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HMCS PRINCE ROBERT F56

Former Canadian National SS PRINCE ROBERT

Then Merchant vessel CHARLTON SOVEREIGN (1948)

Then Italian Merchant Vessel LUCANIA (1951/1952 - 1962)

unofficial wartime badge

HMCS Prince Robert F56.

RCN Photo

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Launched: 1930 

Acquired by RCN: 05 Feb 1940

Commissioned: 31 Jul 1940

Paid off: 10 Dec 1945

Fate: Possibly broken up in 1962

 

The third of the C.N. sisters, Prince Robert was purchased in Dec 1939, and fitted out as an AMC, commissioning at Vancouver 31 Jul 1940. She left in mid-Sep for patrol off Mexico and Peru, and on 25 Sep 1940 intercepted and captured the German freighter Weser. On 15 Dec 1940 she left Callao, Peru for Australia to act as escort to a Canada-bound troop convoy, and in May 1941 returned to the South Pacific for three months' escort and patrol duties under RN control on the New Zealand Station. She left Auckland on 28 Jul 1941 for Easter Island to investigate reports of a Japanese supply ship in the area, and arrived at Esquimalt on 24 Aug 1941 for a short refit. In Nov she escorted a shipload of ill-fated Canadian troops to Hong Kong and on her return rejoined Esquimalt Force. In Aug 1942, Prince Robert was placed under USN control for duty in the Aleutians, arriving back at Esquimalt on 04 Nov 1942. She was paid off on 02 Jan 1943, for conversion to an auxiliary A/A ship, and was re-commissioned on 07 Jun  1943 at Vancouver, leaving Esquimalt 12 days later for the Clyde via Bermuda. In Nov 1943, she was assigned to Gibraltar Command, Mediterranean Fleet, and employed as A/A escort to U.K.-Sierra Leone and U.K.-Mediterranean convoys. Though reassigned to Plymouth Command in Jan 1944, she remained at the same duties, and from Jun to Aug 1944 escorted Mediterranean convoys. In Sep 1944 Prince Robert left Plymouth for Esquimalt, and upon arrival underwent a refit that lasted until Jun 1945. She left Esquimalt 04 Jul 1945, for service with the British Pacific Fleet, arriving at Sydney, Australia on 10 Aug 1945. On 31 Aug 1945 Prince Robert entered Hong Kong, where her commanding officer had to honour to represent Canada at the surrender ceremonies, 16 Sep 1945. On 20 Oct 1945 she arrived at Esquimalt with repatriated Canadian prisoners from Hong Kong, and on 10 Dec 1945 was paid off and laid up in Lynn Creek, B.C. Sold in 1948, she became the merchant vessel Charlton Sovereign and, in 1952, the Italian-flag Lucania. Lucania operated in the Grimaldi fleet from 1951-1962. She may have been broken up in 1962.

 

Commanding Officers

Cdr. Charles Taschereau Beard, RCN - 31 Jul 1940 - 07 Oct 1940

Cdr. F.G. Hart, RCN - 08 Oct 1940 - 21 Jun 1942

A/Capt. Frank Llewellyn Houghton, RCN - 22 Jun 1942 - 31 Dec 1942

Cdr. Owen Connor Struan Robertson, RCN - 01 Jan 1943 - 23 Mar 1943

LCdr Edward William Finch-Noyes, RCN - 24 Mar 1943 - 05 Jun 1943

Capt. Adrian Mitchell Hope, RCN - 06 Jun 1943 - unk

Cdr Thomas Douglas Kelley, RCNR - unk - 07 Dec 1944

Capt. Wallace Bouchier Creery, RCN - 08 Dec 1944 - 19 Dec 1944

Capt. Wallace Bouchier Creery, RCN - 04 Jun 1945 - 10 Dec 1945

 

     In memory of those who made the ultimate sacrifice    

     Lest We Forget     

 

