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A Royal Canadian Navy Historical Project

HMCS QUESNEL K133

 

HMCS Quesnel's

gun shield art

HMCS Quesnel K133, 10 Sep 1942

From the collection of Jim Silvester

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HMCS Quesnel's

Thunderbird

 

Laid down: 09 May 1940

Launched: 12 Nov 1940

Commissioned: 23 May 1941

Paid off: 03 Jul 1945

Fate: Broken up at Hamilton, Ont., in 1946

 

Named for the town of Quesnel, BC, she was built by Victoria Machinery Deport Co., Ltd, Victoria, BC and commissioned on 23 May 1941 at Esquimalt. She displaced 950 tons with a draught of  8'3" forward and 13' 5" aft when fully loaded. Her overall length was 205 feet with a beam of 33 feet. Her single steam reciprocating engine gave her a maximum speed of 16 knots. After her "shake down" cruise to Prince Rupert in June 1941, the remainder of the year was spent performing various duties such as ASW training, towing gunnery targets and providing sea training to junior officers from Royal Roads. Shortly after the attack on Pearl Harbor, the Quesnel was part of the rounding up of Japanese fishing vessels on the west coast of Vancouver Island. She also acted as a tender to the Battleship HMS Warspite when she was working up in the strait of Juan De Fuca and Nanoose Bay. In the spring of 1942, HMCS Quesnel carried out A/S patrols in the Strait of George and in Queen Charlotte and Millbank Sounds. She also provided protection to individual ships from US ports to Alaska. During this time HMCS Quesnel provided a screen to RMS Queen Elizabeth while she waited off Esquimalt for ideal tidal conditions to be dry docked in Feb 1942. In June 1942 HMCS Quesnel provided escort to the US tanker Lombardi, arriving in Kodiak, Alaska on 16 Jun 1942. En route back to Esquimalt, on 20 Jun 1942, she intercepted a message intended for HMCS Edmundston, requiring immediate assistance for the Fort Camosun, torpedoed by a Japanese submarine, position 47 22 N 125 30 W, approx 70 miles south west of cape Flattery. Several Canadian and US ships responded but Quesnel was first on the scene. On approaching the Fort Camosun HMCS Quesnel picked up a contact and delivered a depth charge attack. Visible results were negative and contact was not regained. The entire crew of Fort Camosun, 51 men, were rescued by HMCS Quesnel. With the assistance of HMCS Edmundston, HMCS Vancouver and tugs, the Fort Camosun was brought to anchor in Neah Bay for pumping out before eventually making to to Esquimalt for repairs. The balance of the summer of 1942 was spent on A/S patrol and intercepting unidentified ships in BC waters. On 13 Sep 1942, HMCS Quesnel, in company with HMCS Timmins, HMCS Dundas, HMCS Edmundston and HMCS new Westminster departed Esquimalt for Halifax via the Panama Canal. She arrived in Halifax on 13 Oct 1942 and was assigned to Western Local Escort Force until Jun 1944. On 11 and 12 May 1943, while escorting convoy ON-180, Quesnel gained a contact. A depth charge attack was made but no further contact was made. With the division of the force into escort groups in Jun 1943, she became a member of EG W-1. During this period she underwent a refit, including fo'c's'le extension, from early Sep to 23 Dec 1943, at Pictou. This refit was followed by workups in St. Margaret's Bay and Bermuda. In Jun 1944 Quesnel joined Quebec Force and spent five months escorting Labrador-Quebec convoys. In Nov 1944 she was transferred to Halifax Force, going to Sydney for refit and, on completion late in Jan 1945, to Bermuda for workups. She resumed escort duty late in Mar 1945, temporarily attached to EG W-5 and W-8 of WLEF until the end of the war. While escorting her final convoy, HX-335, HMCS Quesnel rescued 17 of the crew from the damaged Esso Pitsburg on 12 May 1945, arriving at Halifax on 25 May 1945. On 07 Jun 1945, she landed her ammunition at Shelburne, NS and two days later arrived at Sydney, NS to de-store. HMCS Quesnel then proceeded to Sorel, Quebec where she was paid off on 03 Jul 1945. She was sold on 05 Oct 1945 to the United Steel and Metal Company, Hamilton, Ont., and was broken up there in 1946. During her time escorting convoys in the Atlantic, HMCS Quesnel participated in 48 convoys and made ports of call at Goose Bay, Labrador; St. John's, Nfld; Sydney, NS; Halifax, NS; Saint John, NB; Boston, Mass; New York, NY; and several ports in Quebec.

