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HMCS PORT COLBORNE K326

HMCS Port Colborne K326 - Dec 1943

From the collection of Harold Colgan

Courtesy of Randall Colgan

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Battle honours and awards:  Atlantic  1944-45,   English Channel  1944,   Normandy  1944,   Arctic  1944,   North Sea  1945

 

 

Laid down: 16 Dec 1942

Launched: 21 Apr 1943

Commissioned: 15 Nov 1943

Paid off: 07 Nov 1945

Fate: Broken up in 1947

 

Built at Esquimalt, BC, she was commissioned at Victoria on 15 Nov 1943. On 12 Dec 1943 Port Port Colborne arrived at Halifax; departing Halifax on 08 Feb 1944 for Bermuda to work up. Late in Apr 1944 she was assigned to EG 9 based out of Londonderry. On 27 Apr 1944 she departed Halifax for Londonderry via St. John's, NFLD. On 01 May 1944, Port Colborne sailed from St. John's to search for a sub reported off the Newfoundland coast. She was detached from the search on 03 May 1944 and  joined C-3, for her transit to Derry, as escort to HX 289, joining EG 9 or her arrival on 12 May 1944. She remained on patrol and escort duty in U.K. waters, including participation on D-Day, except for a round trip to North Russia in Dec 1944, with convoys JW.62 and RA.62. She left 'Derry for Halifax 21 Feb 1945, and on 24 Sep 1945 completed tropicalization refit at Liverpool, N.S. On 07 Nov 1945 she was paid off at Halifax and laid up in reserve in Bedford Basin, and in 1947 was broken up at Sydney.

 

Photos and Documents          Ship's company photos

 

Commanding Officers

LCdr Colin James Angus, RCNR - 15 Nov 1943 - 23 Apr 1945 

A/LCdr Maurice Faulkner Oliver, RCNR - 24 Apr 1945 - 07 Nov 1945

 

     In memory of those who have crossed the bar    

They shall not be forgotten

A-B

Anderson, George

1901-1988

Andrews, Arthur

____-____

 

 

 

C-D

Calfat, Gregoire

1921-2009

Colgan, Harold

1921-1989

Colleridge, John

____-____

Corley, George

____-2006

Cowan, Herbert Thomas

1917-2011

Crossley, Sidney Ross

1920-2008

Crothers, William Gray

1916-2005

Curry, Walter

1918-2017

Dibben, Robert Sheppard

1914-1982

Served in Port Colborne 27 Jun 1945 - 15 Aug 1945 as an ERA 3c CPO

 

G-H

Godfrey, Howard

____-____

Gould, James Alan

1924-2017

Served in Port Colborne 1944 - 1945

Grant, Frank

1919-2018

 

 

I-J

Jenks, Gordon McCully

1918-2007

 

 

 

 

K-L

Kent, Robert W.

Kiniski, Edward Adam

1922-2018

 

 

 

M-N

MacDonald, Arthur A.

1926-2014

MacPhee, John Elmer

1925-2002

Maloney, Jack William

1915-2009

McCrimmon, William Henry

1924-2013

McLellan, Len

____-____

Morrison, John

Morrow, Robert G.

1925-2017

Murray, Richard Charles

1925-2009

Murray, Sherwin Allan

____-2016

 

O-P

 Phillips, Elmer

1925-2010

 

 

 

 

S-T

Smith, Charles Maxwell

1918-2008

Served in Port Colborne as SA

 

 

 

 

U-V

Villemaire, J.P.

____-2004

 

 

 

 

W-X

Walmsley, Charles Westall

1925-2008

Wolfenden, John Elford

1905-1992

Served in Port Colborne as NavO

 

 

 

 

Former Crew Members

Avery, Leslie Edward, Lt (S), RCNVR - 17 May 1945

 

Best, George Edward, Lt, RCNVR - 1944 (of Toronto, ON)

 

Bronskill, Arnold Sutton, Slt, RCNVR - 30 Apr 1945

 

Brown, Melvin Leroy

 

Bucholtz, Omar, Sto 1c

 

Butovsky, Sid

 

Carleton, Sy

 

Carpenter, Stan

 

Cooper, George

 

Cox, Pat, Cox'n

 

Dobie, Donald - 1944

 

Fraser, Jim

 

Graham, Bernard John

 

Graham, Berni (poss Edward) - 1944

Hughes, Maldwyn, AB - 1944

 

Johnson, ( Logie/Ludie) - 1943 

 

Johnston, Harold, Radar

 

Kalyn, George - 1944

 

Keeley, James Allen, A/Lt (E), RCNVR - 28 Mar 1945

 

Lemery, F.