- Book of Remembrance entry     - Grave or burial information

BOEHLER, Stanley William

Sto, V 36704, RCNVR

killed - 17 Aug 1943 

MENZIES, Archibald Nelson McLeod

AB, A/490, RCNR

MPK - 14 Aug 1941 

WALSH, Patrick Joseph

L/Cook (S), V/12471, RCNVR

died - 28 Jan 1943 

 

     In memory of those who have crossed the bar    

They shall not be forgotten

A-B

Addison, Douglas William

1920-2005

Agnew, William Edward (Bill)

1925-2015

Aldred, Jack William

____-2015

Atchison, Hugh

1922-2003

Beard, Charles Taschereau

1890-1948

1st Commanding Officer

Bellamy, Thomas William Murray

1919-2002

Boston, James

1910-2008

 

 

 

C-D

Cardy, Roy T.

1923-2005

Carroll, Richard James

1925-2015

Collins, Albert Edward

1921-1959

Davey, Jack Forsyth

1922-2007

Doutre, Gerald Leon

1920-2004

Duncan, James Livingstone

Drafted to Prince Robert on 30 Apr 1945 as LCdr (S), RCNVR

 

 

 

 

E-F

Eaton, Earl

____-2014

Fenn, Gordon

1922-2008

Finch-Noyes, Edward William

1909-1982

5th Commanding Officer

 

Frewer, Philip George

1922-2015

Fricke, Laurence

1912-2000

Drafted to Prince Robert 06 Apr 1942 as Lt, RCNVR

G-H

Gallo, Joseph

1919-2010

Gallo, Mike

1919-2010

Gardiner, John Douglas

1918-2009

Drafted to Prince Robert on 04 Apr 1941 as Slt (E), RCNVR

Girard, Armand Mitchell

1918-1980

Godfrey, J.C.

____-____

Guthrie, Maxwell Clark

1919-2011

Served in Prince Robert in as a PO

Hillman, Robert Gerald

____-1982

Hilton, Alan E.

1924-2106

Hope, Adrian Mitchell

1899-1962

6th Commanding Officer

Houghton, Frank Llewellyn

1897-1981

3rd Commanding Officer

Howarth, William

1923-2016

Hundleby, Louis Roy

1916-2005

 

 

 

K-L

Kenny, James (Jim) Lawrence, CD

1926-2014

Lindal, Bjorn Valtyr Bjossi

1915-1977

Lunney, Gar

1920-2016

 

 

M-N

MacFarlane, George Richard

1922-2000

Markin, John Stanley

1924-2010

Matthews, Harold Edward

1900-1970

Maw, John Leslie

1917-2016

Drafted to Prince Robert as Slt, RCNVR, promoted to Lt (E), RCNVR 07 Jun 1943

McFarlane, Donald Barrie

1926-2007

McGillivray, Douglas Charles

____-2016

McGregor, Martin

1922-1999

McLellan, Hugh Stanley

1920-2012

McNeely, Frederick Donald

____-2014

Miller, John Mckirdy

1920-2000

Served in Prince Robert as a PO

Mitchelson, Richard Harry

1914-1998

Morgan, Richard Thomas

1923-2009

Nichols, David Robert

1920-2007

Niskasaari, Arnold

____-2004

Served in Prince Robert as an ERA

Nixon, Arnold J.

1917-2004

O-P

Olekshy, Eugene

1925-2013

Olson, Leonard Fritjof

1923-2008

Ormsby, Chuck

____-2009

Osborne, Albert Alexander

1916-1988

Served in Prince Robert 08 Jun 1943 - 20 Oct 1944 as an OS / A/AB, RCNVR

Patterson, Warren

1925-2004

Poisson, Rodney

____-____

Drafted to Prince Robert on 18 Jun 1945 as Lt, RCNVR

Porter, Henry Allan

1920-2016

Served in Price Robert in 1941 as a Telegraphist, RCNVR

 

 

 

