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HMCS PORT ARTHUR K233

HMCS Port Arthur K233

 

Laid down: 28 Apr 1941

Launched: 18 Sep 1941

Commissioned: 26 May 1942

Paid off: 11 Jul 1945

Fate: Broken up at Hamilton, Ont., in 1948

 

Built by the Port Arthur Shipbuilding Co. Ltd., Port Arthur, Ont., she was commissioned on 26 May 1942 at Montreal. She arrived at Halifax on 10 Jun 1942 and was allocated to WLEF at the end of Jul 1942. In Sep 1942 she was appointed to Operation "Torch" duties, arriving at Londonderry on 01 Nov 1942 from convoy SC.105, and during the next four months escorted U.K.-Mediterranean convoys. On 19 Jan 1943, while so employed, Port Arthur sank the Italian submarine Tritone off Bougie, Algeria. She arrived at Halifax on 23 Mar 1943, and, after brief repairs there, joined Western Support Force at St. John's. On 01 May 1943, her CO, Lt E.T. Simmons, was awarded the DSO. Early in Aug 1943 she began a major refit at Liverpool, N.S., completing on 31 Dec 1943. After working up at Halifax, she joined EG W-9, WEF. In Apr 1944, she was assigned to Western Approaches Command for invasion duties and left St. John's on 24 Apr 1944 for Londonderry. During the following four months she was occupied as a convoy escort in support of the invasion, and in September joined Portsmouth Command. In Feb 1945, she returned to Canada, where VE-Day found her still under refit at Liverpool, N.S. She was paid off 11 Jul 1945 at Sorel and broken up at Hamilton in 1948.

 

Commanding Officers

Lt Edward Theodore Simmons, DSC, RCNVR - 26 May 1942 - 08 Jul 1943

A/LCdr Kenneth Taylor Chisholm, RCNVR - 09 Jul 1943 - 11 Jul 1945

 

     In memory of those who have crossed the bar    

They shall not be forgotten

A-B

Aust, Edward G.

1916-2009

 

 

 

 

E-F

French, Beverley

1922-2012

 

 

 

 

G-H

Gibson, Clarence C.

____-2012

Goulet, Eugene

1923-2008

Greenwood, Howard Hamilton

1918-1990

Honey, Gilbert Leonard

1920-2006

Hulme, George Frederick

1920-2010

 

I-J

Jackson, Herbert William

1914-2008

Drafted to HMCS Port Arthur on 09 Apr 1945 as Slt, RCNVR

 

 

 

 

K-L

Kathrens, Harold Arthur

1923-2005

Lawson, Graham

1913-1998

Lyons, Douglas Burnell

____-2007

 

 

M-N

Manuel, Laurence Arthur

1914-2001

Served in Port Arthur 1942-1943 as a Stoker

Merryweather, Bruce

1923-2009

 

 

 

O-P

Palmer, Clifford

1892-1983

 

 

 

 

Q-R

Reeves, Joseph John

1919-2000

Richardson, Raymond George

1921-2009

Drafted to Port Arthur K233 on 25 Apr 1942 as Slt, RCNVR, Stand by, then 26 May 1942

Robertson, Alexander

____-1966

Robertson, Alexander

1907-1986

 

S-T

Simmons, Edward Theodore

1910-1988

1st Commanding Officer

 

 

 

 

W-X

Wheelton, John

1921-2006

 

 

 

 

 

Submarines Sunk

Italian Sub Tritone sunk on 19 Jan 1943 by HMCS Port Arthur off Bougie, Algeria

 

Former Crew Members

Boileau, Armand

 

Boyer, Gerry, AB

 

Burns, Harvey Douglas

 

Chalmers, Charles

 

Cherry, William Edward, A/Lt, RCNVR - 20 Apr 1944

 

Cowan, Peter Robert, Slt, RCNVR - 25 Apr 1942 (Stand by) / 26 May 1942 / 03 Apr 1943

 

Davis, John Malcolm Bancroft, Slt, RCNVR - 01 May 1945

 

Garbet, John

Hoar, Lyle Robert, Lt, RCNVR (Stand by) / 26 May 1942

 

Ince, William

 

Jennings, Davidson Cumming, Lt (E), RCNVR - 25 Feb 1944

 

Kilbank, Sidney Charles, Lt, RCNVR - 24 May 1945

 

Kirk, John

 

Mathieson, Andrew Fraser, A/Wt (E), RCNR - 14 May 1942

 

McLean, Donald, OS

 

Miller, George Scott, Lt, RCNVR - 30 Jul 1944

Mitchell, Blyth Alexander, Slt, RCNR - 29 Jul 1943

 

Oswald, John William, A/Wt (E), RCNVR - 22 May 1945

 

Pengelly, Gordon Allan, Slt, RCNVR - 26 Mar 1945

 

Pipe Gordon Frederick, Lt, RCNVR - 03 Apr 1943

 

Robinson, Sydney Alban, Mate, RCNR - 26 May 1942

 

Seboyer, Gerry

 

Wilson, William George, Lt, RCNR - Jan 1944

 

 

Photos and Documents

 

 

Links

 

HMCS Port Arthur Crew Photo - Dede's Family Genealogy

Looking Astern, "Port Arthur" Bags a U-boat

 

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