 

MacDonald, Duncan Graham, Slt (E), RCNVR - 06 Apr 1944

 

MacRae, Duncan, AB - 1944

 

Marshall, W.D. (Mickey)

 

Massť, Edouard (Eddy)

 

McKay, Donald

 

More, John, Sig, RCNVR - 1944 (of Winnipeg)

 

Mores, George Peter, Surg/Lt, RCNVR - 28 Apr 1944

 

Nixon, John Leslie, Slt, RCNVR - 14 May 1945

Oliver, Maurice Faulkner, A/LCdr, RCNR - 03 Mar 1945

 

Osborn, John, Lt (E), RCNVR - 01 Mar 1944

 

Ovens, Doug

 

Pelletier, Ernest, PO - 1944

 

Philipp, Anton (Tony), Stoker

 

Puttee, Grant

 

Reilly, Desmond

 

Richardson, Willie

 

Roy, Jean, AB - 1944

 

Vose, Reg, Radar

 

Weber, Gerald Lloyd, Slt, RCNVR - 19 Mar 1945

 

Weir, (Bird Dog)

 

Woods, Arnold

 

Yendall, William George, Slt, RCNVR - 16 Mar 1945

 

Photos and Documents

 

Newspaper article on HMCS Port Colborne supassing it's Victory Bond Sales goal

Crow's News newspaper - May 1944

HMCS Port Colborne crew member at Scapa Flow 1945

From the collection of Robert Morrow

Courtesy of David Morrow

HMCS Port Colborne crew members at Scapa Flow 1945

From the collection of Robert Morrow

Courtesy of David Morrow

HMCS Port Colborne crew members at Scapa Flow 1945. Robert Morrow is on the far right

From the WW II photo collection of Robert Morrow

Courtesy of David Morrow

HMCS Port Colborne crew members at Scapa Flow 1945. Robert Morrow is in the centre

From the WW II photo collection of Robert Morrow

Courtesy of David Morrow

HMCS Port Colborne crew members at Scapa Flow 1945. Robert Morrow is on the left

From the WW II photo collection of Robert Morrow

Courtesy of David Morrow

HMCS Port Colborne crew members at Scapa Flow 1945

From the WW II photo collection of Robert Morrow

Courtesy of David Morrow

(L-R) George Kalyn and Harold Colgan

Bellevue Park, Belfast, July 1944

From the collection of Harold Colgan

Courtesy of Randall Colgan



Gibraltar as seen from HMCS Port Colborne

From the collection of Harold Colgan

Courtesy of Randall Colgan

Harold Colgan at gunnery

From the collection of Harold Colgan

Courtesy of Randall Colgan

Harold Colgan in Belfast

From the collection of Harold Colgan

Courtesy of Randall Colgan

Unknown sailor on HMCS Port Colborne

From the collection of Harold Colgan

Courtesy of Randall Colgan

HMCS Port Colborne sailors at Panama City, 26 Dec 1943

Harold Colgan (top right), Logie Johnson (lower right)

From the collection of Harold Colgan

Courtesy of Randall Colgan

Ship's company of HMCS Port Colborne K326 being inspected on the jetty

From the collection of Harold Colgan

Courtesy of Randall Colgan

Ship's company of HMCS Port Colborne K326 enjoying a little relaxation time, tanning on the fo'c's'le

From the collection of Harold Colgan

Courtesy of Randall Colgan

Ship's company of HMCS Port Colborne K326 enjoying a little relaxation time, tanning by the after gun mount