 

Commanding Officers

Lt John Alexander Gow, RCNR - 23 May 1941 - 04 Mar 1942

Lt Albert Elliott Gough, RCNR - 05 Mar 1942 - 03 Apr 1942

Lt John Alexander Gow, RCNR - 04 Apr 1942 - 16 Nov 1942

Lt Murdo Smith, RCNR - 17 Nov 1942 - 11 Apr 1943

Lt John Mackay Laing, RCNR - 12 Apr 1943 - 03 Jul 1945

 

     In memory of those who have crossed the bar    

They shall not be forgotten

A-B

Ball, Clayton

____-____

Listed on Quesnel's Sep 1944 crew list as an AB, Radar3

Bosma, Donald John

1917-2011

Served in Quensel as a SD

Boyd, Gerald

1923-1992

Listed on Quesnel's Sep 1944 crew list as a L/Sto

Brown, Charles McGillivray, RCNR

1920-2006

Drafted to Quesnel K133 on 10 Feb 1942 as a Slt, RCNR

Burton, George Robert

1912-1981

 

C-D

Christopher, Roye Joseph Howard

1918-2009

Listed on Quesnel's Sep 1944 crew list as an Able Seaman

Connolly, Edwin Cuthbert

____-2007

Drafted to Quesnel 13 Mar 1944 as Lt, RCNVR

Dorland, Carl Frederick

____-2014

Douty, Robert Percy Joel

____-____

Drafted to Quesnel 22 May 1942 as Lt, RCNVR

 

E-F

Freeman, David Henry

1912-2001

 

 

 

 

G-H

Giles, Milton

____-____

Godfrey, William

____-____

Served in Quesnel 1943-1944. Listed on Quesnel's Sep 1944 crew list as a LSST

Holland, Robert Samuel

1923-2013

Listed on Quesnel's Sep 1944 crew list as an Able Seaman

 

 

I-J

Jeffries, Albert James

1924-2015

Listed on Quesnel's Sep 1944 crew list as an Able Seaman

 

 

 

 

K-L

Kett, Robert

____-____

Listed on Quesnel's Sep 1944 crew list as ABQR3

Knott, Ernie

____-____

Listed on Quesnel's Sep 1944 crew list as LS, Radar3

Laing, John Mackay

____-____

5th Commanding Officer

Larusson, M.

____-____

Listed on Quesnel's Sep 1944 crew list as LS A/S

Lundahl, Len Edward

1921-2010

Served on Quesnel 09 Jun 1944 - 02 Jun 1945 as an ERA

M-N

Mahoney, J

____-____

Listed on Quesnel's Sep 1944 crew list as AB, Radar3

McBride, Dale

____-____

Listed on Quesnel's Sep 1944 crew list as an Able Seaman

McCarron, Silverius James

1921-2011

Listed on Quesnel's Sep 1944 crew list as a Leading Seaman

McLennan, Donald Roy

1926-2004

Served in Quesnel 14 Dec 1944 - May 1945

Milledge, John Ruben

____-1995

Drafted to Quesnel 17 Apr 1943 as Lt, RCNVR, XO. Listed in Sep 1944 crew list.

Moore, D.

____-____

Listed on Quesnel's Sep 1944 crew list as an Able Seaman

Mousseau, L.

____-____

Listed on Quesnel's Sep 1944 crew list as an Able Seaman

Neufeld, Eddie

____-____

Listed on Quesnel's Sep 1944 crew list as AB, A/S

 

 

Q-R

Quick, John

____-____

Listed on Quesnel's Sep 1944 crew list as an Able Seaman

 

 

 

 

S-T

Smith, Murdo

____-1944

4th Commanding Officer

See HMCS West York

Swonnell, Horace Walter Edwin

1912-2000

Trawick, Howard Wilson

____-2002

Served in Quesnel as a Submarine Detector

Twiss, Roger Quintin

1922-2014

Served in Quesnel as an Able Seaman

 

W-X

Walsh, ____

____-____

Listed on Quesnel's Sep 1944 crew list as an Able Seaman

 

 

 

 

Ship's Mascots

 

 

 

