For Posterity's Sake         

A Royal Canadian Navy Historical Project


HMCS Sans Peur


Launched: 1933

Commissioned: 05 Mar 1940

Paid off: 31 Jan 1947

Fate: Last reported in use in Japan in 1975. Final disposition unknown


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.


Photos and Documents          HMCS Sans Peur Refit and Role


Commanding Officers

A/LCdr William Charles Halliday, RCNR - 23 Oct 1939 - unk

A/LCdr William Charles Halliday, RCNR - 01 Feb 1940 - unk

LCdr Thomas MacDuff, RCN - 04 Jun 1942 - 14 May 1943

LCdr Walter Redford, RCNVR - 15 May 1943 - 09 Jan 1944

LCdr Hugh Sinclair MacFarlane, RCNR - 10 Jan 1944 - 04 Nov 1945

Skpr/Lt Paul Perrault, RCNR - 26 Feb 1946 - unk

Lt David Llewellyn (Tuffy) MacKnight, RCN - 22 Jul 1946 - 31 Jan 1947


     In memory of those who have crossed the bar    

They shall not be forgotten


Barrett, Arthur E.

Bell, Daniel


Bell, James Duncan


Bielby, John W.

Bing, John Blythe


Brissenden, Barry S.

Burwash, Raymond Douglas






Coady, Francis E.M.

Dohm, William N.





Ferguson, William Irwin


Drafted to Sans Peur 21 May 1940 as A/Lt, RCNVR






Hawkshaw, Cedric Merton


Howarth, William





MacFarlane, George Richard


MacKnight, David L.

Myers, Stanley M.

Paton, Ollie J.

Payne, Albert James



George John Sedgwick


Sturch, Douglas Haig






Wazne, Michael

Wilson, Joseph Frank






Former Crew Members

Carmichael, Angus Hector, Ch/Skpr - Jan 1944


Darcus, Solomon Lionel, Skpr, RCNR - Jan 1942


Douglas, Ian, Lt, RCNVR - 14 Apr 1943


Fairbanks, James Oxley, Lt, RCNVR - 23 Apr 1943


Hart, William, War (E), RCNR - 16 Feb 1942


Irving, George Harrison, Slt, RCNVR - 18 Mar 1944


Isnor, John William, Skpr, RCNR - 24 Feb 1941

Kuypers, Leonard, Lt (E), RCNVR - 27 Jan 1941


Matheos, James 


McCandless, George Bartlett, Ch/Skpr, RCNR - 04 Jun 1941


McKeever, Archibald, Lt, RCNVR - 19 Jun 1942


McNair, Cedric Charles, Midshipman, RCNR - 05 Feb 1940


Piers, Charles Robert Fitzmaurice, LCdr, RCNVR - 01 Jun 1940

Sardine, William Stanley, Wt (E), RCN(R) - 18 Jul 1946


Tangye, Walter Addy, A/Lt(E), RCNVR - 19 Jul 1945


Tower, Wylie, Ch/Skpr, RCNR - 09 Mar 1944


Watt, George, Slt, RCNVR - 04 May 1942


Williams, Gordon Llewellyn, Lt, RCN(R) - 19 Jul 1946


Wright, John Allan, Lt, RCNVR - Jan 1942


Young, Earl Blyth, Slt, RCNVR - 05 Apr 1943


Photos and Documents


HMCS Sans Peur, Esquimalt, BC

From the collection of Jim Silvester

Courtesy of Jim Silvester

Jack Sedgwick in the wheelhouse of HMCS Sans Peur

From the collection of George (Jack) Sedgwick

Courtesy of Jim Sedgwick 

Jack Sedgwick (2nd from right - looking at camera) - other sailors unknown - on HMCS Sans Peur

From the collection of George (Jack) Sedgwick

Courtesy of Jim Sedgwick 

HMCS Sans Peur

From the collection of Jim Silvester

Courtesy of Jim Silvester

HMCS Sans Peur

Super Yacht Trenora

Source: Super Yacht News

HMCS Sans Peur - For Sale

Source: Maritime History of the Great Lakes