For Posterity's Sake         

A Royal Canadian Navy Historical Project


Then CCG Weather Ship STONETOWN (1950)

HMCS Stone Town K531

Source: St. Mary's Museum Photo Collection


Battle honours and awards:  Atlantic  1944-45



Laid down: 17 Nov 1943

Launched: 28 Mar 1944

Commissioned: 21 Jul 1944

Paid off: 13 Nov 1945

Transferred to Dept. of Transport: 1950

Commissioned: as Weather ship CGS Stonetown

Paid off: Oct 1957

Fate: Sold for commercial use. Final disposition unknown


Commissioned at Montreal on 21 Jul 1944, Stone Town arrived at Halifax on 13 Aug 1944, and on 03 Sep 1944 commenced a month's workups in Bermuda. On her return to Canada she was assigned to newly formed EG C-8 as Senior Officer's ship, and spent the balance of the war as a mid-ocean escort. She sailed from Londonderry on 12 May 1945, as escort to convoy ONS.50 on her way home, and on 22 Jul 1945 commenced tropicalization refit at Lunenburg. Work was stopped on 24 Aug 1945 and the ship was paid off on 13 Nov 1945 at Lunenburg, to be laid up in reserve at Shelburne. Sold to the Department of Transport for a weather ship, she was modified for the purpose at Halifax in 1950, and sailed that Oct 1950 for Esquimalt. In Oct 1957, after 15 years on station in the North Pacific, she was replaced by CGS Quadra and sold in 1968 to a Vancouver buyer, purportedly for conversion to a fish factory ship.


Commanding Officers

LCdr William Purves Moffat, RCNVR - 21 Jul 1944 - 20 Apr 1945

A/LCdr John Trumbell Band, RCNVR - 21 Apr 1945 - 19 Aug 1945

LCdr G.M. Kaizer, RCNR - 20 Aug 1945 - 13 Nov 1945


     In memory of those who made the ultimate sacrifice    

     Lest We Forget     


- Book of Remembrance entry     - Grave or burial information

HARDY, Sydney Arthur

OS, V70922, RCNVR

died - 21 Dec 1944 


     In memory of those who have crossed the bar    

They shall not be forgotten


Allen, Weldon Warren


Band, John Trumbell


2nd Commanding Officer

Bridgman, Arthur Graham


Drafted to Stone Town K531 on 05 May 1944 as Lt (E), RCNVR, Stand by. Commissioning crew as Lt (E), RCNVR




Campbell, John Cheshel 


Drafted to Stone Town on 15 Jun 44 as A/Lt, RCNVR (Stand by). Commissioning crew as A/Lt, RCNVR

Clark, Welbourne Thomas


Clayton, Victor Edward


Dunbar, