For Posterity's Sake         

A Royal Canadian Navy Historical Project


Then depot Ship SACKVILLE (1950)

Then CNAV SACKVILLE 532 (1953)


Then HMCS SACKVILLE K181 (1983)

HMCS Sackville K181after being restored to her wartime configuration by The Maritime Museum of the Atlantic


Laid Down: 28 May 1940

Launched 15 May 1941 at Saint John, NB

Commissioned: 30 Dec 1941

Paid off: 08 Apr 1946

Re-commissioned: 04 Aug 1950 (as a depot ship)

Re-classed: 1953 as CNAV (later CFAV)

Fate: Paid off and transferred to The Maritime Museum of the Atlantic in 1983 to be restored to her wartime configuration.


Built by Saint John Dry Dock & Shipbuilding Co. Ltd., Saint John, NB, she was launched on 15 May 1941. Commissioned on 30 Dec 1941, at Saint John, N.B., Sackville arrived at Halifax on 12 Jan 1942. She joined NEF after working up, and on 26 May 1942 left St. John's to escort HX.191 as part of the newly formed EG C-3. In Apr 1943, she transferred to C-1, and in Sep 1943 briefly joined EG 9 in support of the beleaguered combined convoy ONS.18 / ON.202, which lost six merchant vessels and three escorts. In Oct 1943 Sackville transferred to C-2 for the balance of her war career. She underwent two major refits: at Liverpool, N.S., and Halifax, from 14 Jan to 02 May 1943; and at Galveston, Texas, from late Feb to 07 May 1944, when her fo'c's'le was extended. Upon her return from working up in Bermuda, in Jun 1944, she made a crossing to Londonderry. Soon after leaving for the westward journey she split a boiler and had to return to 'Derry for repairs. She left again on 11 Aug 1944, to limp home as escort to ONS.248, refitted at Halifax and, in Sep 1944, briefly became a training ship at HMCS Kings. In Oct 1944 she began, at Halifax, refit and reconstruction to a loop-laying vessel, and work was still in progress by VE-Day. The ship was paid off on 08 Apr 1946, but re-commissioned 04 Aug 1950, as depot ship, reserve fleet. She was refitted in 1950 but remained inactive until 1953, when, as a Canadian Naval Auxiliary Vessel (CNAV), she began a survey of the Gulf of St. Lawrence that was to last several years. She also carried out a number of cruises to the Baffin Island-Greenland area. Extensive modification in 1968 reflected Sackville's new status as a research vessel, and she is currently operated by the Department of National defence on behalf of the Bedford Institute of Oceanography. In 1983, as the sole surviving corvette, she was transferred to the Canadian Naval Corvette Trust (now Canadian Naval Memorial Trust) and restored to her wartime appearance.


Commanding Officers

Lt William Reid Kirkland, RCNR - 30 Dec 1941 - 05 Apr 1942

Lt Alan Herbert Easton, DSC, RCNR - 06 Apr 1942 - 09 Apr 1943

A/LCdr Angus Hetherington Rankin, RCNVR - 10 Apr 1943 - 17 May 1944

Lt Anthony Rivers Hicks, RCNVR - 18 May 1944 - 17 Sep 1944

Lt C.C. Love, RCNVR - 18 Sep 1944 - 05 Nov 1944

Lt John Alfred McKenna, RCNVR - 06 Nov 1944 - 08 Apr 1946


     In memory of those who made the ultimate sacrifice    

     Lest We Forget     


- Book of Remembrance entry     - Grave or burial information

CARTWRIGHT, Gordon David

AB, V/24087, RCNVR

MPK -14 Oct 1942 


     In memory of those who have crossed the bar    

They shall not be forgotten


Alward, Calvin James


Andrews, William Lorne


Atherley, James Joseph


Blain, James


Byatt, Archie


Served in Sackville in 1942

Byers, Kenneth







Campbell, Emile


Canning, Kevin Michael


Clow, Claude


Cox, Peter S.


Darling, David



Easton, Alan Herbert







Garceau, Paul


Gregoroschuk, Dan


Harris, John F.


Hirtle, Richard Daniel




King, John Lloyd MacKenzie







MacDonald, Frank Joseph


Margison, John Eric


Medford, Kenneth Alleyne


Served in Sackville 06 Apr 1942 - 03 Mar 1943 as A/LS Layer Rating 3rd class, RCNVR

Morris, Ashley Harl


Murray, Arthur William


Drafted to Sackville on 26 Apr 1944 as Lt, RCNVR


Olsen, John Hans


Osburn, Anthony George


Drafted to Sackville 06 Apr 1942 as Lt, RCNVR, XO

Patterson, Roy





Rolland, Joseph W.


Round, Gilbert






Savas, James Diamond


Sawchuk, William


Stone, George Alfred




Ship's Mascots








Former Crew Members

Aickens, Cliff, SBA - 1942


Binmore, David Armstrong, Lt, RCNVR - 16 Jun 1943


Brinacomb, Gordon


Carruthers, Colin Mackenzie, Lt, RCNVR - 06 Apr 1942


Chapman, Neil Henley, Slt, RCNVR - 06 Apr 1942


Geldard, Alf


Graham, George Keith

Hartman, Larry


Hickox, Jack, Leading Hand - 1942


Jollife, William Ernest, Lt, RCNVR - Jan 1943


Jones, William Howard, Lt (El), RCNVR - 05 Mar 1945


Kent, William Gerald, Ch/Skpr, RCNR - 06 Apr 1942


Onions, Patrick, AB, RCNVR


Ransom, Claude - 1942

Saunders, George - 1942


Schmeisser, Chester James, Lt, RCNVR - 23 Feb 1945 NavO


Steele, Jim - 1942


Stevenson, Jim - 1942


Tyler, Peter Jeffrey, A/Lt, RCNVR - 22 May 1944


Wheatley, Clifford Astley, Slt, RCNVR - 26 Jan 1943


Wilcox, Jack - 1942



Photos and Documents



Canadian Naval Memorial Trust & HMCS Sackville

HMCS Sackville on Twitter

My Life Aboard HMCS Sackville - by Patrick Onions A/B RCNVR Ret.

Personal photo gallery of Anthony George Osburn

Personal photo gallery of Larry Hartman

WW II veteran Larry Hartman visits HMCS Sackville 71 years later