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HMCS NORTH BAY K339

Then Bahamian Merchant Vessel KENT COUNTY II (1946)

Then GALLOWAY KENT (1950)

Then BEDFORD II (1951)

HMCS North Bay K339

Source: Royal Canadian Naval Association North Bay

 

Laid down: 29 Sep 1942

Launched: 27 Apr 1943

Commissioned: 25 Oct 1943

Paid off: 01 Jul 1945

Fate: Final disposition unknown

 

Built at Collingwood, she was commissioned there on 25 Oct 1943. North Bay arrived at Halifax on 29 Nov 1943, and in Dec 1943 carried out workups in St. Margaret's Bay. On completion of these she was assigned to EG 9, Londonderry, making her passage there as escort to convoy SC.154 early in Mar 1944. When EG 9 became a frigates-only group, North Bay returned to St. John's in Apr 1944 and became a member of EG C-4. From 11 Dec 1944 to mid-Feb 1945, she underwent a refit at Sydney and proceeded to Bermuda to work up. On completing this exercise she sailed directly to St. John's to join EG C-2, but later in Apr 1945 she was transferred to C-3 and, on 30 Apr 1945, left St. John's to join convoy SC.174 for a final trip to Londonderry. She returned in May 1945 with ON.304 and was paid off on 01 Jul 1945 and laid up at Sorel. In 1946 she was sold for merchant service and became the Bahamian Kent County II; renamed Galloway Kent in 1950; renamed Bedford II in 1951.

 

Commanding Officers

Lt B. Hynes, RCNVR - 25 Oct 1943 - 29 Jun 1944

Lt John Norrison Finlayson, RCNVR - 30 Jun 1944 - 11 Aug 1944

A/LCdr B. Hynes - 12 Aug 1944 - 23 Jan 1945

Lt Jack Wiles Radford, RCNR - 24 Jan 1945 - 18 Feb 1945

LCdr Alexander Craig Campbell, RCNVR - 19 Feb 1945 - 01 Jul 1945

  

     In memory of those who have crossed the bar    

They shall not be forgotten

A-B

Bedford, Joseph Evison

1920-2012

Butterfield, James

1922-2009

C-D

Cook, John

1924-2014

K-L

Kennedy, James A.

1923-2014

Q-R

Ritchie, Donald Hetherington

1918-2012

Drafted to North Bay 09 Oct 1943 as Slt, RCNVR

 

 

 

 

S-T

Swanlund, Peter

1924-2011

W-X

Walters, Uriah

____-2011

 

Former Crew Members

Brown, Arnold Robert Henry, Slt, RCNVR - 11 Feb 1945

 

Hamilton, Robert Pentrose, Lt, RCNVR - 03 Apr 1945

 

Henry, Ross Arthur Cecil, A/Lt, RCNVR - 01 Jul 1944

Lawless, Edward Patrick, A/Lt, RCNVR - Jan 1944

 

MacGregor, Ian, Slt, RCNVR - 27 Apr 1945

Simonton, Robert Grant, Slt, RCNVR - 15 Mar 1945

 

Whittaker, Ralph, A/War (E), RCNVR - Jan 1944

 

Photos and Documents (below)

 

Personnel loading a Hedgehog anti-submarine mortar during trials aboard HMCS North Bay, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, October 1943

Source: Lt Gerald T. Richardson / Canada. Dept. of National Defence / Library and Archives Canada PA-114737

M.V. Galloway Kent, former corvette North Bay, converted to a merchant ship by Steel and Engine Products, Liverpool, NS in 1946

 

Click here to read the back of the photo

 

From the collection of Hector Dunlop

Courtesy of Jane Dunlop Stevenson, Liverpool, NS

 

M.V. Galloway Kent

From the collection of Hector Dunlop

Courtesy of Jane Dunlop Stevenson, Liverpool, NS

HMCS North Bay K339

Photo taken from HMCS Wentworth K331

From the collection of Gerald Jenson

Courtesy of James Jenson

 

 

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