For Posterity's Sake         

A Royal Canadian Navy Historical Project

HMCS PRESERVER F94

Then Peruvian Navy Vessel MARISCAL CASTILLA (1946)

Then CABO BLANCO

HMCS Preserver, 27 Jun 1942

Source: The Ships of Canada's Naval Forces 1910-1981 by Ken Macpherson and John Burgess

 

Laid down: 1941

Launched: 1941

Commissioned: 11 Jul 1942

Paid off: 06 Nov 1945

Fate: Sold to the Peruvian Navy in 1946. Broken up in 1961

Displacement: 4.670 tons

 

Length: 268.4 ft

 

Beam: 44 ft

 

Draught: 17.6 ft

 

Speed: 10 kts

 

Complement: 20 officers, 87 men

 

Commissioned on 11 Jul 1942, at Sorel, she arrived at Halifax on August 4, having escorted a Quebec-Sydney convoy en route.  She was assigned to Newfoundland Force as a Fairmile base supply ship, arriving at St. John's on 18 Sep but transferring almost immediately to Botwood, Nfld. She returned to St. John's in Mid-Dec, staying until the end of Jul 1943, when she moved to Red Bay. Back at St. John's in Nov, she returned to Red Bay in mid-Jun 1944, and at the beginning of Sep, moved to Sydney. After a refit at Halifax at the beginning of 1945, Preserver returned once more to St. John's but was transferred to Shelburne, N.S. in Jun.  Paid off on 06 Nov 1945, at Shelburne, she was sold to the Peruvian Navy in 1946 and renamed Mariscal Castilla, then Cabo Blanco. She was broken up in 1961.

 

Commanding Officers

Capt Bernard (Barney) Leitch Johnson, DSO, RCNR - 11 Jul 1942 - 16 Dec 1943

Cdr G. Borrie, RCNR - 17 Dec 1943 - 17 Apr 1945

LCdr Hubert Chalres Walmesley, RCNR - 18 Apr 1945 - 10 Oct 1945

 

     In memory of those who have crossed the bar    

They shall not be forgotten

 G-H

Goodale, William

1924-2010

Commissioning Crew

Hawley, Douglas Llewellyn

1917-2002

Hiscock, George E.

1918-2011

 

 

I-J

Johnson, Bernard Leitch

1878 - 1968

Drafted to Preserver 01 Jun 1942, CO, Standby

1st Commanding Officer

 

 

 

 

W-X

Welsh, George Harrison

1922-2012

 

 

 

 

 

Former Crew Members

Balser, Joseph Leon Claude, Slt, RCNVR - 11 Jul 1942

 

Beazley, Ronald Inglis, Slt, RCNVR - 24 Feb 1945

 

Brooks, Peter Meldrum, Slt, RCNVR - 24 Feb 1945

 

Brown, Allison Wellwood, Wt (E), RCNR - 20 Mar 1945

 

Burritt, John Grindlay, Lt, RCNVR - 15 Jun 1942 (Stand by) / 11 Jul 1942

 

Collis, Henry Stanley, Slt, RCNVR - 28 Feb 1943

 

Cooper, Everett Alexander, Surg/Lt, RCNVR - 24 May 1943

 

Cunningham, Stanley Briden, Paym/Lt, RCNVR - 21 Jul 1943

 

Dyke, Frederick Ian, Lt (El), RCNVR - 24 Jan 1944 / 09 Jun 1944

 

Fletcher, Peter McDonald, A/Wt (E), RCNVR - 14 Jun 1943

 

Geddes, Edward John, A/Wt (E), RCNR - 16 Apr 1942 (Stand by) / A/Wt (E) 11 Jul 1942 / LT (E), RCNR - 20 Jun 1943

 

Golby, James Wake, Lt, RCNVR - 30 Apr 1942 (Stand by) / 11 Jul 1942

 

Hallam, Beverley Herbert, Surg/Lt, RCNVR - 20 Apr 1945

 

Harvey, Denis Pearce, Lt, RCNVR - 11 Jul 1942

Hose, LCdr Walter John Frederick, Lt, RCNVR - 15 Jun 1942 (Stand by) / LCdr, RCNVR - 11 Jul 1942

 

Hunt, Harold Bowler, Lt, RCNR - 15 May 1943

 

Hunt, John Angus, Lt, RCNVR - 27 Feb 1945

 

Jackson, Leslie Andrew, Wt (S), RCN - 04 Jun 1945

 

Kuypers, Leonard, A/LCdr (E), RCNVR - 12 Jul 1942

 

Lanctot, Pierre, Paym/Lt, RCNVR - 15 Mar 1943

 

LaRue, George Albert, Lt, RCNVR - 16 Jun 1942 (Stand by) / 11 Jul 1942

 

Lesueur, John Frederick, Slt,  RCNVR - 10 Apr 1943 / 10 Jul 1943

 

Little, John Llewellyn, Surg/Lt, RCNVR - 23 Jun 1942 (Stand by) / 11 Jul 1942

 

MacNeil, John James, Surg/Lt, RCNVR - 07 Jun 1944

 

McCabe, Gerald Edgar, Lt, RCNR - 11 Feb 1945

 

McKay, Douglas Alexander, Paym/Slt, RCNVR - 16 Jun 1942 (Stand by) / 12 Jul 1942

 

McKay, George Rayworth, Paym/Slt, RCNVR - 11 Jul 1942

Miller, Neil MacKinnon, Paym/Lt, RCNVR - 01 Jun 1944

 

Morrow, Samuel, Lt (E), RCNR - Jan 1945

 

Munsie, Wesley Pinkham, Slt, RCNVR - 18 Jul 1943

 

Ramsdale, Donald Osland Dallas, Slt, RCNVR - 28 Feb 1943

 

Ridout, Donald Denzil, Slt, RCNVR - 24 Feb 1945

 

Rowlings, Paul Gordon, Paym/Lt, RCNVR - 25 Jun 1942 (Stand by) / 11 Jul 1942

 

Sleight, James Alfred, Mate, RCNR - 14 Jul 1942 / Lt, RCNR - 15 Apr 1943

 

Smith, George Raymond, Slt, RCNVR

 

Smith, Richard Leigh, Lt, RCNVR - 17 Apr 1945

 

Sorensen, Paul Frentz, Lt (E), RCNR - 20 Apr 1944

 

Stephens, Richard Edward, A/War (E), RCNR - Jan 1945

 

Tullidge, Geoffrey Huish, Paym/Lt, RCNVR - 15 Jun 1942 (Stand by) / 11 Jul 1942 / A/Paym/LCdr, RCNVR - 12 Jul 1942

 

Webster, Charles, Slt, RCNVR - Jan 1945

 

Young, John Randolf Wesley, Slt (E), RCNVR - 22 Jul 1942

 

 

Photos and Documents

 

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