HMCS PRESTONIAN K662 / 307
River Class / Prestonian Class Frigate
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.
In memory of those who have crossed the bar
They shall not be forgotten
Former Crew Members
Photos and Documents
(JVW162) HMCS PRESTONIAN Christmas card (JVW163) Vincent Wesley's Station Card for HMCS PRESTONIAN (JVW164) HMCS PRESTONIAN'S gunshield art (JVW165) HMCS PRESTONIAN K662 pennant (JVW166) V.E. Day ribbon - HMCS PRESTONIAN - First ship to deliver German prisoners to Canada
HMCS PRESTONIAN K662 in the Dartmouth slips for repairs - Oct 1944
(JVW167) CPO Vincent Wesley by the propeller shaft bracket of HMCS PRESTONIAN K662 while undergoing repairs in the Dartmouth slips (JVW168-JVW169) CPO Vincent Wesley (left) with unknown PO by the ship's rudder of HMCS PRESTONIAN K662 while undergoing repairs in the Dartmouth slips
Note: Commissioned in Quebec City on 13 Sep 1944, HMCS PRESTONIAN arrived in Halifax in Oct 1944 in need of repairs and it was not until Jan 1945 before she could go to Bermuda for work-ups.
(JVW170) HMCS STE THERESE K366 (JVW171) Unknown sailor standing on the ice-covered fo'c's'le of HMCS PRESTONIAN K662 (JVW172) Unknown sailor between the barrels of HMCS PRESTONIAN K662 (JVW173) Ice partially cleared off of the gun deck and face of the bridge of HMCS PRESTONIAN K662 (JVW174) Unknown sailor on the ice-covered port side of HMCS PRESTONIAN K662. Photo after looking forward.
(JVW175) HMCS INCH ARRAN K667 (JVW176-JVW177) HMCS PRESTONIAN K662 conducting a light line transfer with HMCS INCH ARRAN K667. From the angle of the photos - they were taken from the crow's nest of HMCS PRESTONIAN (JVW178) HMCS INCH ARRAN K667 conducting a transfer with HMCS PRESTONIAN K662. It looks like fuel line is rigged between the ships (JVW179) Hands to bathe - sailors on HMCS PRESTONIAN K662 going for a swim
(JVW180) HMCS ST BONIFACE J332 (JVW181) Unknown warship (JVW182) Unknown warship (JVW183) Unknown warship following astern of HMCS PRESTONIAN K662. Based on her wake, PRESTONIAN is travelling at a high rate of speed (JVW184) CPO Vincent Wesley with a bandaged up right arm aboard HMCS PRESTONIAN K662
(JVW185) HMCS PRESTONIAN'S mascot (JVW186) depth charge exploding astern of HMCS PRESTONIAN K662 (JVW187) CPO Vincent Wesley by the after gun mount of HMCS PRESTONIAN K662 (JVW188) Quarterdeck of HMCS PRESTONIAN K662 showing a bit of ice build-up (JAVW189) HMCS PRESTONIAN K662, port side looking forward. the ship is showing a bit of ice build-up
(JVW190) Sailors on the after gun platform on HMCS PRESTONIAN K662. CPO Vincent Wesley, standing, 1st on left (JAV191) Sailors on the after gun / gun platform on HMCS PRESTONIAN K662 (JVW192) Three unknown sailors on HMCS PRESTONIAN K662. The sailor on the right has a PO rank badge and 1st good conduct stripe on his jacket (JVW194) Unknown corvette (JVW195) HMCS STE THERESE K366
(JVW195) Convoy off in the distance (JVW196) Unknown sailor on watch as look-out on HMCS PRESTONIAN K662 (JVW197) HMCS PRESTONIAN K662 making good speed - her wake is disappearing in the distance (JVW198) Unknown hospital ship (JVW199) Depth charge explodes starboard side aft of HMCS PRESTONIAN K662
(JVW200-JVW202) Quarterdeck of HMCS PRESTONIAN K662 awash in heavy seas
From the collection of J. Vincent Wesley, CPO Shipwright, RCNVR
Courtesy of Marilynn Taylor