 

Mr. Chips

____-____

 

 

 

 

 

Former Crew Members

 

SP42 = Ship's Company Photo circa 1942      SC44 = Nominal list dated Sep 1944

Agland (Acland), William (Bill), Sig - Feb 1942

 

Alberts, ERA (SC44)


Asseltine, AB (SP42 / SC44)

 

Balbar, Frank

 

Ball, C.  (SP42)

 

Barrett, A/S

 

Bawden, Bud

 

Beaver, Sam

 

Bedford, Charlie - (SP42 / SC44)


Berube, L/CK (SP42 / SC44)

 

Bloomfield, Harry, Sig

 

Bourne, N.L., AB - 1941


Boyle, AB (SC44)

 

Bradley, Ken


Bremner, Stwd (SP42 / SC44)


Brown, Lt (SC44)

 

Brown, George Henry, Lt, RCNVR - 10 Jul 1944

 

Cannon, William Reagh, Slt, RCNVR - 23 May 1941 / 26 Jul 1943

 

Carnegie, AB, Radar 3 (SP42 / SC44)

 

Charlton, John Henry, A/Lt, RCNVR - 04 May 1945

 

Chase, Harry., AB, AA3 (SP42 / SC44)


Collins, E., AB, A/S (SP42 / SC44)

 

Corrie, EA, (SC44)

 

Davis, James Sinclair (Foghorn), Lt, RCNVR - 23 May 1941

 

Dawson, "Duke" - Dec 1941

 

Donaldson, Sto (SC44)

 

Donnet, A.


Duggan, Robert (Bob), AB, LR3 (SP42 / SC44)


Edmonds, Tel (SP42 / SC44)


Forbes, AB, Coder (SP42 / SC44)

 

Godfrey, Bill - 1943-1944

 

Gow, John Alexander, Lt, RCNR - 22 Apr 1941 (Stand by) CO / 23 May 1941

 

Graham, AB, A/S (SC44)

Grant, PO, LTO (SP42 / SC44)

 

Grozdanich, B., AB (SP42 / SC44)

 

Hambelton, L/Sto (SC44)

 

Hanna, VA (SP42 / SC44)


Hayes, William, AB, LR3 (SP42 / SC44)

 

Healy, Ed, QR3 - Dec 1941


Healy G., L/Coder 1942 - 1944 (SP42 / SC44)

 

Herbert, F.M., AB - 1941

 

Healy, Coder - 1942 


Hewlko, Frank, AB, AA3 (SP42 / SC44)

 

Hick, A.S., OS - 1941

 

Hill, Tom

 

Huculak, Walter, Slt (El), RCNVR - 29 Feb 1944

 

Jamieson, ERA (SC44)

 

Karr, W.E., Engineer Officer (SP42 / SC44)


Kaul, Sto (SC44)


Keating, SPO (SP42 / SC44)

 

Kennedy, A.Z., OS - 1941

 

Kennedy, J., AB - 1941

 

Kincaid, John, Mate, RCNR - 23 May 1941

 

Kitchener, Ronald, Slt, RCNVR - 01 Mar 1944 / Lt, RCNVR (SP42 / SC44)

 

Lucas, L/TO

 

Marano, LS, HSD (SC44)

 

Maubert, H.A. - Dec 1941 - 1944


Mayo, SPO (SP42 / SC44)

 

McCallum, Colin, Slt, RCNVR - 11 May 1942

 

McCormick (McCormack?), AB, A/S (SP42 / SC44)


McDonald, AB, Coder (SC44)


McDonald, AB, Radar 3 (SC44)


McEwan, SPO (SP42 / SC44)

 

McKeown, Jack, Cox'n - 1941 - 1942

 

McNeil, Stwd (SC44)

 

Middleton, Eddie

 

Mohr, L.A., AB - 1941

 

Montgomery, L.J., AB - 1941

Moore, L.G., OS - 1941

 

Morfoot (Moorfoot), Tommy, AB (SP42 / SC44)

 

Morton, PO Yeoman of Signals (SP42 / SC44)

 

Motley, Dave C., AB - 1941


Moynaugh, T., SPO (SP42 / SC44)


Mudi, Sig (SC44)


Mullins, Sto (SC44)


Murphy, E.P., Tel - Dec 1941 / (SC44)


Murray, Harding, LS, A/S (SP42 / SC44)


Nedford, LS (SC44)


Noble S., AB, AA3 (SP42 / SC44)

 

Paget, T., AB, Radar 3 (SP42 / SC44)


Parker, Sig (SC44)

 

Pettit, P., OS - 1941

 

Phillips, A.G.