From the collection of Harold Colgan

Courtesy of Randall Colgan

Church service onboard HMCS Port Colborne K326

From the collection of Harold Colgan

Courtesy of Randall Colgan

Church service onboard HMCS Port Colborne K326

From the collection of Harold Colgan

Courtesy of Randall Colgan

Plane flying past HMCS Port Colborne K326

From the collection of Harold Colgan

Courtesy of Randall Colgan

Unknown crew members of HMCS Port Colborne K326

From the collection of Harold Colgan

Courtesy of Randall Colgan

Unknown crew members of HMCS Port Colborne K326

From the collection of Harold Colgan

Courtesy of Randall Colgan

HMCS Port Colborne K326 - checking the depth charges

From the collection of Harold Colgan

Courtesy of Randall Colgan

Three unknown crew members of HMCS Port Colborne K326

From the collection of Harold Colgan

Courtesy of Randall Colgan

HMCS Port Colborne K326

From the collection of Harold Colgan

Courtesy of Randall Colgan

Unknown crew members manning the sea boat on HMCS Port Colborne K326

From the collection of Harold Colgan

Courtesy of Randall Colgan

Unknown sailors on HMCS Port Colborne K326

From the collection of Harold Colgan

Courtesy of Randall Colgan

Unknown sailors on HMCS Port Colborne K326

From the collection of Harold Colgan

Courtesy of Randall Colgan

Gun crew members of HMCS Port Colborne K326

From the collection of Harold Colgan

Courtesy of Randall Colgan

Unknown sailors on HMCS Port Colborne K326

From the collection of Harold Colgan

Courtesy of Randall Colgan

Unknown sailor on HMCS Port Colborne K326 in Belfast

From the collection of Harold Colgan

Courtesy of Randall Colgan

Christening on board HMCS Port Colborne K326

From the collection of Harold Colgan

Courtesy of Randall Colgan

Tattered ensign on HMCS Port Colborne K326

From the collection of Harold Colgan

Courtesy of Randall Colgan

Fo'c's'le of HMCS Port Colborne K326

From the collection of Harold Colgan

Courtesy of Randall Colgan

Unknown sailor on HMCS Port Colborne K326

From the collection of Harold Colgan

Courtesy of Randall Colgan

G. Kalyn, Sutherland, Trirney, Ollie, Johnson, MacKay, F Lemery, Hank Johnson, Carley

From the collection of Harold Colgan

Courtesy of Randall Colgan

Logie Johnson

HMCS Port Colborne K326 in Belfast

From the collection of Harold Colgan

Courtesy of Randall Colgan

"Convoy"

Ships in line ahead, as seen from the quarterdeck of HMCS Port Colborne K326

From the collection of Harold Colgan

Courtesy of Randall Colgan

Logie Johnson (left), sailor on right is unknown, on HMCS Port Colborne K326

From the collection of Harold Colgan

Courtesy of Randall Colgan

Mackay, Ollie and Lemery on HMCS Port Colborne K326

From the collection of Harold Colgan

Courtesy of Randall Colgan

 Canadian Veterans Honoured by U.S.S.R. for Murmansk Convoys

From the collection of Harold "Bud" Colgan, Coder, RCN, HMCS Port Colborne

Courtesy of Randall Colgan

Newspaper article on Harold Colgan being awarded a medal from the U.S.S.R. for his part in the Murmansk Convoys.

From the collection of Harold Colgan

Courtesy of Randall Colgan

George Corley (left) and Harold Colgan (right) at the awards ceremony at the St. James Legion

From the collection of Harold Colgan

Courtesy of Randall Colgan

Harold Colgan receiving his medal from the U.S.S.R. Ambassador at the St. James Legion

From the collection of Harold Colgan

Courtesy of Randall Colgan

Harold Colgan and Bill Johnson (son of Logie Johnson)

From the collection of Harold Colgan

Courtesy of Randall Colgan

(L-R) George Corley, Bill Johnson, Harold Colgan and Manitoba crew members of HMCS Port Colborne K326 at the awards ceremony at the St. James Legion

From the collection of Harold Colgan

Courtesy of Randall Colgan

Norwich resident to receive USSR medal

 

Norwich resident, Omar Bucholtz, engineer, stoker 1st class, is to be one of two, known in Oxford, to receive the USSR Commemorative medal

 

Mr, Bucholtz is being honored for his efforts during his service with the Royal Canadian Navy during the Second World War and for what I Liakin-Frolov, counsellor of the Embassy of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics in Ottawa termed his "contribution in the struggle against facism." He served with the Canadian Navy from 1941 to 1945 on the frigate the HMCS Port Colborne, seeing action mainly in the North Sea. Mr, Bucholtz was part of the Canadian contingent which worked along side British forces who opened and maintained supply routes to Russia. Mr. Bucholtz participated in the convoys which brought supplies to the Russian port of Murmansk during the war as a member of the Royal Canadian Navy Volunteer Reserve. He said the reason the Canadians are receiving the medal is for their helping the Russians win the war and for the action they saw, " too much bloody action," Mr. Bucholtz said.

Courtesy of Jeremy Bucholtz


Baptismal service on the quarterdeck of HMCS Port Colborne K326, Easter Sunday, 09 Apr 1944, Halifax, Jetty 3

 

The baptism of the Commanding Officer's 2nd duaghter

 

From the collection of James Alan Gould

Courtesy of Duncan Gould

Tot issue to the crew of HMCS port Colborne K326, 09 Apr 1944, Halifax, Jetty 3

 

After the baptism ceremony, the C.O. ordered "Splice the Mainbrace"

 

From the collection of James Alan Gould

Courtesy of Duncan Gould

 

(3) Roy, Jean, AB  (4) Wolfenden, John E., LT, NavO  (5) Graham, Berni (poss Edward)  (7) Hughes, Maldwyn, AB  (11) Pelletier, Ernest, PO  (30) Sherwin, Murray, AB  (31) Coleridge, John, AB  (32) MacRae, Duncan, AB

 

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HMCS Port Colborne K326

From the collection of James Alan Gould

Courtesy of Duncan Gould

Crew of HMCS Port Colborne K326 being inspected during divisions on the jetty. Date and place unknown.

