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Then Venezuelan Navy Vessel PATRIA (1946)

HMCS Oakville seen on 07 Aug 1943 near Yarmouth, Nova Scotia, while on passage from Saint John, New Brunswick, to Halifax, Nova Scotia, as an escort to convoy FH-7.

Source: Flickr photo collection of Ron Bell


Laid down: 21 Dec 1940

Launched: 21 Jun 1941

Commissioned: 18 Nov 1941

Paid off: 20 Jul 1945

Sold to Venezuelan Navy: 1946

Commissioned: 1946 as Patria

Paid of: 1962

Fate: Unknown


Built at Port Arthur, Ontario, she was commissioned at Montreal on  18 Nov 1941. She arrived at Halifax ten days later and joined Halifax Force on her arrival. On its formation in Mar 1942, she transferred to WLEF. In Jul 1942 she returned to Halifax Force to escort Halifax-Aruba convoys and, on her second arrival at Aruba late in Aug 1942, was diverted to reinforce convoy TAW.15 (Aruba-Key West section). The convoy was attacked 28 Aug 1942 in the Windward Passage, losing four ships, but Oakville sank the seasoned U 94, in part by ramming. After temporary repairs at Guantanamo she arrived at Halifax on 16 Sep 1942 and there completed repairs on 01 Dec 1942. She then joined the U.S. Eastern Sea Frontier Command to escort New York-Guantanamo convoys until 22 Mar 1943, when she arrived at Halifax to join WLEF. She served with three of its escort groups: W-7 from Jun 1943; W-8 from Dec 1943; and W-6 from Apr 1944. After minor repairs at Halifax, she proceeded to Bermuda for workups in May 1944, thereafter returning to her duties with EG W-6. A refit begun at Lunenburg early in Apr 1945, was discontinued in Jun 1945 and the ship was paid off at Sorel on 20 Jul 1945. She was sold to the Venezuelan Navy in 1946. On 10 Jan 1946, Venezuelan vessel Oakville, former HMCS Oakville K178, arrived at New York city with a skeleton crew: Frank Peter Hindley, Gerald James Ryan and Frederick Jackson. Renamed Patria, she served in the Venezuelan Navy until 1962.


Commanding Officers

Lt A.C. Jones, RCNR - 18 Nov 1941 - 11 May 1942

LCdr Clarence Aubrey King, DSC, RCNR - 12 May 1942 - 21 Apr 1943

Lt Harold Frederick Farncomb, RCNVR - 22 Apr 1943 - 22 Oct 1944

Lt Morgan Alan Griffiths, RCNVR - 23 Oct 1944 - 20 Jul 1945


     In memory of those who have crossed the bar    

They shall not be forgotten


Bakody, Howard


Served in Oakville 19 Apr 1941 - 02 Jul 1942 as ERA, RCNVR

Browne, Robert Gordon






Drysdale, Jack Allen







Faris, John Ward







Gordon, Lloyd Murchison

see HMCS Athabaskan G07

Goyetche, Arthur Raymond


Hammond, Francis Allen





Ironmonger, Herbert Wallace







Kahan, George Philip


Lowman, Norman John


Drafted to Oakville 15 Jan 1945 as Slt, RCNVR





MacLean, Douglas T.


Marcynuik, Orest Peter






Optiz, William John


Purdy, Joseph Henry






Ryan, Gerald James







Smyth, Joseph







U-Boats Sunk

U-94 sunk on 28 Aug 1942 by HMCS Oakville K178 and VP-92 in position 17-40N, 74-30 W


Former Crew Members

Baer, Albert, Coder


Ballinger, Gordon, L/Sig


Cooper, Gerald Charles, Slt, RCNVR - 11 Jun 1944


Davis, John Arthur, Lt, RCNVR - 25 Apr 1944


Durrant, Douglas Trevor 


Hindley, Frank Peter - Jan 1946

Humphrey, Ross, Sto1 - 1944 (of Toronto, ON)


Ingells, Rexford Wallace, Slt, RCNR - 30 Apr 1944


Jackson, Frederick - Jan 1946


Jorgenson, Kenneth - 1944 (of Lethbridge, AB)


Lawrence, Harold (Hal) Ernest Thomas, Lt, RCNVR - 16 Apr 1942


Peel, Robert Edward, Slt, RCNVR - 15 May 1943

Stephens, Richard Edward, A/Wt (E), RCNR - 25 Apr 1944


Turner, John Russell, War (E), RCN - 14 Feb 1944


Waddell, Keith


Ward, Jack, Coder


Wilson, David, Stoker PO


Young, Thomas, Lt, RCNVR - 29 Jun 1943


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