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HMCS PRESTONIAN K662 / 307

 

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HMCS Prestonian K662 - Bahamas - West Indies - Jan 1945

From the collection of Leo Drouillard

Courtesy of Margaret & Duane Drouillard

 

Laid down: 01 Feb 1943

Launched: 22 Jun 1944

Commissioned: 13 Sep 1944

Re-commissioned: 22 Aug 1953

Paid off: 24 Apr 1956

Loaned/Transferred to the Norwegian Navy: 24 Apr 1956

Re-commissioned: 24 Apr 1956 as HNoMS Troll

Re-classed / Re-Named: 1965 as HNoMS Horten

Paid off: 1972

Fate: Broken up 1972

 

Named to commemorate Preston, Ontario, she was named Prestonian as there was an RN ship, HMS Preston already in commission. Commissioned 13 Sep 1944 at Quebec City, Prestonian arrived at Halifax the following month in need of repairs, and it was early Jan 1945, before she could go to Bermuda to work up. On her return to Canada she was assigned to EG 28, based at Halifax, and employed locally until VE-Day. She then underwent tropicalization at Halifax, completing 20 Aug 1945, and on 09 Nov 1945 was paid off and sold to Marine Industries Ltd. Later re-acquired by the RCN, she was rebuilt to become the name-ship of the Prestonian ocean escort class. She was re-commissioned on 22 Aug 1953, and finally paid off on 24 Apr 1956, having been lent to the Norwegian navy. Re-named Troll, she was transferred outright in 1959, and in 1965 reclassified as a submarine depot ship and re-named Horten. She was discarded in 1972 and broken up same year.

 

Photos and Documents          Ship's company photos

 

Commanding Officers

LCdr Ian Angus, RCNVR - 13 Sep 1944 - 01 Apr 1945 (appointed 15 Aug 1944, Standby)

LCdr George Norval Downey, RCNR - 02 Apr 1945 - 18 Jul 1945

Lt Edward Middlemas More, RCNR - 19 Jul 1945 - 09 Nov 1945

LCdr Wylie Carlyle Spicer, RCN - 22 Aug 1953 - 09 Jun 1955

Cdr William Moncur Kidd, RCN - 10 Jun 1955 - 24 Apr 1956

 

     In memory of those who have crossed the bar    

They shall not be forgotten

A-B

Angus, Ian

____-1989

1st Commanding Officer

Bellamy, Allen Edwin

1930-2010

Berry, Peter Cushing

1923-2006

Served in Prestonian in 1953 as LCdr (O) (P), RCN, XO

 

 

C-D

Drouillard, Leo J.A.

1924-1965

Served in Prestonian 13 Sep 1944 - 28 Oct 1945 as an OS / AB, RCNVR

Dunphy, Gordon Hayward

1921-2016

 

 

 

E-F

Elford, Clyde Henry

1920-2016

Fisher, Eric

1936-2017

 

 

 

G-H

Gamblin, Donald Kempton, Sr

1925-2007

Giles, Douglas Herbert

1923-2018

Served in Prestonian in 1955

Hagan, William Ernest

____-1980s

Harding, Norman L.

____-____

 

I-J

Johnson, Robert Alvin

____-2015

Served in Prestonian during WWII 

 

 

 

 

K-L

Kearney, George Alfred

1923-2016

Served in Prestonian 1953-1954

Kerr, Robert Nelson Wellington

____-1990

Lambie, Vincent Frederick

1927-2009

Lear, Walter

1931-2010

Lowe, James Edward

1920-1995

M-N

McKay, Allister, J.

____-1999

Newman, Grant Hilding

1920-2014

 

 

 

Q-R

Rhymes, Reginald Heber

1926-2006

Served in Prestonian 10 Aug 1955 - 08 Jan 1956  and 25 Jan 1956 - 23 Apr 1956 as a P2TD3, RCN

 

 

 

 

S-T

Sawyer, Thomas Anthony

1926-2013

Spears, J. Gerald

____-2004

Spicer, Wylie Carlyle

1920-2003

4th Commanding Officer

 

 

W-X

Wolvin, Donald Faro

____-2007

 

 

 

 

Ship's Mascots

Stokes

 

 

 

 

 

Former Crew Members

Bonnell, Henry Nathan, LCdr (E), RCNR - 02 Jun 1945

 

Clark, James Randall Elliot, Slt (E), RCNR - 03 Apr 1945

 

Cunningham, John Francis A/Lt, RCNVR - 03 Apr 1945

 

Jamieson, Thomas Alexander Barbour, Surg/Lt, RCNVR - 08 Feb 1945

 

Keefer, Frank Noel, Slt, RCNVR - 11 Feb 1945

McLennan, Trevor McKee, Surg/LCdr, RCNVR - 26 Apr 1945

 

Munro, John Thomas, Lt (E), RCNVR - 15 Jun 1944 (Stand by)

 

Paddell, Douglas Whittaker, Lt (S), RCNVR - 05 Jul 1945

 

Pollock, Edward Kirkwood - Served in Prestonian in WW 2

 

Salmon, Kenneth Waterbury, Lt (E), RCNVR - 01 May 1944 (Stand by)

Scott, Charles James Douglas, Lt (SB), RCNVR - 02 Apr 1945

 

Sibilleau, Romeo 

 

Speight, Lenn, Bos'n, RCN - 15 Mar 1945

 

Thomas, Charles Humbert, Lt, RCNVR - 11 Feb 1945

 

Wade, John Howard, Lt, RCNVR - 15 Mar 1945

 

White, Mel, PO - 1944

 

Photos and Documents

 


Lift jacket and bed roll for Robert Alvin Johnson (Al).  Al slept with his life jacket at the ready at all times in case his ship was torpedoed.

Courtesy of Beth Ratchford Johnson

Souvenir from Jack Dempsey's Lounge, New York City

From the collection of James Edward Lowe, Cook, RCN

Courtesy of Kathleen Lowe

HMCS Prestonian circa 1944-45

From the collection of James Edward Lowe, Cook, RCN

Courtesy of Kathleen Lowe

Petty Office Mel White (left) and Chief Petty Officer James Lowe of HMCS Prestonian at Jack Dempsey's, New York City - 26 Nov 1944

From the collection of James Edward Lowe, Cook, RCN

Courtesy of Kathleen Lowe

 

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(1) Leo Drouillard by the depth charge thrower on HMCS Prestonian K662  (2) Leo Drouillard (front) with shipmates on HMCS Prestonian K662. "They said no one would see me behind the shill. All laughing"  (3) Leo Drouillard with Stokes (ship's mascot) on HMCS Prestonian K662 - 10 Jun 1945  (4) The Quartermaster and Short (Leo Drouillard) on HMCS Prestonian K662  (5 & 6) Leo Drouillard on HMCS Prestonian K662

From the collection of Leo Drouillard

Courtesy of Margaret & Duane Drouillard

 

HMCS Prestonian K662

From the collection of Leo Drouillard

Courtesy of Margaret & Duane Drouillard

HMCS Prestonian 307

 

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