Porier, G., AB (SP42 / SC44)


Porter, L/Sto (SC44)


Poulton, AB (SP42 / SC44)

 

Proudfoot, Arthur James, Skpr, RCNR - 11 Apr 1942

 

Retallick, J., Sto - Dec 1941

 

Ritchie, Slt, (SP42 / SC44)


Robbins, O., AB (SP42 / SC44)

 

Robinson, Stoker - 1942


Roche, B., AB (SP42 / SC44)

 

Ruttan, John Graham, Slt, RCNVR - 07 Mar 1942

 

Silvester, Jim C., AB/LS/PO2, QR2, RCNVR - 06 Oct 1941 - 07 Sep 1944 (SC44)

 

Simpson, K, ABST (SC44)

 

Simpson, Tommy - 1944

 

Slessor, J., AA - 1941 - 1942


Smith, ABST (SC44)

 

Stevens, C.


Symington, CERA (SP42 / SC44)

 

Voll, L/Writer (SP42 / SC44)


Wall, Sto 1c (SC44)

 

Links

Personal photo gallery for Jim Silvester

Ship's company photos for HMCS Quesnel

Wartime dairy of Jim Silvester

What happened to HMCS Quesnel's Thunderbird?

 

Photos and Documents (below)

 

HMCS Quesnel's bell

From the collection of Jim Silvester

Courtesy of Jim Silvester

 

Bill Godfrey posing with the gun shield art on HMCS Quesnel, Jan 1943

From the collection of Jim Silvester

Courtesy of Jim Silvester

Gun shield art on HMCS Quesnel.

 Jim Silvester designed and painted the eagle insignia while serving in HMCS Quesnel. It was the crew's intention to paint this on Quesnel's gun shield, but this didn't happen.

From the collection of Jim Silvester

Courtesy of Jim Silvester

HMCS Quesnel "under the White Ensign"

From the collection of Jim Silvester

Courtesy of Jim Silvester

Looking aft on HMCS Quesnel K133

From the collection of Jim Silvester

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After deck on HMCS Quesnel K133

From the collection of Jim Silvester

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On Parade in Victoria, BC, 1941

From the collection of Jim Silvester

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HMCS Quesnel K133

From the collection of Donald McLennan

Courtesy of Darrin Starchuk

Donald Roy McLennan (on the right holding the coke bottle) and his shipmates on HMCS Quesnel K133

From the collection of Donald McLennan

Courtesy of Darrin Starchuk

HMCS Quesnel K133 (foreground) with a merchant ship off in the distance

From the collection of Donald McLennan

Courtesy of Darrin Starchuk

Crew members of HMCS Quesnel K133

From the collection of Donald McLennan

Courtesy of Darrin Starchuk

Two of HMCS Quesnel's crew ashore in New York

From the collection of Donald McLennan

Courtesy of Darrin Starchuk

HMCS Quesnel K133

From the collection of Jim Silvester

Courtesy of Jim Silvester

Jack McKeown on HMCS Quesnel K133

From the collection of Jim Silvester

Courtesy of Jim Silvester

"Tex" and "Cox'n" jacking around on HMCS Quesnel K133

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L/TO Lucas and mascots on HMCS Quesnel K133, Sep 1941

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HMCS Quesnel's mascots

From the collection of Jim Silvester

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Jim Silvester by the 4-inch gun on HMCS Quesnel

From the collection of Jim Silvester

Courtesy of Jim Silvester


HMCS Quesnel in rough seas in the Hecate Strait off the Queen Charlotte Islands, BC

From the collection of Jim Silvester

Courtesy of Jim Silvester

HMCS Quesnel's Thunderbird

 

  

 

During the storm in Hecate Strait and the skipper pulled into Alert Bay. While there, a couple of ratings went ashore and came back with this Thunderbird which came off an Indian grave. It was in pretty bad shape with a lot of worm holes and the wings were missing Our Engine room crew made new wings and repainted it as close to the colours that were on it. The Thunderbird remained with Quesnel the rest of the war. After the war she was paid off but we don't know what happened to it after that. It would be nice if we could find it again and return it to the grave it came from.

