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HMCS SHEARWATER K02

(HMCS SHEARWATER II)

Former HMS SHEARWATER

Then Merchant Ship VEDAS

HMS Shearwater

Source / Credit: Corvus Publishing

 

Laid down: 1899

Launched: 10 Feb 1900

Commissioned: 1900

Paid off: 1914

Transferred to RCN: 1914

Commissioned: 8 Sep 1914

Paid off: 13 Jun 1919

Fate: Unknown

 

Stationed at Esquimalt, the sloops HMS Shearwater and HMS Algerine were, in 1914, the last remnants of the vanished RN Pacific Squadron. Shearwater's two 4-inch guns were put ashore to defend Seymour Narrows when the First World War broke out, and her crew was sent to Halifax to man HMCS Niobe. The Admiralty agreed to lend Shearwater to the RCN, and on 08 Sep 1914, she was commissioned as HMCS Shearwater, a tender to the newly acquired submarines CC1 and CC2. On 21 Jun 1917, HMCS Shearwater, with CC1 and CC2, sailed from Esquimalt via the Panama Canal to Halifax. On 03 Jul 1917 they arrived in Seattle and were invited, along with the crews of CC1 and CC2, to lead the Seattle Independence day Parade on 04 Jul 1917. She was paid off 13 Jun 1919, and in 1924 sold into mercantile hands and renamed Vedas. Her register was closed in 1937.

 

Commanding Officers

LCdr Bertram Edward Jones, RCN 

 

 

     In memory of those who have crossed the bar    

They shall not be forgotten

A-B

Appleton, Llewellyn Walter

1901-1985

Served in Shearwater as a Boy Sailor, RNCVR 13 Nov 1917 - 19 Jul 1918 and 13 Aug 1918 - 19 Aug 1918

Atcherely, John

1865-1940

Served in Shearwater 1915-1918 as Medical Officer, RNCVR

Birley, Yvon

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Drafted to Shearwater 19 Apr 1916 as Slt, RCN

Bissett, Aubrey Allison

1901-____

Served in Shearwater for her transit from Esquimalt to Halifax in 1917.

Bissett, Clarence

____-____

Drafted to Shearwater 18 Jun 1918 as Head Schoolmaster, RCN

Byrne, Harold John

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Drafted to Shearwater 1918 as Art (E), RN

 

 

 

 

C-D

 

Cox, James Ernest

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Served in Shearwater 1914-1918 as Gunner, RN, Gunnery Officer

 

 

 

 

E-F

Edwards, George Hamilton Scandrett

____-____

Drafted to Shearwater 27 Jul 1915 as Lt, RNCVR

 

 

 

 

G-H

German, Phillip Barry

____-1981

Served in Shearwater 1917-1918 as Lt, RCN

Hickman, Frank Devereux

____-____

Drafted to Shearwater 28 Jul 1915 as A/Slt, RNCVR

 

 

 

I-J

Jellet, Herbert St. Clair

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Drafted to Shearwater 18 Jun 1917 as Mate, RNCVR

Jones, Bertram Edward

____-1975

Served in Shearwater as CO from 1914 - 1919. Also CO Sub flotilla 1915-1919.

 

 

 

K-L

Lake, Geoffrey

____-1918

Served in Shearwater for training voyage to Bermuda in 1917

 

 

 

 

M-N

McDonald, William Robert

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Drafted to Shearwater as Lt, RNCVR

Milman, Henry August

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Drafted to Shearwater as A/Paym, RN

 

 

 

Q-R

Ray, Malcolm Philip

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Drafted to Shearwater 19 Jun 1917 as A/St/Paym, RNCVR

Roberts, Douglas Coulston

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Drafted to Shearwater 28 Jul 1915 as A/Slt, RNCVR

 

 

 

S-T

Thomas, Arthur Francis

____-____

Drafted to Shearwater 16 Jun 1916 as Lt(N)

 

 

 

 

W-X

 

Walker, Wilfred Tyrrel

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William, James

1886-1955

Winsloe, Richard Edmond

____-____

Drafted to Shearwater 28 Jul 1915 as A/Slt, RNCVR

Wurtele, Alfred Charles

1897-2000

Served in Shearwater in 1917

 

 

 

Photos and Documents

 

Links

Personal photo gallery for Llewellyn Appleton

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