From the collection of James Alan Gould

Courtesy of Duncan Gould

The Rock of Gibraltar - taken from HMCS Port Colborne K326

From the collection of James Alan Gould

Courtesy of Duncan Gould

Gun crew on HMCS Port Colborne K326

From the collection of James Alan Gould

Courtesy of Duncan Gould


Unknown sailing shipS

From the collection of James Alan Gould

Courtesy of Duncan Gould

Royal Navy Base at Gibraltar

From the collection of James Alan Gould

Courtesy of Duncan Gould

Quarter deck of HMCS Port Colborne K326 

From the collection of James Alan Gould

Courtesy of Duncan Gould

HMCS Port Colborne's sea boat crew preparing to be lowered

From the collection of James Alan Gould

Courtesy of Duncan Gould

A fresh catch of cod for supper on HMCS Port Colborne K326

From the collection of James Alan Gould

Courtesy of Duncan Gould

Sailors relaxing on the gun deck and fo'c's'le of HMCS Port Colborne K326

From the collection of James Alan Gould

Courtesy of Duncan Gould

Escorts in line ahead - photo taken from HMCS Port Colborne K326

From the collection of James Alan Gould

Courtesy of Duncan Gould

Fo'c's'le of HMCS Port Colborne K326

From the collection of James Alan Gould

Courtesy of Duncan Gould

A few sailors on HMCS Port Colborne K326

From the collection of James Alan Gould

Courtesy of Duncan Gould

Captain's barge, HMCS Port Colborne K326 - place unknown

From the collection of James Alan Gould

Courtesy of Duncan Gould

Officers of HMCS Port Colborne K326

From the collection of James Alan Gould

Courtesy of Duncan Gould

 

Bottom left: Best; Back row, 5th from left: Crothers

Unknown port

From the collection of James Alan Gould

Courtesy of Duncan Gould

Mast and signal flags on HMCS Port Colborne K326

From the collection of James Alan Gould

Courtesy of Duncan Gould

HMCS Port Colborne K326 in dry dock

From the collection of James Alan Gould

Courtesy of Duncan Gould

Fighter flying past HMCS Port Colborne K326

From the collection of James Alan Gould

Courtesy of Duncan Gould

"The Black Gang"

Stokers on HMCS Port Colborne K326

Courtesy of Murray Sherwin

 

Front: L-R: Melvin Leroy Brown, Dick Murray

Back L-R: Sy Carleton, Doug Ovens, Ludie Johnson, Jim Fraser

SA Charlie Smith (left) and Shipwright Donald Dobie

Courtesy of Murray Sherwin

Arthur A. MacDonald on HMCS Port Colborne K326

Courtesy of Darren Myers

Reg Vose (centre), who served in HMCS Port Colborne as a Radar Operator during WW 2, received the "Korean Ambassador For Peace" medal for his service during the Korean War.

Courtesy of Murray Sherwin

 

HMCS Port Colborne K326 Reunion, Winnipeg, Manitoba, 1992

 

 

 

(L-R) Arthur Andrews, ??, Logic Johnson, Nick Paul

 

(L-R) E. Phillips, Nick Paul, Art Andrews, Stan Oakes

 

(L-R) Richard Reid, ??

 

(L-R) Front: Howard Godfrey, George Corley

Middle: Richard Swanson, W.D. Marshall, ?? (poss Ron Macrae)

Rear: Ed Graham, Howard Laastch, Dave Tendler

 

(L-R) Howard Godfrey, George Corley, Dave Tendler, Art Andrews

 

Morris Johnson

 

(L-R) Mally Hughes, Ralph Kennedy, ??

 

Clayton MacLeod

 

(L-R) Facing Camera: Stan Oakes, Grant Puttee

Back to Camera: George Corley, Murray Sherwin

 

(L-R) E. Phillips, ??, Morris Johnson

 

(L-R) Charlie Smith, Ralph Kennedy

 

(L-R) W.D. Marshall, Ed Graham

 

(L-R)  Jim Cook, George Corley, Logie Johnson

 

(L-R) Dave Tendler, Clayton MacLeod

 

Charles Smith (in white shirt on couch) remainder unknown.

 

(L-R) E. Phillips, Dave Tendler, Mally Hughes, Charles Walmsley

 

Front Seated: unknown, seated on left Clarence Harding, man leaning over and man with red sweater unknown, W.D. Marshall

 

(L-R) E. Phillips, George Corley

 

Four men in front - (L-R) two facing camera Richard Swanson, Ed Graham. Two with back to camera (L-R) Howard Godfrey, ??

 

(L-R) Richard Swanson, Ed Graham, George Corley, Howard Parry (profile)

 

Courtesy of Murray Sherwin

 

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