 

           

 

Photos and newspaper articles on HMCS Quesnel's Thunderbird (above)

 

 

Ball, Godfrey, Mahoney, Collins, Christopher and Asseltine with Quesnel's Thunderbird

 

Unknown, Parker, Morton, Connolly, Mudi, Forbes, Graham, Healey with Quesnel's Thunderbird

 

ASDIC rates

Murray, Neufeld, Collins, Marano, Graham, McCormick, Larusson

 

Officers

Connolly, Brown, Ritchie, Laing (CO), Milledge (XO), Kitchener, Karr

 

SPOs and ERAs

Keating, Grant, Moynaugh, Morton, Symington, Lundhal, Mayo, Curry, McEwan

Moore, C. Ball, Asseltine, unknown, McCarron, P. Marano, McCormick with Quesnel's Thunderbird

 

From the collection of Jim Silvester

Courtesy of Jim Silvester

HMCS Quesnel's jacket patch

From the collection of Jim Silvester

Courtesy of Jim Silvester

 

 

Battleship HMS Warspite at the Nanoose Bay range, BC.

Photos taken from HMCS Quesnel while she was tender to HMS Warspite

From the collection of Jim Silvester

Courtesy of Jim Silvester

CPR's "pocket liner" Princess Alice

Photo taken from HMCS Quesnel

From the collection of Jim Silvester

Courtesy of Jim Silvester

RMS Queen Elizabeth

 

        

 

Photos taken from HMCS Quesnel. HMCS Quesnel was screening the Queen Elizabeth while she waited for the right tide conditions to enter dry dock.

From the collection of Jim Silvester

Courtesy of Jim Silvester

HMCS Quesnel at Bamfield Bay with seized Japanese fishing trawlers, Dec 1941

From the collection of Jim Silvester

Courtesy of Jim Silvester


4-inch gun of HMCS Quesnel

From the collection of Jim Silvester

Courtesy of Jim Silvester

Barrett, A/S on HMCS Quesnel

From the collection of Jim Silvester

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Bill Agland on the Twin .5s on HMCS Quesnel, Feb 1942

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Jack McKeown on HMCS Quesnel, Aug 1942

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Les, Bob and ? on HMCS Quesnel K133

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Gas Mask Drill on HMCS Quesnel K133

From the collection of Jim Silvester

Courtesy of Jim Silvester

Jack McKeown, Cox'n, HMCS Quesnel K133

From the collection of Jim Silvester

Courtesy of Jim Silvester

 

Heading out and returning from manouvers

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Courtesy of Jim Silvester

A few photos of unknown sailors on HMCS Quesnel K133

 

           

 

From the collection of Jim Silvester

Courtesy of Jim Silvester

Twin .5 on HMCS Quesnel

From the collection of Jim Silvester

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Frank Balbar on HMCS Quesnel

From the collection of Jim Silvester

Courtesy of Jim Silvester

Dave Motley

From the collection of Jim Silvester

Courtesy of Jim Silvester

Dave Motley in Forward Stores

From the collection of Jim Silvester

Courtesy of Jim Silvester

Unknown sailor in forward stores on HMCS Quesnel K133

From the collection of Jim Silvester

Courtesy of Jim Silvester

Bill Godfrey and Frank Grant on the fo'c's'le of HMCS Quesnel

From the collection of Jim Silvester

Courtesy of Jim Silvester

J. Retallick, Sto, E.P. Murphy, Tel and "Duke" Dawson on HMCS Quesnel, Dec 1941

From the collection of Jim Silvester

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Looking down starboard side on HMCS Quesnel K133

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Courtesy of Jim Silvester

Looking after on HMCS Quesnel K133

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Bud Bawden and Jim Silvester

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H.A. Maubert on HMCS Quesnel, Dec 1941

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Signalmen Harry Bloomfield and Les on HMCS Quesnel

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Ernie Knott and Bud Bawden on HMCS Quesnel

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Ed Healy QR3, Don Bosma A/S, Jack McKeown Cox'n on HMCS Quesnel K133

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HMCS Quesnel's Starboard Oerlikon firing

From the collection of Jim Silvester

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HMCS Quesnel's After Oerlikon

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Lt John Mackay Laing, Commanding Officer, HMCS Quesnel by the 4-inch gun

