River Class / Prestonian Class Frigate




Post wartime badge

HMCS Ste Therese 309 - Jun 1962

RCN Photo


Battle honours and awards:  Atlantic  1945



Laid down: 18 May 1943

Launched: 16 Oct 1943

Commissioned: 28 May 1944

Paid off: 22 Nov 1945

Re-commissioned: 22 Jan 1955

Paid off: 30 Jan 1967

Fate: Broken up in 1967


Built by Davie Shipbuilding & Repairing Co. Ltd., she was commissioned on 28 May 1944, at LÚvis. She arrived at Halifax early in Jul 1944 and, after preliminary workups in St. Margaret's Bay, proceeded to Bermuda to complete the process. Returning n mid-Aug 1944, Ste. Therese left Halifax in late Oct 1944 to join convoy HX.317 for passage to Londonderry. There she joined EG 25 and served with it in U.K. waters until Feb 1945, when she was re-assigned to EG 28, Halifax. She served locally with EG 28 until the end of the war, and on 22 Nov 1945 was paid off at Sydney and placed in reserve at Shelburne. She re-commissioned on 22 Jan 1955, after conversion to a Prestonian class ocean escort as served as a training vessel the remainder of her career.


1966-1967 - HMCS STE THERESE and HMCS NEW GLASGOW WERE tied up at Seward Defence Jetty. The equipment from both ships was being moth balled and stored ashore before they were anchored in harbour in the Black Squadron.


STE THERESE was paid off at Esquimalt on 30 Jan 1967. She was broken up in Japan that year.



Photos and Documents          Ship's company photos          The Ship's Bell


Crossing the Line -Equator - 10 Mar 1959



Commanding Officers


A/Cdr James Evelyn Mitchell, RCNVR - 28 May 1944 - 05 Jul 1945

A/LCdr Alexander Craig Campbell, RCNVR - 06 Jul 1945 - 04 Sep 1945

Lt J. Jackson, RCNVR - 05 Sep 1945 - 26 Sep 1945

Lt G.A. Macpherson, RCNVR - 27 Sep 1945 - 22 Nov 1945

LCdr William Frances Potter, RCN - 22 Jan 1955 - 03 June 1956

LCdr Philip John Pratley, RCN - 04 Jun 1956 - 12 Jan 1958

LCdr Aubrey Ravening Pickels, RCN - 13 Jan 1958 - 25 Apr 1958

LCdr John Burleigh Chapleau Carling, RCN - 24 Jan 1959 - 17 Aug 1960

LCdr A.G. Murray, RCN - 18 Aug 1960 - 16 Aug 1962

LCdr Michael Arthur (Mike) Martin, RCN - 17 Aug 1962 - 02 May 1963

LCdr Peter Gerald May, RCN - 03 May 1963 - unk

LCdr Keith Murray Young, RCN - 30 Oct 1964 - 14 Sep 1965

LCdr Pierre Edouard Gerard Simard, RCN - 15 Sep 1965 - 30 Jan 1967 (OIC)



     In memory of those who have crossed the bar    

They shall not be forgotten


Anderson, Norman G.A.

Bates, Alan W.

Bernuy, Jacques A.

Burck, David

Cameron, Joseph K.

Campbell, William R.

Carver, Robert J.

Clark, Donald S.

Clark, George

Clarkson, Henry L.

Cluff, Charles T.

Crawford, Galered G.

Curry, Walter

Dale, T. Leslie

Day, Alfred D. J.

Downs, Steve

Eastick, David C.

Ebner, Ernest F.

Emberly, William G.

Emberton, Ivor

Etherington, Jack E.

Fahey, Robert G.

Fell, Lloyd A.

Fenwick, Charles W.

Finley, William E.

Fox-Decent, Norman

Fraser, Robert N.

Gallo, Mike

Good, Jack W.

Goodbrandson, Siggi

Grainger, Robert K.

Hall, Gordon F.

Harwood, John

Hawrysh, Frederick J.

Hayley, Al

Hennis, John

Hill, Peter E.

Hodgkins, Frederick W.

Johnson, Kenneth E.

Joyce, Kenneth J. F.

Kahler, Lawrence J.

Kazmiruk, George D.

Kedrosky, Francis J.

Kelbough, Kenneth M.

Kirby, Richmond H.

Kostiuk, Bohdan J. P.

Kovits, William C.

Kutzner, Eric H.

Lambert, Ronald G. P.

Larone, Ronald T.

Leeming, Matthew R.

Logie, Robert D.

Mackie, William A.

Martin, Charles R.

Martin, Michael A.

McArdle, Christopher C.

