For Posterity's Sake
A Royal Canadian Navy Historical Project
HMCS SANS PEUR Z02 / Z52
In 1933 this luxury yacht was built as the Trenora by John I. Thorneycroft & Co. Ltd., Southampton UK for a British surgeon, Dr. Ernest G. Stanley. She was sold to the Duke of Sutherland, who renamed her as San Peur, was an investor in British Columbia owning Sutherland Canadian Lands Co. and he had been a Commander RNR during the First World War serving in Motor Launches. The yacht was cruising in California waters at the outbreak of the war. She was laid up temporarily when the Duke returned to the UK to assume wartime duties. The yacht was under the authority of the Admiralty, but was berthed in Esquimalt Harbour. She was requisitioned in 1939 at Esquimalt and commissioned for patrol service on 05 Mar 1940. From May 1942, Sans Peur served the dual function of patrol vessel and training vessel, but after Nov 1942 was used for training alone. Originally chartered, the ship was purchased in 1943. Following an extensive refit at Esquimalt, she left on 24 Jan 1944 for Halifax, arriving late in Feb 1944. In Mar 1945 she was sent to HMCS Cornwallis, where she carried out A/S training in conjunction with RN submarines, and after Feb 1946, she was a training ship at Halifax. Paid off on 31 Jan 1947, she was sold to Maple Leaf Steamships of Montreal, but on resale the following year she reverted, under Panamanian flag, to her original name, Trenona. Later refitted by her builders at Southampton, she resumed her career as a yacht for Italian owners, but by 1975 was in use as VIP accommodation at Okinawa, Japan.
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