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HMCS SACKVILLE K181

Then depot Ship SACKVILLE (1950)

Then CNAV SACKVILLE 532 (1953)

Then CFAV SACKVILLE 113

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

A-B

Alward, Calvin James

1923-2017

Andrews, William Lorne

1927-2016

Atherley, James Joseph

1920-2008

Blain, James

1920-2007

Byatt, Archie

1920-2017

Served in Sackville in 1942

Byers, Kenneth

____-2010

 

 

 

 

C-D

Campbell, Emile

____-2011

Canning, Kevin Michael

1930-2012

Clow, Claude

____-2009

Cox, Peter S.

1921-2014

Darling, David

____-2006

E-F

Easton, Alan Herbert

1902-2001

 

 

 

 

G-H

Garceau, Paul

____-2005

Gregoroschuk, Dan

____-____

Harris, John F.

1919-2011

Hirtle, Richard Daniel

1920-2013

 

K-L

King, John Lloyd MacKenzie

1919-2017

 

 

 

 

M-N

MacDonald, Frank Joseph

1914-2006

Margison, John Eric

____-2010

Medford, Kenneth Alleyne

1917-2010

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

Morris, Ashley Harl

1918-2007

Murray, Arthur William

1920-2014

Drafted to Sackville on 26 Apr 1944 as Lt, RCNVR

O-P

Olsen, John Hans

____-____

Osburn, Anthony George

____-2003

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

Patterson, Roy

1925-2015

 

 

Q-R

Rolland, Joseph W.

1921-2011

Round, Gilbert

____-2003

 

 

 

S-T

Savas, James Diamond

1922-2008

Sawchuk, William

____-2010

Stone, George Alfred

1921-2007

 

 

Ship's Mascots

Corky

____-____

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

Links

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

 

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