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HMCS GUELPH (Patrols Depot, Halifax)


HMCS Stadacona

IWM Photo CN-3275

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Commissioned: 13 Aug 1915

Designated: HMCS GUELPH 01 May 1918

Paid off: 31 Mar 1920 at Esquimalt, BC

Fate: Burned for salvage in Jan 1948


Originally named Columbia, this large yacht was purchased from her New York owner and commissioned on 13 Aug 1915, for patrol duty out of Halifax. She was also for a time flagship at Halifax of Vice-Admiral Sir Charles Kingsmill. Early in 1919, Stadacona was sent round to the west coast and, after brief service as a dispatch vessel, paid off 31 Mar 1920. After a few years' employment as a fisheries patrol and hydrographic survey vessel, she was sold in 1924 to Central American Shipping of Vancouver and later sold to Ocean Salvage Co., owner Joseph W. Hobbs. She then achieved a degree of notoriety as a rumrunner's ship under the name Kuyakuzmt. In 1929 she was rebuilt at Vancouver and once again became a yacht, successively named Lady Stimson and moonlight Maid. In 1941 she became a towboat, and served the U.S. government as such for a time in 1942. She was burned for salvage at Seattle in Jan 1948.


Photos and Documents


Commanding Officers

LCdr Russell Adolph Barber, RNR - 01 Mar 1916 - unk

LCdr Russell Adolph Barber, RNR - 01 May 1918 - unk



     In memory of those who made the ultimate sacrifice    

     Lest We Forget     


CLEVELAND, George Cecil

Bos'n, RCN

killed - 06 Dec 1917

HOWARD, William M.


died - 17 Dec 1916



     In memory of those who have crossed the bar    

They shall not be forgotten


Agnew, Ronald Ian


Amos, Edward Augustus


Drafted to Stadacona 30 Jul 1919 & 01 May 1918 as Mate, RNCVR

Bannatyne, Ninian

Barber, Russell Adolph


Commanding Officer

01 Mar 1916 and 01 May 1918

Betts, Wallace Havelock


Served in Stadacona as Add'l for Hydrophone instruction

Bradbrook, Walter William


Drafted to Stadacona 01 May 1918 as Bos'n, RCN

Burney, Henry D.


Drafted to Stadacona 01 May 1918 as W/T 4c, RNCVR





Crawford, Alexander Cree


Drafted to Stadacona 30 Jul 1917 & 01 May 1918 as Mate, RNCVR

Edwards, John C.I.





Gilmour, John


Drafted to Stadacona 01 May 1918 as Slt, RNCVR, NavO

Hassell, William George


Drafted to Stadacona 16 Feb 1918 and 01 May 1918 as W/T 2c, RNCVR

Hose, Walter




Jones, Lewis Stevens


Drafted to Stadacona on 16 May 1917 and 01 May 1918 as Ch/Art (E), RCN






Kennedy, Richmond Renforth


Drafted to Stadacona 02 Feb 1918 and 01 May 1918 as Mate, RNCVR






Matthews, Harold Edward


Moor, Herbert Hutchison


Drafted to Stadacona 03 May 1917 as W. Op 4th Cl, RNCVR





Stradder, Fred O.


Drafted to Stadacona 01 May 1918 as W/T 4c, RNCVR






Photos and Documents


HMCS Stadacona (foreground) with HMCS Niobe on the far right.

Source: George Metcalf Archival Collection

CWM 20080060-001_28c

Courtesy of the Canadian War Museum

HMCS Stadacona

Article on HMCS THIEPVAL, HMCS GIVENCHY, HMCS ARMENTIERES and HMCS STADACONA transiting from Halifax to Esquimalt.  THIEPVAL arrived safely in Esquimalt, while ARMENTIERES and GIVENCHY had to escort / tow STADACONA to San Francisco after she lost her rudder in a storm


The Daily Colonist, Victoria, BC, Saturday 24 May 1919


Courtesy of Dwight Farrell