For Posterity's Sake         

A Royal Canadian Navy Historical Project



Then Peruvian Naval Ship ORGENOS

HMCS Provider with two motor launches on her starboard bow.

Source: RCN by Charles Dobie


Laid down: 1941

Launched: 1942

Commissioned: 01 Dec 1942

Paid off: 22 Mar 1946

Fate: Sold for scrap in 1961


Sister to Preserver, she was commissioned at Sorel on 01 Dec 1942, and arrived at Halifax on 14 Dec. Two flotillas of Fairmiles were to proceed to the Caribbean to alleviate a shortage of escorts there, and Provider was ordered south to be their base supply ship.  She accordingly sailed on 19 Jan 1943, but had to return owing to storm damage and sailed again ten days later, arriving at Trinidad on 20 Feb.  One Fairmile flotilla, the 73rd, joined her at Guantanamo, Cuba, proceeding with her in Mar to a new base at Key West. Returning to Halifax on 23 Apr, she was then assigned to Gaspé Force, arriving on 22 May, and subsequently transferred to Sept Iles, where  she remained from 29 Jun until Nov.  At the end of 1943 she proceeded to Halifax and thence to Bermuda to serve as base ship for the 70th and 78th Flotillas.  Provider returned to Halifax on 31 Jul 1944, but sailed again that Sep for Bermuda, where she was attached to the recently established base HMCS Somers Isle, until May 1945.  She then went to Halifax as base supply ship until she was paid off on 22 Mar 1946, to be sold later that year to Peruvian owners and renamed Maruba.  Subsequently acquired by the Peruvian Navy, she served as Orgenos until disposed of for scrap in 1961.


Commanding Officers

Cdr J.A. Heenan, OBE, RCNR - 01 Dec 1942 - 04 May 1943

LCdr William Haring Koughan, RCNR - 05 May 1943 - 03 Jul 1943

Cdr Edward George Skinner, DCS, RCNR - 04 Jul 1943 - 17 Nov 1943

A/Cdr T. Gilmour, RCNR - 18 Nov 1943 - 14 Feb 1945

Capt Louis Joseph Maurice Gauvreau, RCN - 15 Feb 1945 - 19 Nov 1945

LCdr D.G. King, RCN - 20 Nov 1945 - 22 Mar 1946


     In memory of those who have crossed the bar    

They shall not be forgotten


Burch, Walter Chester







Chidlow, James







Ferguson, William Irwin







Heenan, Joseph Alfred







McIntosh, John







Parker, Arthur Leonard


Petersen, Gordon John






Weinsheimer, Stanley Gilbert


Williams, Albert N.





 Former Crew Members

Bird, John Irvine, Lt, RCNVR - Jan 1945


Cairns, Thomas Gillone Shipley, Lt, RCNVR - 15 May 1943


Chisholm, Hugh Alexander, Surg Lt, RCNVR - 28 Jul 1943


Christensen, Henning Enevold, LCdr (E), RCNR - 06 Jul 1942


Coates, William Otty, Surg/Lt, RCNVR - 03 Jul 1944

Denny, Thomas Grant, LCdr, RCNVR - 29 Mar 1944


Dorman, Donald Bertram, Paym/Lt, RCNVR - 10 Jun 1943


Emmerson, Leonard Gordon, A/Wt (E), RCNR - 22 Jul 1944


MacDonald, Maurice John Lothian, Lt, RCNR - 04 May 1943


Olsen, Svend Oluf, Lt (E), RCNR - 13 May 1943

Revfem, Erik, Lt (E), RCNR - 10 Jul 1942 (Stand by)


Ross, Grant McGregor, Lt (S), RCNVR - 07 Apr 1945


Skinner, Frederick William Wt (E), RCNR - 07 Apr 1945


Wilson, William George, Lt, RCNR - 02 May 1945



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