 

Evans, Frederick (drafted to HMCS Niobe on 16 Jul 1910 as Bosn, RN)

 

Evell, Archibald William (drafted to HMCS Niobe on 01 Apr 1917 as A/Wt/Wtr (Temp), RCN)

Fletcher, John Norman (drafted to Niobe on 27 Jul 1910 as Ass/Paym, RN)

 

Fitzgerald, Thomas Moffat (drafted to Niobe on 27 Jul 1910 as Ass/Paym, RN)

 

Gammon, John Thomas (drafted to HMCS Niobe on 24 Jan 1918 as A/CPO,MAA (Temp), RCN)

 

Gesner, William Edward (drafted to HMCS Niobe on 22 May 1917 as Mate, RNCVR)

 

Gibb, Alexander Clark (drafted to HMCS Niobe on 08 Jun 1918 as W. Op 4th Cl, RNCVR)

 

Goodwin, Charles Harford Richard Octavian Woodley (drafted to HMCS Niobe on 05 Jun 1917 as Lt, RNVR)

 

Gordon, Arthur Melvin (drafted to HMCS Niobe on 29 Apr 1918 as W. Op 4th Cl)

 

Gordon-Canning, Cecil James George (drafted to HMCS Niobe on 05 Jun 1917 as Lt, RNVR)

 

Goreham, William (drafted to HMCS Niobe on 11 Feb 1918 as Mate, RNCVR)

 

Graham, Alistair M. (drafted to HMCS Niobe on 26 Jun 1910 as Lt, RN)

 

Graham, George Duncan Henry (drafted to HMCS Niobe on 07 Jun 1918 as W. Op 4th Cl, RNCVR)

 

Graver, George Dewing (drafted to HMCS Niobe on 16 Jul 1910 as Gnr, RN)

 

Gray, Alfred Edward (drafted to HMCS Niobe on 06 Jun 1918 as A/W. Op 4th Cl, RNCVR)

 

Guy, Simeon (drafted to HMCS Niobe on 12 Feb 1918 as Mate, RNCVR)

 

Hadley, William Henry

 

Haines, Ernest (drafted to HMCS Niobe on 15 May 1918 as A/Ch/Gnr, RCN)

 

Hearne, John (drafted to HMCS Niobe on 16 Mar 1918 as Ch/Skpr, RCN)

 

Holme, Hugh Edward (drafted to HMCS Niobe on 04 Apr 1918 as Cdr, RCN, CO)

 

Hopkins, George William (drafted to HMCS Niobe on 14 Feb 1912 as Head Bandmaster, RCN)

 

Hopkins, Isaac Armstrong, Bos'n, RCN (drafted to D/S HMCS Niobe on 20 Jul 1917)

 

Huclin, Richard Henry (drafted to HMCS Niobe on 11 Feb 1918 as Mate, RNCVR)

 

Hudson, Albert Edward (drafted to HMCS Niobe on 08 Jan 1918 as A/Bosn, Temp, RCN)

 

Hunt, Hugh Michael (drafted to HMCS Niobe on 05 Apr 1918 as Ch/Art (E), RCN)

 

Irwin, George Allen Lyall (drafted to HMCS Niobe on 15 Jun 1912as Surg, RCN)

 

Kirkbride, Lyth Priestman (drafted to HMCS Niobe on 05 Jun 1918 as W. Op 4th Cl, RNCVR)

 

Leavens, Harry Canniff (drafted to HMCS Niobe on 27 Mar 1918 as Mate, RNCVR)

 

LePage, Herbert Stuart (drafted to HMCS Niobe on 27 Feb 1918 as Lt, RNCVR)

 

Livesay, Edward Horace, Structural Draughtsman, RCN, RNCVR

 

Lowrie, Thomas (drafted to HMCS Niobe on 24 Jan 1918 as Skpr (Temp), RCN)

 

Lye, Harold Meelars (drafted to HMCS Niobe on 23 Jan 1918 as W. OP 4th Cl, RNCVR)

 