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Mr. Chips - Mascot of HMCS Quesnel

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Smoke Float

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HMCS Quesnel laying a smoke screen

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"To Kodiak Alaska"

HMCS Quesnel, 16 Jun 1942

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HMCS Quesnel (foreground) escorting the US tanker Lombardi to Kodiak, Alaska

From the collection of Jim Silvester

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Rescuing the crew of the Fort Camosun, 20 Jun 1942. All 52 crew were in these 2 lifeboat

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Doswell and Lucas on HMCS Quesnel

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A. Donnet, C. Stevens and Robert Holland painting the funnel on HMCS Quesnel

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Bud Bawden and Ernie Knott going up the stick on HMCS Quesnel

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E. Healy and J. Slessor AA, practice kite flying from the stern of HMCS Quesnel, Jan 1942

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HMCS Quesnel, 10 Sep 1942, Position: 49.00 N / 126.03W

From the collection of Jim Silvester

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HMCS Quesnel K133 heading south - 13 Sep 1942

From the collection of Jim Silvester

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The transit from Esquimalt to Halifax

HMCS Quesnel entering San Diego, California, 18 Sep 1942

From the collection of Jim Silvester

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The transit from Esquimalt to Halifax

HMCS Quesnel entering Manzanillo, Mexico, 25 Sep 1942

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The transit from Esquimalt to Halifax

HMCS Quesnel, Balboa, Panama, 03 Oct 1942

From the collection of Jim Silvester

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Dugan, Jim Silvester, Jeffries somewhere down south

From the collection of Jim Silvester

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HMCS Quesnel's 4-inch gun

 

     

 

From the collection of Jim Silvester

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HMCS Quesnel's twin Lewis Machine gun

From the collection of Jim Silvester

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Tommy Simpson on HMCS Quesnel

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Courtesy of Jim Silvester

Ken Bradley, Tommy Simpson and Bob Holland painting the gun deck on HMCS Quesnel

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Ernie Knott on HMCS Quesnel K133

From the collection of Jim Silvester

Courtesy of Jim Silvester

Escorts returning from convoy duty, Nov 1942

From the collection of Jim Silvester

Courtesy of Jim Silvester

HMCS Quesnel iced up after returning from convoy duty, Dec 1942

 

           

 

(1) 4-inch  gun (2) the Bridge  (3) Lt Douty by the 4-inch gun  (4) the 12-pounder gun  (5) Starboard side just forward of the bridge, facing aft  (6) the 4-inch gun  (7) Jim with ice-up seaboat

 

               

 

(8) Bud Bawden  (9) Bridge and gun deck  (10) E. Neufeld sitting on the 4-inch gun  (11) R. Christopher ??  (12) Bill Hayes  (13) Starboard side looking aft  (14) Bill Hayes  (15) Bill Godfrey  (16) Bill Godfrey

 

             

 

(17) Bridge  (18) Jim Silvester  (19) Bridge and fo'c's'le, photo taken from ship alongside  (20) Bridge and fo'c's'le, photo taken from ship alongside  (21) Harry Bloomfield by an ice covered signal light  (22) Bud Bawden and Bill Hayes  (23) Starbaord side, looking aft  (24) Bill Godfrey

 

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Eddie Middleton on HMCS Quesnel K133

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H. Maubert on HMCS Quesnel K133

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Coder G. Healy, R. Nixon and H. Bloomfield in Communication Mess on HMCS Quesnel K133

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R. Nixon in the Communication Mess on HMCS Quesnel K133

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Simpson and Godfrey on HMCS Quesnel, Jan 1943

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Paget on HMCS Quesnel K133, Jan 1943

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Paget on HMCS Quesnel K133

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Godfrey ashore in Pictou, NS, Oct 1943

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British sub at Pictou, NS - Mar 1942

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(L-R) Godfrey, McCarron, Bill Murray and unknown woman. Place unknown

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Wight, Richmond, Knott, MacKay, Sheddon, Healy on HMCS Quesnel K133

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Cameron Poulton and Paget on HMCS Quesnel K133

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Cameron Poulton on HMCS Quesnell K133

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(Back) Jack McKeown  (Front) Jack, Les Lucas, Bill on HMCS Quesnel K133

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Seamen's Mess on HMCS Quesnel

