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A Royal Canadian Navy Historical Project


HMCS Renard S13


Launched: 1916

Commissioned: 27 May 1940

Paid off: 01 Aug 1944

Fate: Last reported in 1955 as a derelict vessel in Sydney Harbour, N.S. - final disposition unknown


Built by Bath Iron Works, Bath, ME, USA in 1916. In her prime, Renard had shown a turn of speed to match her destroyer-like appearance, but she was 24 years old when commissioned on 27 May 1940, at Halifax.  She left the following day for Quebec City for conversion and arming, returning on 03 Dec 1940 to Halifax, where she was assigned to Halifax Local Defence Force. In Apr 1942, she began a long refit at Liverpool, N.S., and Pictou, on completion of which in July she became a torpedo and gunnery training ship attached to HMCS Cornwallis, with torpedo tubes fitted for the purpose.  She moved with the establishment to Digby in Jul 1943, but returned that Nov 1943 to Halifax to serve as a torpedo-firing ship. Surveyed in 1944 and found not to be worth repairing, she was paid off on 01 Aug 1944. She was sold in 1945, purportedly to become a floating power plant for a Cape Breton mine, but was derelict at Sydney in 1955. Her specifications were: Length: 225 ft, Beam: 21 ft, Draught: 8 ft, Speed: 15 kts, Armament: 1-12pdr, 2-21" TT.


Commanding Officers

LCdr Norman Vincent Clark, RCNR - 27 May 1940 - unk

LCdr D.G. Jeffrey, RCNR - 02 Oct 1940 - unk

Mate John Herbert Maxner, RCNR - 28 Apr 1942 - unk

Mate H.A. Sowerbutts, RCNR - 09 Sep 1942 - unk


     In memory of those who have crossed the bar    

They shall not be forgotten


Former Crew Members

Atwood, Lorenzo Lysons, LCdr, RCNVR - 27 May 1940 / 27 Jun 1940


Anderson, Freeman hewitt, Skpr, RCNR - 15 Jul 1941


Burns, Robert, A/Wt (E), RCNR - 01 Jul 1940


Gagne, Marius Joseph Alfred, Skpr, RCNR, 22 Feb 1943

Gravel, Louis Jean Marie, Slt, RCNVR - 26 Jan 1943


Herdman, Robert, A/Lt (E), RCNR - 24 May 1940 (Stand by) / 27 May 1940


Joyce Hugh Kirkpatrick, Slt, RCNVR - 23 Mar 1942


LeBlanc, Wilfred - Dec 1940

Mott, Charles Atkins, Mate, RCNR - 27 May 1940


Saint Louis, Joseph Albert, A/Lt, RCNVR - Jan 1944


Stephens, Richard Edward, A/Wt (E), RCNR  - 26 Feb 1943


Stevens, William Bradfield, Slt, RCNVR



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