Q-R

Robertson, Owen Conner Struan

1907-1994

4th Commanding Officer

Rutherford, Donald Cameron

1922-2004

Drafted to Prince Robert on 28 May 1945 as Lt, RCNVR

 

 

 

S-T

Sellers, Edward Alexander

____-1985

Silvester, Henry

1919-2013

Skellett, William Charles

____-____

Stephen, George Donald

1923-2013

Stone, Ronald Douglas

1921-2009

Strachan, Douglas John

1923-2012

Sturch, Douglas Haig

1918-2007

Sturdy, Ferris Durnin

1920-2007

Served in Prince Robert as Slt (E), RCNVR

Tassell, Allan

1923-2016

 

U-V

Varley, Lawrence

____-2008

 

 

 

 

W-X

Wallace, Wilfred John

1918-2013

Whitley, Donald Mark

Drafted to Prince Robert F56 on 24 May 1943 and 07 Jun 1943 as Surg/Lt, RCNVR

Wigmore, Robert Arthur

____-2003

Wuori, Hans Matt Eric

1916-2004

 

Ship's Mascots

Mickey

____-____

Cobber

____-____

 

 

 

 

Former Crew Members

Acreman, Ben - Aug 1944

 

Adamson, William Edward, A/Paym Lt, RCNR - 31 Jul 1940

 

Anderson, Charles, AB, Torpedoman, RCNVR - Sep 1940

 

Armstrong, Jack - Sep 1940

 

Atwood, Lorenzo Lysons, A/Cdr (WHA), RCNVR - 29 Mar 1944

 

Bauer, Elmer, AB - Aug 1944

 

Beard, Charles Tachereau, Cdr, RCN - 02 Apr 1940 (Stand by) CO

 

Bennett, Stan, AB - Aug 1944

 

Beverley, Maurice Outhit, Lt, RCNVR - 05 Mar 1945

 

Bichan, William James, Lt, RCNVR - 07 Jun 1943

 

Bigelow, Neal, PO, RCNVR

 

Birtwistle, Kenneth,  Lt, RCNVR - 28 May 1945

 

Bolduc, Joseph Lazariate, A/Wt (E), RCNR - 31 Jul 1940

 

Boorman, William Irwin, Lt, RCNVR - 10 May 1943

 

Boyd, James, Lt, RCNVR - 20 Mar 1945

 

Birtwistle, Kenneth, Lt, RCNVR - 21 Jun 1943

 

Boorman, William I., RCNVR

 

Brooke, Donald John, Paym/Slt, RCNVR - 09 May 1942

 

Brown, George - Sep 1940

 

Bulmer, John, LCdr (E), RCNR - 10 Feb 1944

 

Carruthers, Harvey, Slt (E), RCNVR - 24 Jun 1943

 

Clark, William, Slt, RCNVR - Jan 1942

 

Clayton, John Every, Lt, RCNR - 27 May 1943

 

Collins, Ian Norman, Paym Lt, RCNVR - 25 Jul 1943

 

Cuddie, Hugh, AB - Aug 1944

 

Cunningham, Ronald A., AB - 24 Jul 1944 - 08 Mar 1946

 

D'Aoust, Percy Roland, Cook, RCN - 24 Oct 1941 - 18 Nov 1942

 

Dampsy, John Victor, Pay/Slt, RCNVR - 09 May 1942

 

Darcus, Solomon Lionel, Skpr, RCNR - 15 Apr 1941

 

Darragh, Sid, AB - Aug 1944

 

Davies, Edwin Thomas, Lt, RCNR - 05 Apr 1945

 

Davies, John Morley, LCdr, RCNVR - 01 Apr 1945

 

Day, Frederick John, A/LCdr, RCNR - 04 Jun 1945

 

Dezall, Samuel Alpheus, Lt (SB), RCNVR

 

Diebel, John Keith, Slt (E), RCNVR

 

Dolton, Weldon, AB, RCNVR

 

Dosie, John Charles, Cd (E), RCNR - 01 Apr 1941

 

