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A Royal Canadian Navy Historical Project

HMCS ROSTHERN K169

HMCS Rosthern K169

Source: Flickr photo collection of Ron Bell

 

Laid down: 18 Jun 1940

Launched: 30 Nov 1940

Commissioned: 17 Jun 1941

Paid off: 19 Jul 1945

Fate: Sold for scrap in Jun 1946 and broken up the same year

 

Built by Port Arthur Shipbuilding Co. Ltd, she was commissioned on 17 Jun 1941, at Montreal. Rosthern arrived at Halifax on 26 Jun 1941. She joined Newfoundland Command and left St. John's for Iceland on 07 Oct 1941 as ocean escort to convoy SC.48. She proceeded on to the Clyde, where mechanical defects kept her for two months, and arrived at Halifax on 28 Dec 1941 for further repairs, not resuming service until mid-Feb 1942. She left Argentia, Nfld., on 27 Feb 1942 with HX.177 for Londonderry, and was thereafter employed continuously on North Atlantic convoys until Jun 1944. In Apr 1942 she became a member of EG A-3, re-numbered C-5 in May. Rosthern took part in three major convoy battles: SC.100 (Sep 1942); ON.166 (Feb 1943); and SC.121 (Mar 1943). She left Londonderry for the last time on 27 May 1944, and on her return to Canada became a training ship at Halifax for navigation and ship-handling, attached at first to WLEF and then, from Dec 1944 onward, to Halifax Force. She carried out workups at Bermuda in Dec 1944 escorting HMCS Provider on the homeward trip. Rosthern had no long refits during the war, and never did have her fo'c's'le lengthened. Paid off on 19 Jul 1945, at Sorel, she was sold to Steel Co. of Canada, Hamilton, Ont., in Jun 1946 and broken up there the same year.

 

Commanding Officers

Lt Walter Russell, RCNR - 17 Jun 1941 - 20 Nov 1941

Cdr Paul Barbour Cross, RCNVR - 21 Nov 1941 - 24 Nov 1942

LCdr R.J.G. Johnson, RCNVR - 25 Nov 1942 - 17 Apr 1944 

Lt Sydney Reginald Phillips Annett, RCNVR - 18 Apr 1944 - 03 Nov 1944

A/LCdr R.F. Wilson, RCNVR - 04 Nov 1944 - 06 Apr 1945

Lt Dudley Raymond Smythies, RCNVR - 07 Apr 1945 - 19 Jul 1945

 

     In memory of those who have crossed the bar    

They shall not be forgotten

A-B

Bodiam, Donald Howard

1925-2014

 

 

 

 

G-H

Holinshead, Collyer Perry

1924-2007

Hutchinson, John Borrowman

1924-2012

 

 

 

I-J

Illingworth, Richard Drake

1922-2014

 

 

 

 

M-N

Mackisoc, Victor Ewart

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O-P

Ouellette, Edouard

____-2002

Peters, Kenneth Roberts

1925-2013

Poirier, Fernand Eugene

1920-2010

 

 

S-T

Stuart, James Duff

____-2002

Turner, Herbert Archibald

1925-2010

 

 

 

Y-Z

Yule, George Bruce

1924-2011

Zaphe, Gerald Gray

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Former Crew Members

Annett, Sydney Reginald Phillips, Slt, RCNVR - 24 Jul 1942 / Lt, RCNVR - 02 Feb 1943

 

Best, Douglas Wilson, Slt, RCNVR - 19 Mar 1945

 

Carnine, Grant Leroy, A/Lt, RCNVR - 14 May 1945

 

Conyers, Harold Elrod, Slt, RCNVR - 17 Jun 1941

 

Davidson, Craig - 1943

Eastern, Bill

 

Finlayson, John Norrison, Lt, RCNVR - 11 Apr 1943

 

Foster, Robert James, Ch/Skpr, RCNR - 17 Jun 1941

 

Lutes, Eric MacPherson, Slt, RCNVR - 15 Feb 1942

 

Morrison, William Robert, Lt, RCNVR - 17 Jun 1941

Rankin, John Carlton, Slt, RCNVR

 

Robertson, T. - Dec 1940

 

Russel, Walter, Lt, RCNR - 23 May 1941, (Stand by) CO / 17 Jun1941

 

Spence, Robert Beatty, Slt, RCNVR - 22 May 1943

 

Wilson, John (Tug) 

 

Photos and Documents

 

Links

Ship's company photos for HMCS Rosthern

 

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