H. Maubert on Guitar, R. Mousseau and Jim Silvester on Harmonica and MacKay in front

(Note: tag on photo says Bill Godfrey - this was corrected by Jim Silvester)

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Seamen's Mess on HMCS Quesnel

Mackay, H. Maubert, Mousseau and Jim Silvester

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Jim Silvester, Central Park, New York, NY

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Bill Godfrey in New York, NY

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Gabby Grozdanich (left) and Gene Porier (right) in New York

From the collection of Jim Silvester

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The Ace Club, Bermuda, Feb 1944

From the collection of Jim Silvester

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St. Georges, Bermuda - 03 Feb 1944

From the collection of Jim Silvester

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HMCS Quesnel K133 transiting the Cape Cod Canal - Feb 1944

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Quebec City, Feb 1944

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Charlie Bedford, Bill Godfrey and Harry Chase on HMCS Quesnel, Halifax, Mar 1944

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Bill Godfrey, Jim Silvester, Charlie Bedford on HMCS Quesnel, Halifax, Mar 1944

From the collection of Jim Silvester

Courtesy of Jim Silvester

Albert Jeffries, Bob Duggan, Jim McCarron

From the collection of Jim Silvester

Courtesy of Jim Silvester

Unknown sailor on HMCS Quesnel

From the collection of Jim Silvester

Courtesy of Jim Silvester

TheresŤ and Bob Kett in Quebec

From the collection of Jim Silvester

Courtesy of Jim Silvester

Bob Kett, Bill Godfrey, Jim Silvester

From the collection of Jim Silvester

Courtesy of Jim Silvester

Front: (L-R) Mac MacCarron and Bob Duggan, Rear: (L-R) Tommy Simpson, A. Jeffries, Ernie Knott, Hamilton, Bermuda, 02 Jun 1944

From the collection of Jim Silvester

Courtesy of Jim Silvester


Escorting a convoy in the Strait of Belle Isle to Goose Bay, Jun 1944

From the collection of Jim Silvester

Courtesy of Jim Silvester

Ice Flows

From the collection of Jim Silvester

Courtesy of Jim Silvester

 

Icebergs in Forteau Bay, Labrador, 21 Jun 1944

From the collection of Jim Silvester

Courtesy of Jim Silvester

Icebergs of Newfoundland

 

     

 

From the collection of Jim Silvester

Courtesy of Jim Silvester

"Mouse" Mousseau on HMCS Quesnel K133

From the collection of Jim Silvester

Courtesy of Jim Silvester

E. Knott, A. Philips, S. Boroviak, E. Neufeld on HMCS Quesnel K133

From the collection of Jim Silvester

Courtesy of Jim Silvester

E. Neufled, S. Boroviak, E. Knott, A. Philips on HMCS Quesnel K133

From the collection of Jim Silvester

Courtesy of Jim Silvester

Knott, Dugan, "Newfie", Philips on HMCS Quesnel K133

From the collection of Jim Silvester

Courtesy of Jim Silvester

Bob Dugan, Philips on HMCS Quesnel K133

From the collection of Jim Silvester

Courtesy of Jim Silvester

Bob Kett

From the collection of Jim Silvester

Courtesy of Jim Silvester

Jim Silvester, Frank Hewlko and Adeline Bubella, US Wave

From the collection of Jim Silvester

Courtesy of Jim Silvester

Clarke, Knott, Grant, Bolding, Cairn, Bawden, Johnson

From the collection of Jim Silvester

Courtesy of Jim Silvester

A.G. Phillips on HMCS Quesnel

From the collection of Jim Silvester

Courtesy of Jim Silvester

Bill Godfrey on HMCS Quesnel, Jun 1944

From the collection of Jim Silvester

Courtesy of Jim Silvester

Howie Trawick on HMCS Quesnel K133

From the collection of Jim Silvester

Courtesy of Jim Silvester

Bill Hayes on HMCS Quesnel K133

From the collection of Jim Silvester

Courtesy of Jim Silvester

HMCS Quesnel K133 in Cullingham Sound, Labrador, Aug 1944

From the collection of Jim Silvester

Courtesy of Jim Silvester

HMCS Quesnel launches a depth charge from the port thrower, 02 Nov 1944

 

     

 