McComb, G. E. Chris

McLeod, Frank T.

McNair, William

Meadmore, William J.

Miller, David D.

Nute, Darrel E.

Orrick, Robert C.

Parsons, Harvey

Pesclevich, Thomas W.

Pickels, Aubrey R.

Porter, Henry T.

Prokopow, Thomas K.

Roberts, Joseph A.

Roggeveen, Paul A.

Rumberger, Donald T.

Sauder, Wilton H.

Schauer, Ralph

Schuckburgh, Trevor C.

Scougal, Gordon J.

Seager, R. George

Seibel, Arthur J.

Sexsmith, John R.

Simard, Pierre E.G.

Southin, Howard E.

Stenson, Allan E.

Stuart, George E.

Tyre, James A.

Usher, Ewart S.

Vergouwen, Peter J.

Walter, John R. T.

Wareham, Earle A.

Wright, David L.

Young, Keith M.

Young, Ronald M.

Zabrick, Demetro







Former Crew Members


Ball, Darrell Allan, SLt, RCNVR - 10 Apr 1944 (Stand by) / 28 May 1944


Berbeck, Robert, Jan 1961 - Sep 1962


Bradley, Richard Stewart, SLt, RCNVR - 23 Apr 1945


Coombes, Robert Arthur, Lt (E), RCNVR - 14 Mar 1944 / 28 May 1944


Fowler, William Horace, Lt, RCNVR - 28 Apr 1944


Fraser, John Newby, Lt, RCNVR - 20 Mar 1944 / 28 May 1944

Kerr, Henry Kirby, SLt (E), RCNVR - 24 Jun 1944


Martin, Charles Raymond, Lt, RCNVR - 28 May 1944


Martin, John Abarbanell, Lt, RCNVR - 14 May 1944 / 28 May 1944


Mitchell, James Evelyn, LCdr, RCNVR - 02 Apr 1945


Montgomer, Richard Alan, Lt (El) (R), RCNVR - 14 Mar 1945

Pendergast, Walter Frederick, Lt, RCNVR  - 21 Feb 1945


Rutherford, Robert (Bob), Lt, RCN, NavO - May 1965 - Aug 1965


Stew, George E., Signalman


Todd, Clarke, Slt, RCNVR - 10 Apr 1944 / 28 May 1944



Photos and Documents




RCN Photos # HS-0753-1R and HS-0753-2R respectively

Censor stamp dated 18 Oct 1944

Courtesy of Sue Peters

HMCS Ste Therese K336 - WW2 jacket patch

From the collection of William Finley

Courtesy of Shawn MacGuire

A cold day at sea on board HMCS Ste Therese K366 - 1945

L-R:  Moore, Whalley, Evans, Glover

From the collection of David E. Glover, LS, RCN

Courtesy of David Glover

6 Mess, HMCS Ste Therese K366 - 1944


Click here to see a copy of the photo with the crew numbered


(1) Thiffault, L.  (2) Partington, G.  (3) Nisbett  (4) Blundy, P.  (5) French

(6) Jessup  (7) Bell, G., LS  (8) Hooper  (9) Good, N.  (10) Duckworth, T.  (11) Glover, G .


From the collection of David E. Glover, LS, RCN

Courtesy of David Glover


Sailors on the quarterdeck of HMCS STE THERESE K366


Click here to see a copy of the photo with the crew numbered


(1) Red Fraser (Hamilton, ON)  (2) Don Rumberger (Senlac, SK)  (3) Bill Whalley (Ottawa, ON)  (4) Chuck Marshall (Ottawa, ON)  (5) Spud Ross (PEI)  (6) George Wilkin  (7) Slim Elliot  (8) Moose McKenzie (Toronto)  (9) Ron Brooks (Toronto)


From the collection of Don Rumberger, RCNVR



---  2nd Commission as a Prestonian Class Frigate  ---


HMCS STE THERESE 309 - undated


DND / RCN photo

HMCS Ste Therese - 27 Oct 1956

Photographer Walter E. Frost

City of Vancouver Archives

Crossing the Line Ceremony - HMCS Ste Therese 309 - 10 Mar 1959




Courtesy of Nigel Whiteley, LCdr, RCN, Ret'd

HMCS Ste Therese - 09 May 1959

Photographer Walter E. Frost

City of Vancouver Archives

The boys of Ste. Therese at Fort Derussy, Honolulu

Courtesy of Jim Dobell








(SH179) HMCS STE THERESE at the Seward Defence Jetty circa 1966 - 1967. All the equipment from the ship was being moth balled and stored ashore before they were anchored in harbour in the Black Squadron.


From the collection of Steve Hlasny,CPO2.LT