Dufour, George Aime, A/Wt (E), RCN - 14 Jul 1943

 

Dundas, Robert Montague, A/Slt, RCNVR - 31 Jul 1940

 

Dunn, Robert Wesley Ault, Lt (SB), RCNVR - 09 Jun 1945

 

Dykes, Aubrey Alvin Rabdle, Lt, RCNR - 04 Apr 1941

 

Earl, Leslie Nelson, Slt, RCNVR - 03 Apr 1941

 

Eddy, Frederick Nelson, A/Lt, RCNR - 13 Jul 1940

 

Elkins, William, Lt, RCNVR - 31 Jul 1940

 

Elliott, Herbert Lane, LCdr (E), RCNR - 12 Feb 1942

Elliott, William, Wt (E), RCNVR - 31 May 1945

 

Finlayson, Don, Lt (E) - Aug 1944

 

Finley, George Steele, Lt, RCNVR - 26 Jun 1944

 

Freeeman, Frederick, Gnr, RCN - 08 Mar 1943 / 18 Mar 1943

 

Gagnon, Bernard, LS, RCNR

 

Gibbons, Thomas William, Wt (E), RCN - 14 May 1945

Goold, Henry

 

Graham, Douglas Kenneth Moody, Paym/Lt, RCNR - 19 Feb 1943 / 07 Jun 1943

 

Gravel, Paul S. Slt, RCNVR - Jan 1942

 

Grundy, Ernest, Lt, RCNVR - 02 Jun 1942

 

Hart, William James, Surg/Lt, RCNVR - 08 May 1942

 

Harvey, William Clement, Slt - 20 Jul 1943

 

Hayward, Claude Edgar, Chaplain (Pres), RCN - 26 Jul 1943

 

Heintzman, Bradford, Lt, RCNVR - 19 May 1945

 

Hendy, Robert Ian, Lt, RCNVR - 05 Mar 1943 / A/Paym/Lt - 07 Jun 1943 / LCdr (G) - 08 Jul 1944

 

Herring, George Alexander, Paym/Lt, RCNVR - 29 Mar 1943

 

Hinchcliffe, Cecil Irwin, LCdr (E), RCNR - 05 Feb 1940 (Stand by) / 31 Jul 1940

 

Hope, Geoffrey Bateman, LCdr, RCN - 05 Feb 1940 (Stand by) / 31 Jul 1940

 

Hudson, Bill, AB - Aug 1944

 

Hurst, Art, L/Sig - Aug 1944

 

Hutton, Noel Harry, Skr/ Lt, RCNR - 04 Jul 1945

 

Janigan, George Gregory, Slt (E), RCNVR - 23 Apr 1944 / Lt (E), RCNVR  - 05 Mar 1945

 

Jennings, David Cumming, Slt (E), RCNVR - 04 Apr 1941

 

Jermain, Robert Lloyd Valentine, A/Paym Slt, RCNR - 31 Jul 1940

 

Jerome, Jerry, LS - Aug 1944

 

Johnson, George Ross, Lt (El), RCNVR - 08 May 1943

 

Johnson, Keith Morrison, Inst/Lt, RCNVR - 04 Jun 1945

 

Jones, Edwin, A/Gnr, RCN - 01 Jun 1941

 

Kennedy, Henry McKee, A/Lt, RCNR - 31 Jul 1940

 

Koyl, Jack Earde, Lt, RCNVR - 23 Apr 1944

 

LaCouvee, Reginal James, Lt (E), RCNR - 02 Feb 1943

 

Lea, William Harold, Lt (SB), RCNVR - 20 May 1945

 

Leary, Jimmy, Tel - Aug 1944

 

MacDuff, Thomas, A/Lt, RCNR - 31 Jul 1940

 

MacDonnell, James Alastair, A/Lt, RCNR - 31 Jul 1940

 

MacMillan, Robert Laidlaw, Surg/Lt, RCNVR - 16 Mar 1943

 