From the collection of Jim Silvester

Courtesy of Jim Silvester

Unknown sailor on HMCS Quesnel

From the collection of Stan Noble

Courtesy of Jim Silvester

Dale McBride and L/Sto Porter

From the collection of Stan Noble

Courtesy of Jim Silvester

Knobby Clark on HMCS Quesnel

From the collection of Stan Noble

Courtesy of Jim Silvester

"Moon" Mullins and Stwd McNeil on HMCS Quesnel

From the collection of Stan Noble

Courtesy of Jim Silvester

Tommy Morfoot on HMCS Quesnel

From the collection of Stan Noble

Courtesy of Jim Silvester

VE Day 1945, HMCS Quesnel

Stan Noble at US Staten Island Frontier Naval Base, New York

From the collection of Stan Noble

Courtesy of Jim Silvester

Frank Hewlko

From the collection of Stan Noble

Courtesy of Jim Silvester

Stan Noble and "Minty" Larusson

From the collection of Stan Noble

Courtesy of Jim Silvester

Eddie Neufeld, Harding Murray, McDonald, Bremner

From the collection of Stan Noble

Courtesy of Jim Silvester

Clayton Ball and Ernie Knott with Quesnel's Thunderbird

From the collection of Stan Noble

Courtesy of Jim Silvester

P. Marano, Moore, Asseltine, R.Duggan

From the collection of Stan Noble

Courtesy of Jim Silvester

McCarron on HMCS Quesnel

From the collection of Jim Silvester

Courtesy of Jim Silvester

Simpson

From the collection of Jim Silvester

Courtesy of Jim Silvester

Duggan

From the collection of Jim Silvester

Courtesy of Jim Silvester

Hayes and Godfrey

From the collection of Jim Silvester

Courtesy of Jim Silvester

Boat's crew

Mousseau and John (Jack) Quick

From the collection of Jim Silvester

Courtesy of Jim Silvester

Boat's crew pulling past a smoke float dropped by an aircraft

From the collection of Jim Silvester

Courtesy of Jim Silvester

Mousseau and John Quick, Labrador

From the collection of Jim Silvester

Courtesy of Jim Silvester

Stan Noble stand Quartermaster duty

From the collection of Jim Silvester

Courtesy of Jim Silvester

HMCS Quesnel alongside Goose Bay, Labrador

From the collection of Jim Silvester

Courtesy of Jim Silvester

CERA moving the Thunderbird.  Bud Bawden above the CERA.

The CERA was a relief from the East coast

From the collection of Jim Silvester

Courtesy of Jim Silvester

Robert Robbins on the lamp

From the collection of Jim Silvester

Courtesy of Jim Silvester

Vickaryous and his new wife

From the collection of Jim Silvester

Courtesy of Jim Silvester

Sam Beaver and "Floof"

From the collection of Jim Silvester

Courtesy of Jim Silvester


"A Bucking Bronco" and "Riding them hard"

From the collection of Frank Hewlko

Courtesy of Jim Silvester

Bridge of HMCS Quesnel

From the collection of Frank Hewlko

Courtesy of Jim Silvester

HMCS Quesnel refuelling in the North Atlantic

From the collection of Frank Hewlko

Courtesy of Jim Silvester

Convoy HX.292, NYC to Liverpool, departed New York City on 19 May 1944 with 132 ships and 7 escorts. At the time it was the biggest convoy of the war (a later convoy had 166 ships).  Other escorts joined a few days later, but until they joined on the 21st, HMCS Vancouver, HMCS Chicoutimi, HMCS Portage, HMCS Kamsack, HMCS The Pas, HMCS Buctouche and HMCS Quesnel were responsible for the protection of this massive convoy.

From the collection of Frank Hewlko

Courtesy of Jim Silvester

Gun and bridge of HMCS Quesnel. Note the Thunderbird on the mast in front of the crow's nest.

From the collection of Jim Silvester

Courtesy of Jim Silvester

HMCS Kamloops K176  (left) and HMCS Swift Current J254 seen from HMCS Quesnel K133

From the collection of Jim Silvester

Courtesy of Jim Silvester

The end is near

Quesnel in Sorel after being paid off

 

Note that the Thunderbird is gone from the mast

 

From the collection of Jim Silvester

Courtesy of Jim Silvester

Lift raft signal flare from HMCS Quesnel K133

From the collection of Milton Giles

Courtesy of Kurtis Giles

 

 

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