Then PV13


Flower Class Corvette






Source: Flickr photo collection of Ron Bell


Laid down: 12 Jul 1940

Launched: 05 Oct 1940

Commissioned: 29 Apr 1941

Paid off: 12 Jul 1945

Fate: Sold for commercial use. Last known to be used as a barge in 1962. Final disposition unknown.


Commissioned at Quebec City on 29 Apr 1941, PICTOU arrived at Halifax on 12 May 1941. She joined Newfoundland Command and left St. John's on 06 Jun 1941 with HX.131 for Iceland, one of the first two corvettes to escort an HX convoy. She remained on the St. John's-Iceland run for the rest of the year. After brief repairs at Halifax she returned to St. John's, where breakdowns forced her to turn back from three successive convoys. She finally crossed with H.180 in Mar 1942, to Londonderry, carried out further repairs at Liverpool and, on completion early in Jun 1942, join EG C-4. On 05 Aug 1942, while escorting convoy ON.116, she was rammed in a fog near St. John's by the Norwegian SS Hindanger, suffering severe damage to her stern. After completing repairs at Halifax on 20 Sep 1942, she joined EG C-2. On her return from the U.K. with ON.149 in Dec 1942, she required further repairs at Halifax, followed immediately by refit at Liverpool, N.S. In May 1943, she joined EG C-3, and on 17 Dec 1943 left Londonderry for the last time. From early Jan to 31 Mar 1944, she was refitting at New York, incidentally receiving her extended fo'c's'le. She then proceeded to Bermuda for three weeks' working-up, returning in mid-Jun 1944 to join EG W-5, Western Escort Force. Paid off on 12 Jul 1945, at Sorel, she was sold for conversion to a whale-catcher, entering service in 1950 as the Honduran-flag Olympic Chaser. Again sold in 1956, she served at Otori Maru No. 7 until converted to a barge in 1962.



Photos and Documents          Ship's company photos



Commanding Officers


LCdr John Lewis Diver, RCNR - 29 Apr 1941 - 17 Aug 1941

A/LCdr R.B. Campbell, RCNR - 18 Aug 1941 - 04 Sep 1941

Lt A.G.S. Griffin, RCNVR - 05 Sep 1941 - 21 Aug 1942

Lt Louis de la Chesnaye Audette, RCNVR - 22 Aug 1942 - 19 Sep 1942

Lt A.G.S. Griffin, RCNVR - 20 Sep 1942 - 14 Mar 1943

Lt Philip Taber Byers, RCNR - 15 Mar 1943 - 19 Nov 1943

A/LCdr Gordon Kingsley Fox, RCNVR - 20 Nov 1943 - 01 Oct 1944

Lt Fergus Cross, RCNR - 02 Oct 1944 - 12 Jul 1945



     In memory of those who made the ultimate sacrifice    

     Lest We Forget     



Coder, RCNVR

died - 29 Oct 1943

MCLEOD, William C.