Mann, Lawrence Edwin, Paym/Lt, RCNVR - 04 Jul 1944

 

Martinuk, Nick 

 

Massingham, Frederick Robert, Gnr, RCN - 01 Mar 1945

 

Matheison, Andrew Fraser, A/Wt (E), RCNR - 31 Jul 1940

 

Matthews, Francis Richard, Paym/Slt, RCNVR - 16 Apr 1941

McDonald, Glen, Lt, RCNR - 07 Jun 1943

 

McDowall, George, LS - Aug 1944

 

McGee, Thomas d'Arcy, Lt, RCNVR - Jan 1945

 

McIntosh, Benjamin Wilcox, Wt (E), RCN - 05 Jul 1944

 

NcNab, Robert -Sep 1940

 

Mills, James Gordon, Lt, RCNVR - 29 Mar 1944

 

Moist, Frederic Harold, A/Bosn, RCNVR - 18 Jun 1943

 

Murdoch, William - Sep 1940

 

Myers, Kay, AB - Aug 1944

 

Newill, Peter, Slt, RCNVR - 31 Mar 1943

 

Nott, Herbert Jessop, Lt (SB), RCNVR - 19 Jul 1943

 

Owen-Jones, Bertram Glyndwr Killeen, Skpr, RCNR - 06 Apr 1942

 

Park, Walter (Shag), AB - Aug 1944

 

Paul, Stewart, L/Coder - Aug 1944

 

Peters, Frederick Hatheway, Lt, RCNVR - 01 May 1945

 

Pinhorn, Vincent Gerald, Paym/Lt, RCNVR - 25 Mar 1941

 

Pretty, Jonathan Malcolm, Lt, RCNVR - 23 Feb 1942

 

Price, James Edwin, Slt, RCNVR - Jan 1945

 

Ramsay, Thomas Murdock, Lt (Temp), RCNVR - 06 Mar 1942

 

Reid, Andy, L/Sto - Aug 1944

 

Robb, Harry - Sep 1940

 

Robertson, John Ralph, Lt, RCNVR - 01 Feb 1945

 

Robinson, Bruce Edwin, A/Gnr (T), RCN - 12 Mar 1943

 

Robinson, Joseph Freeman, Lt, RCNVR - 31 May 1945

 

Rodwell, Frank Ernest Reid, Wt/Mech, RCN - 31 Jul 1940

 

Rooke, George Monroe, Lt, RCNVR - 31 Jul 1940

 

Smith, Eddie (Red), ERA - Aug 1944

 

Smythies, Dudley Raymond, A/Slt, RCNVR - 31 Jul 1940

 

Stevens, Gib, AB - Aug 1944

 

Suddick, Ronald B. - 1945

 

Sykes, Harry Lorne - 1943

 

Taylor, Edward Penniston, Lt, RCNVR - 02 Apr 1941

 

Tefler, Russell Bertrand, Slt, RCNVR - 20 Jul 1943

 

Tibbo, Gordon Tucker, Slt (E), RCNVR - 04 Apr 1941

 

Trimble, William Lt, RCNVR - 12 Feb 1945

 

Wareham, George Wilfred Norman, Chap Cl/III, RCN - 11 Jun 1945

 

Watts, Philip John Brown, A/Cdr, RCNVR - 07 Jun 1943

 

Weller, Charles Greenfield, Cdr, RCNR - 08 Feb 1944

 

Whitley, Donald Mark, Surg/Lt, RCNVR - 07 Jun 1943

 

Whittall, James William, Lt, RCNVR - 31 May 1945

 

Photos and Documents

 

RCN Memories

Flour Bombs Away!!

 

Links

HMCS Prince Robert Tribute

HMCS Prince Robert photographs - Canada at War

Personal photo gallery of Albert Osborne

Personal photo gallery of Armand Mitchell Girard

Personal photo gallery of Percy D'Aoust

Personal photo gallery of Roy Cardy

The Three Princes - The Legion Magazine

 

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