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A Royal Canadian Navy Historical Project

HMCS PETROLIA K498

Former HMS SHERBORNE CASTLE

Then MAID OF ATHENS (1946)

Then BHARAT LAXMI (1947)

HMCS Petrolia K498

 

Laid down: 21 Jun 1943

Launched: 24 Feb 1944

Transferred to the RCN: 29 Jun 1944

Commissioned: 29 Jun 1944

Paid off: 08 Mar 1946

Fate: Sold to commercial use, she was broken up in Bombay in 1965

 

Laid down and launched as HMS Sherborne Castle K453, she was built by Harland & Wolff Ltd., Belfast, Ireland. She was, on completion, transferred to the RCN and commissioned on 29 Jun 1944 as HMCS Petrolia K498 (renamed the day she was commissioned), at Belfast. Following workups at Tobermory, she joined EG C-4 at Londonderry in Aug 1944, leaving on 02 Sep 1944 for her first convoy, ONS.251. An ocean escort for the rest of the war, she left Londonderry for the last time early in Jun 1945. In Aug 1945 Petrolia underwent a refit at Charlottetown and was placed in maintenance reserve at Halifax in Oct 1945. Paid off at Liverpool, N.S. on 08 Mar 1946, she was sold not long afterward to a New York buyer and renamed Maid of Athens. In 1947 she was transferred to Indian registry and renamed Bharat Laxmi, serving until broken up at Bombay in 1965.

 

Convoys escorted during WW II

 

Convoy Desig.

Convoy Departs from

Arrives at

Join as escort

Depart Convoy 

ON.251

Liverpool (01 Sep 1944)

New York City (19 Sep 1944)

01 Sep 1944

13 Sep 1944

HX.309

New York City (16 Sep 1944)

Liverpool (03 Oct 1944)

22 Sep 1944

02 Oct 1944

ONS.34

Liverpool (14 Oct 1944)

Halifax (01 Nov 1944)

15 Oct 1944

28 Oct 1944

HX.317

New York City (30 Oct 1944)

Liverpool (13 Nov 1944)

04 Nov 1944

13 Nov 1944

ON.268

Southend (23 Nov 1944)

New York City (10 Dec 1944)

26 Nov 1944

04 Dec 1944

HX.325

New York City (09 Dec 1944)

Liverpool (23 Dec 1944)

14 Dec 1944

23 Dec 1944

ON.276

Southend (02 Jan 1945)

New York City (18 Jan 1945)

03 Jan 1945

13 Jan 1945

HX.333

New York City (18 Jan 1945)

Liverpool (01 Feb 1945)

23 Jan 1945

01 Feb 1945

ON.284

Southend (10 Feb 1945)

New York City (01 Mar 1945)

11 Feb 1945

23 Feb 1945

HX.341

New York City (28 Feb 1945)

Liverpool (15 Mar 1945)

05 Mar 1945

15 Mar 1945

ONS.45

Liverpool (22 Mar 1945)

Halifax (11 Apr 1945)

23 Mar 1945

06 Apr 1945

HX.349

New York City (08 Apr 1945)

Liverpool (23 Apr 1945)

13 Apr 1945

23 Apr 1945

ONS.49

Liverpool (02 May 1945)

Halifax (18 May 1945)

03 May 1945

14 May 1945

HX.357

New York City (19 May 1945)

Liverpool (03 Jun 1945)

24 May 1945

03 Jun 1945

 

Commanding Officers

Lt Peter Waldie Spragge, RCNVR - 29 Jun 1944 - 25 Jun 1945

Lt Norman MacDougall Simpson, RCNVR - 26 Jun 1945 - 07 Aug 1945

Lt R.H. Ellis, RCNVR - 08 Aug 1945 - 11 Sep 1945

LCdr John James Hodgkinson, RCNR - 12 Sep 1945 - 08 Mar 1946

  

     In memory of those who have crossed the bar    

They shall not be forgotten

C-D

 

Christopher, Joseph

____-1947

 

 

 

 

I-J

 

Jenkins, William Hesketh

1923-2009

 

 

 

 

S-T

Simpson, Norman MacDougall

____-2005

2nd Commanding Officer

 

 

 

 

W-X

 

Wilson, Ernest George

1924-2014

 

 

 

 

 

 Former Crew Members

Bernatchez, Joseph Jean Thomas Henri Marcel, Lt, RCNVR - 20 May 1944 (Stand by) / 29 Jun 1944

 

Edgell, Peter Gordon, Surg/Lt, RCNVR - 27 Feb 1945

Ellis, Barton Shuttleworth, Lt, RCNVR - 20 May 1944 (Stand by) / 29 Jun 1944

 

Ellis, Richard Harry, Lt, RCNVR - 10 Feb 1945

Norton, Eric Halt, Lt (E), RCNVR - 21 May 1945

 

Rees, Arthur Joseph Roger, A/Wt (E), RCNVR - 07 Mar 1944 (Stand by) / 29 Jun 1944

 

Smart, Thomas E.Q. 

 

 

Photos and Documents

 

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