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HMCS RIVIERE DU LOUP K357

Then Dominican Navy Vessel JUAN BAUTISTA MAGGIOLO (1947)

HMCS Riviere du Loup K357

From the collection of Arthur Siddall

Courtesy of Ray Parker

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Laid down: 05 Jan 1943

Launched: 02 Jul 1943

Commissioned: 21 Nov 1943

Paid off: 02 Jul 1945

Sold: 1947 to Dominican Navy. Commissioned as Juan Bautista Maggiolo

Paid off: 

Fate: Broken up in 1972

 

Built at Quebec City, she was commissioned there on 21 Nov 1943. She arrived at Halifax on 18 Dec1943 requiring a month's repairs. She carried out working-up exercises in Bermuda early in Feb 1943, returning on 18 Feb 1943 to complete the exercises in St. Margaret's Bay. Continuing mechanical problems necessitated further repairs, which continued at Halifax until early in Aug 1943. Having lost most of her original crew during this period, she had to return to Bermuda to work up again. Early in Sep 1944, Riviere du Loup returned to Halifax and joined EG W-3, WEF. In Oct 1944 she was assigned to EG C-3 and left St. John's on 13 Nov 1944 to pick up her first transatlantic convoy, HX.319. On arrival in the U.K., still dogged by troubles, she underwent a month's repairs at Belfast. 

 

On 10 Jan 1945, forty-seven sailors on HMCS Riviere-du-Loup refused to turn to for duty. 

 

The following  is from the book "Mutiny and the Royal Canadian Navy" by Christopher M. Bell - "The most serious wartime mutiny, if judged by the punishments handed out, took place during the final year of the war in the corvette HMCS Rivière-du-Loup , also attached to the Western Approaches command. The ship had been an unhappy one for some time, and the executive officer was especially unpopular with the crew, who had little respect for his professional abilities. When the ship’s captain, Lieutenant R.N. Smillie, RCNVR, went into hospital to have an infected hand treated, men became alarmed by rumours that the first lieutenant would be taking the ship to sea the following day. On the morning of 10 January 1945, forty seven sailors refused to turn in for duty and instead locked themselves in the forward mess. Smillie rushed back to the ship but was unable to gain access to the mutineers. Rear-Admiral R.H.L. Bevan, the Flag-Officer-in-Charge, Northern Ireland, decided to wait matters out rather than attempt to force entry into the mess deck. The mutineers surrendered several hours later and were escorted ashore. They left behind a long list of complaints to justify their action. The most serious charge, that senior officers (and especially the first lieutenant) were incapable of properly handling the ship, was clearly what had triggered the mutiny. Other complaints, which undoubtedly contributed to the men’s general discontent, were presumably added to the list to bolster their case for mutiny. These included excessive drinking by officers, the use of foul language to address ratings, and other disrespectful behaviour. The subsequent board of enquiry blamed the incident primarily on ‘injudicious and tactless handling of the ratings by the Executive Officer’, and the crew’s concerns about his competence. Both the captain and the first lieutenant were relieved of their duties. Petty officers and leading seamen were reprimanded for failing ‘to notice trouble brewing’ and were drafted to other ships. Forty-four of the 47 mutineers were sentenced to terms of between 42 and 90 days in Belfast Gaol."

 

Riviere-de-Loup's career as a mid-ocean escort ended with her arrival at Halifax late in May 1945, from convoy ON.304, and she was paid off on 02 Jul 1945 and placed in reserve at Sorel. In 1947 she was sold to the Dominican Navy and renamed Juan Bautista Maggiolo. She was broken up in 1972.

 

Commanding Officers

Lt Raymond Nelson Smillie, RCNVR - 21 Nov 1943 - 20 Jun 1944

Lt Raymond Nelson Smillie, RCNVR - 19 Jul 1944 - 08 Jan 1945

LCdr Frederick Robb Knyvet Naftel, RCNVR -  09 Jan 1945 - 25 Jan 1945

Lt Richard Dale Weldon, RCNVR - 26 Jan 1945 - 02 Jul 1945

 

     In memory of those who have crossed the bar    

They shall not be forgotten

E-F

Eby, Robert V.

1921-2008

Served in Riviere-du-Loup as a Slt, RCNVR

 

 

 

 

G-H

Graham, Cecil Charles

1921-2002

 

 

 

 

K-L

Katzko, Michael Alexander

____-2004

 

 

 

 

M-N

Newman, William R.

____-1999

 

 

 

 

S-T

Siddall, Arthur Charles

1922-2011

St-Arneault, Roland Joseph

1921-2010

 

 

 

W-X-Y-Z

Young, Frederick Lloyd

____-1993

 

 

 

 

 

Former Crew Members

Keough, Emment James, Slt, RCNVR - 16 Apr 1944

 

Mills, James Muir, Slt, RCNVR - 27 Apr 1945

 

Smith, James Douglas, Slt, RCNVR - 29 Jan 1945

Smillie, Raymond Nelson, Lt, RCNVR - 18 Feb 1944

 

Stewart, James Frederick, Lt, RCNVR - 07 Apr 1945

 

Watkins, David Lloyd, Slt, RCNVR -30 Jun 1944

Weldon, Richard Dale, Lt, RCNVR - Jan 1945

 

Wismer, William Miller, Slt, RCNVR - 24 Jul 1944

 

Young, Thomas, Lt, RCNVR - Jan 1945

 

Photos and Documents

 

Links

Personal photo gallery of Arthur Siddall

Ship's company photos for HMCS Riviere du Loup

 

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