Stoker 1c, RCNVR

died - 12 Aug 1945



     In memory of those who have crossed the bar    

They shall not be forgotten




Former Crew Members


Beale, James 


Clarke, Samuel Anderson, A/War (E), RCNR - 01 Feb 1942


Dunnet, Gordon, SLt, RCNVR - Jan 1942


Eveson, Harold


Ferne, Harry Curtis, SLt, RCNVR - 21 May 1941


Fisher, Eric Gerald Tice, SLt, RCNVR - 23 Mar 1943


Fournier, (??), AB


Freeborn, (??), SBA


Gillespie, Ian Anthony, Lt, RCNVR - 14 Apr 1944


Grasky, Gordon, ERA - 1944


Griffin, Anthony George Scott, Lt, RCNVR - 29 Apr 1941


Grunig, M., ERA - 1944


Gunn, William Jackson, Lt, RCNVR - 18 Jul 1943

Howitt, David Mickle, SLt, RCNR - 12 Apr 1943


Jennings, Bernard Joseph, A/Wt (E), RCN - 25 Apr 1944


Kennedy, John Leslie, SLt, RCNVR - 31 Jan 1944


Lewin, Buffer


Loudon, Donald Edward, SLt, RCNVR - 28 Feb 1945


Mackness, Sidney Alfred, A/Lt, RCNVR


McCrate, Tom, CERA - 1944


McKenna, P., ERA - 1944


McLeish, John Alexander Fowler, LCdr, RCNR - 29 Apr 1941


McLead, (??), Sto


Morgan, Marcel Cosby, Lt, RCNVR - 09 Apr 1943


Munn, Milton Charles, Ch C1 III (Bapt), RCN - 24 May 1945

Murphy, H.P., SPO - 1944


Oliver, Hubert Galt, A/Lt, RCNVR - 26 Jan 1945


Porter, CERA - 1942


Powell, Philip Malcolm, RCNVR - 25 Apr 1945


Ruse, John Clark, SLt, RCNVR - 07 Feb 1942


Smith, John Cowan, SLt, RCNR - 17 Feb 1942


Snider, Willard Samuel (Bill), ERA - 1944


Strain, Bill


Strachen, (??), Sto


Templeton, Jim A., Shipwright 4c - 1944



Photos and Documents


Depth charge being fired from HMCS Pictou, March, 1942


Source: Canada. Dept. of National Defence / Library and Archives Canada / PA-116838

HMCS Pictou's gunshield art


Photo taken at St. John's, NFLD - 1943


Courtesy of Roger Litwiller

HMCS Pictou K146

CERA Porter painting the gunshield of HMCS Pictou, and Cd (E) Sam Clarke, RCNR circa September 1942.


The Griffon on the gunshield was based on the family badge for Tony Griffin, Pictou's CO in 1942.


Source: Flower Class Corvette Forums


HMCS Pictou K146 alongside HMCS Cobalt K124 while convoy escort (note convoy ships on horizon)


From the collection of Edmund Ferris


Courtesy of Edmund Ferris


HMCS Pictou Christmas card - 1944


From the collection of William Rose


Courtesy of Steve Rose

The Pictou's Last Stand


Newspaper article on HMCS Pictou's port visit to Pictou, NS prior to being paid off - 11 Jun 1945


From the collection of William Rose


Courtesy of Steve Rose

Sto PO Rose by the gun mount on HMCS Pictou K146 circa winter 1944-45


From the collection of William Rose


Courtesy of Steve Rose

Sailors of HMCS PICTOU K146 doing a bit of boat work


DND/ RCN Photo



DND/RCN photo


From the collection of Lionel Saundes, Coder, RCNVR


Courtesy of Douglas Saunders


HMCS PICTOU K146, Londonderry


From the collection of LS Bernard (Bunny) Brewster


Courtesy of Gord Brewster



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(1) Medical Assistant Freeborn cutting a stoker's hair. Frank Dann, Electrician on the right - HMCS Pictou, Jun 1944  (2) Troopship Queen Mary as seen from HMCS PICTOU  (3) Torpedoed tanker at St. John's, NFLD as seen from HMCS Pictou  (4-5) HMCS PICTOU  


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(6) Tom McCrate, CERA and Cas Owsianski on HMCS Pictou K146  (7) Tom McCrate, CERA and Sid Dobing on HMCS Pictou K146  (8) Chiefs and Petty Officers on HMCS Pictou 1945 - L-R: J. Templeton, Shipwright; G. Dixon, ERA; T. McCrate, CERA; G. G. Grasky, ERA; P. Murphy, SPO; W. Rose, SP; W. Snider, ERA; F. Dann, EA; P. Mckenna, ERA; Cas Owsianksi, SPO


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(9) HMCS Pictou's ship's cat on the compass on the bridge  (10) HMCS Pictou in Bermuda - Bill Rose, Bill Strain, Stoker McLeod, AB Fournier, Sid Dobing  (11) SBA Freeborn and Stoker Strachen on HMCS Pictou, Bermuda 1944  (12) Sid Dobing on HMCS Pictou K146  (13) HMCS Pictou iced-up  


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(14) Ice covered bridge of unknown ship  (15-16) HMCS Pictou K146 - "Winter ice in the North Atlantic"  (17) Cas (Ossie) Owsianski on HMCS Pictou K146 - 1945  (18) HMCS PICTOU with overall grey paint scheme


From the collection of CPO1 Sid Dobing, RCN


Courtesy of Brian Dobing






(JM01) Houlton McInnis (right) and unidentified shipmate horsing around on HMCS PICTOU  (JM02) Houlton McInnis sitting on HMCS PICTOU's forward gun  (JM03) Houlton McInnis onboard HMCS PICTOU, enjoying a little quite time to write


From the collection of James Houlton McInnis


Courtesy of Rollie McInnis