Macarow, Phillip Daniel (drafted to HMCS Niobe on 25 Jan 1918 as Asst/Paym, RNCVR)

 

MacDonald, W.B., Cdr, RN

 

Macken, Martel Keith (drafted to HMCS Niobe on 29 jan 1918 as W. Op 3rd Cl, RNCVR)

 

Maitland-Dougall, William McKinstry (drafted to HMCS Niobe on 07 Jan 1915 as Midshipman, RCN)

 

Mason, William (drafted to HMCS Niobe on 01 Jan 1916 as A/Slt, RNCVR)

 

Mattison, Albert Charles (drafted to HMCS Niobe on 06 Feb 1916 as A/Bos'n, RCN)

 

Maude, George (drafted to HMCS Niobe on 15 Jul 1915 as Slt, RCNVR)

 

Mawley, Ralph Hodgson (drafted to HMCS Niobe on 05 Jun 1918 as W. Op 4th Cl, RNCVR)

 

Morrell, Samuel George Seagrove (drafted to HMCS Niobe on 10 Jun 1910 as Bos'n, RN)

 

Morres, Stephen Harvey (drafted to Niobe on 27 Jul 1910 as Lt, RN)

 

Morrison, William Stuart Etleigh (drafted to HMCS Niobe on 01 Mar 1918 as Slt, RCN)

 

Morse, John William

 

Mountain, Thomas James (drafted to HMCS Niobe on 29 Jan 1918 as Mate, RNCVR)

Murphy, John Michael (drafted to HMCS Niobe on 28 Feb 1918 as Mate, RCNVR)

 

Murray, Leonard Warren

 

Murray, Stanley (drafted to HMCS Niobe on 13 May 1918 as W. Op 4th Cl, RNCVR)

 

Naufts, John (drafted to HMCS Niobe on 26 Feb 1918 as Mate, RNCVR)

 

O'Reilly, William (drafted to HMCS Niobe on 09 May 1917 for Instruction Duty, as Gnr, RCN)

 

Osborne, George Burton (drafted to HMCS Niobe on 31 Mar 1918 as Fl/Paym (Intel), RN)

 

Palmer, Clifford, Stoker - died: Oct 1983

 

Pape, Oswald Joseph (drafted to HMCS Niobe on 13 Jul 1916 for trg as W.Op/L, RNCVR)

 

Payne, Charles Harold Chaytor (drafted to HMCS Niobe on 01 Jul 1916 as Asst/Paym, RNCVR, addl)

 

Pearce, Alfred Thomas (drafted to HMCS Niobe as ShipW, RCN)

 

Pringle, Kenneth M. (drafted to HMCS Niobe on 06 May 1918 as Slt, RNCVR)

 

Race, Harry (drafted to HMCS Niobe on 01 Jun 1918 as Ch/Art, RCN)

 

Ratcliff, James Hamilton (drafted to HMCS Niobe on 19 Mar 1918 as W. Op 4th Cl, RNCVR)

 

Reid, Howard Emmerson (drafted to HMCS Niobe in 1916 as Midshipman, RCN and in 1918 at A/Lt, RCN)

 

Reid, Robert Sedgewick (drafted to HMCS Niobe on 01 May 1917 as A/Wt/Wtr, RCN)

 

Rowdon, Victor Kirk (drafted to HMCS Niobe on 04 Apr 1918 as W. Op 4th Cl, RNCVR)

 

Sampson, Lawrence William (drafted to HMCS Niobe on 26 Feb 1918 as Mate, RCNVR)

 

Schofield, John Francis (drafted to HMCS Niobe on 30 May 1918 as Lt, RCN)

 

Scott, James (drafted to HMCS Niobe on 12 Jul 1917 as A/Bos'n, RCN, add'l)

 

Scott, Robert Balgarnie Young (drafted to HMCS Niobe on 30 Apr 1918 as W. Op 4th Cl, RNCVR)

 

Shipley, Robert (drafted to HMCS Niobe on 09 Mar 1918 as Mate, RNCVR)

 

