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HMCS PATRIOT

Former HMS PATRIOT

HMCS Patriot circa 1922

RCN Photo

 

Launched: 20 Apr 1916

Commissioned: 

Paid off: 1920

Transferred to RCN: 01 Nov 1920

Commissioned: 01 Nov 1920

Paid off: 1929

Fate: Sold in 1929 to be broken up

 

Patrician and Patriot were commissioned in 1916,and served in the RN for the duration of the First World War. In 1920 Patrician, Patriot, and the cruiser Aurora were offered to Canada as replacements for the decrepit Niobe and Rainbow. The three were commissioned at Devonport on November 1, 1920, and left for Canada a month later. When the naval budget was cut by a million dollars in 1922, the two destroyers became the only seagoing ships in the RCN. Patriot was stationed at Halifax where she spent the next five years training officers and men of the naval reserve. In Sep 1921, she assisted Dr. Alexander Graham Bell, towing his experimental hydrofoil craft HD-4 at high speed on Bras d'Or Lake near Baddeck, NS.  Patriot was sold for scrap in 1929 and broken up at Briton Ferry, Wales.

 

Commanding Officers

Lt Charles Taschereau Beard, RCN - 01 Nov 1920 - 02 Sep 1922

Lt George Clarence Jones, RCN - 03 Sep 1922 - 23 Aug 1923

Lt Howard Emmerson Reid - 24 Aug 1923 - 06 Oct 1925

Lt Cuthbert Robert Holland Taylor, RCN - 07 Oct 1925 - 04 Apr 1926

LCdr Cuthbert Robert Holland Taylor, RCN - 05 Apr 1925 - 23 Oct 1927

 

     In memory of those who have crossed the bar    

They shall not be forgotten

A-B

Beard, Charles Taschereau

1890-1948

1st Commanding Officer

 

 

 

 

C-D

Clarke, George Pauleston

____-____

Drafted to Patriot 01 Jul 1922 as LCDR (E), RCN

DeWolf, Henry George

1903-2000

 

 

 

G-H

Grant, Harold Taylor Wood

1899-1965

Holms, William Boyd Love

____-1989

Drafted to Patriot 27 Feb 1923 as Slt, RCN

Hope, Adrian Mitchell

1899-1962

Served in Patriot in 1921 as Midshipman, RCN

Houghton, Frank Llewellyn

1897-1981

Served in Patriot in 1923

 

I-J

Johnson, William Dunmall

Drafted to Patriot 01 Jul 1922 as Gnr, RCN

Jones, George Clarence

1895-1946

2nd Commanding Officer

 

 

 

K-L

Keohane, James William

____-____

Drafted to Patriot 31 Jul 1922 as Wt (E), RCN

 

 

 

 

M-N

Mainguy, Edmond Rollo

1901-1979

 

 

 

 

O-P

Pattison, Ralph Reginald

1904-1972

Powell, Joseph Henry

____-1950

 

 

 

Q-R

Reid, Howard Emmerson

1897-1962

3rd Commanding Officer

Roy, Joseph Wilton Rouer

Drafted to Patriot 27 Feb 1923 as Slt, RCN.

MPK - 22 Oct 1940

while serving in

HMCS Margaree H49

 

Taylor, Cuthbert Robert Holland

1895-____

4th Commanding Officer

 

 

S-T

Senior, James Albert

1907-1976

Served in Patriot 01 Aug 1926 - 30 Sep 1926, 1-14 Jun 1927 as Sto 2c, and 01 Jul 1927 - 31 Dec 1927 as Sto 1c, RCN

 

 

 

 

Ship's Mascots

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Links

Personal photo gallery of James Albert Senior

Ship's company photo for HMCS Patriot

 

Photos and Documents (below)

 

HMCS Patriot circa 1922 - This photograph emphasizes the lean, predatory lines of HMCS Patriot, one of two destroyers acquired by Canada in 1920. The destroyers Patriot and Patrician had seen British service in the First World War before being transferred to Canada. Along with the light cruiser HMCS Aurora, they formed the core of the Royal Canadian Navy in the early postwar years. Following Aurora's decommissioning in 1922, Patriot was the only significant Royal Canadian Navy unit on the east coast, and saw extensive use as a training ship for naval reservists. George Metcalf Archival Collection CWM 19850317-001 

 

HMCS Patriot in Drydock at Halifax Shipyards

From the collection of Ralph Reginald Pattison

Courtesy of David Pattison

HMCS Patriot off Trinidad, 1922

From the collection of Ralph Reginald Pattison

Courtesy of David Pattison

 

     

 

HMCS Patriot conducting a torpedo shoot and boat crew recovering the torpedo, Feb 1924

From the collection of Ralph Reginald Pattison

Courtesy of David Pattison

Fo'c's'le gun of HMCS Patriot

From the collection of Ralph Reginald Pattison

Courtesy of David Pattison

HMCS Patriot and HMCS Patrician alongside Halifax 1922

From the collection of Ralph Reginald Pattison

Courtesy of David Pattison

HMCS Patriot's Mascot

From the collection of Ralph Reginald Pattison

Courtesy of David Pattison

A few of HMCS Patriot's crew, mid 1920s

 

R.R. Pattison, 3rd from right

 

From the collection of Ralph Reginald Pattison

Courtesy of David Pattison

 

 

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