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HMCS RENARD S13 / Z13

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

 

 

Photos and Documents

 

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