Sinnott, William Job (drafted to HMCS Niobe on 28 Jan 1918 as W. Op 3rd Cl, RNCVR)

 

Southern, Percy Clinton (drafted to HMCS Niobe on 26 Apr 1918 as W. OP 4th Cl, RNCVR)

 

Stephens, Harold Frederick Dale (drafted to HMCS Niobe on 04 May 1918 as Surg, RNCVR)

 

Stephens, Harry (drafted to HMCS Niobe on 26 Feb 1918 as Mate, RNCVR / 28 Jun 1918)

 

Sterrett, Ernest J. (drafted to HMCS Niobe on 15 Apr 1916 as Surg, RNCVR)

 

Stuart, Charles Joseph, served in Niobe in 1918 as LCdr, RNR, Naval Examining Officer

 

Surette, Leslie Joseph (drafted to HMCS Niobe on 03 Mar 1918 as Mate, RNCVR)

 

Taylor, Fred (drafted to HMCS Niobe on 04 Jan 1918 as W. Op 3rd Cl, RNCVR)

 

Thompson, Cecil Elner (drafted to HMCS Niobe on 07 Jun 1918 as W. Op 4th Cl)

 

Tonkin, John Steven (drafted to HMCS Niobe on 27 Mar 1918 as Ch/Skpr, RCN)

 

Vosper, John Danie (drafted to HMCS Niobe on 05 Jun 1917 as A/Lt, RNVR)

 

Waddleton, Lawrence (drafted to HMCS Niobe on 01 Mar 1918 as Mate, RNCVR)

 

Wager, William (drafted to HMCS Niobe on 09 Jun 1918 as Art (E), TEMP), RCN)

 

Waggs, Stewart Arthur (drafted to HMCS Niobe on 04 Jan 1918 as W. Op 3rd Cl, RNCVR)

 

Washington, Basil George (drafted to Niobe on 18 Jul 1912 as Lt, RN)

 

Webster, Robert James (drafted to HMCS Niobe on 28 Jan 1918 as Ch/Art (E), RCN)

 

Western, Charles Alexander, Engineer (stoker), RNCVR

 

White, Walter Lawrence (drafted to HMCS Niobe on 28 Feb 1918 as Mate, RCNVR)

 

Williams, Walter (Lofty), 20146, RCN

 

Wilmot, Frederick Gordon (drafted to HMCS Niobe on 07 Jun 1918 as W. Op 4th Cl)

 

Wood, Herbert Henry De Lally (served in Niobe in 1916 as Lt, RNCVR)

 

Wragg, George (drafted to HMCS Niobe on 22 Jan 1917 as A/War/Elec (Temp), RCN)

 

Appleton, Llewellyn Walter

1901-1985

Served in Niobe as a Boy Sailor, RNCVR 23 Jan 1917 - 12 Nov 1917 and 20 Jul 1918 - 12 Aug 1918

Carnduff, W.E.

____-____

Cook, C.T.

____-____

Davies, John D.

____-____

Haines, Haines

1876-1965

Livesay, Edward Horace

1882-1971

Served in Niobe in 1915 as a Structural Draughtsman

MacDonald, W.B.

____-____

1st Commanding Officer

Maitland-Dougall, William McKinstry

Drafted to Niobe 07 Jan 1915 as Midshipman, RCN. Killed 12 Mar 1918, CO of HMS/m D3.

Morse, John William

1890-1989

Murray, Leonard Warren

1896-1971

Served in Niobe in 1914 as Midshipman, RCN

Reid, Howard Emmerson

1897-1962

Stuart, Charles Joseph

1879-1945

Served in Niobe in 1918 as LCdr, RNR, Naval Examining Officer

Western, Charles Alexander

____-____

Williams, Walter

1893-1983

 

 

 

Photos and Documents

 

 

Links

HMCS Niobe Collection

Crew List of HMCS Niobe - 1911

HMCS Niobe's anchor damaged in Halifax Explosion found

Personal photo gallery for Edward Livesay

Personal photo gallery for Llewellyn Appleton

 

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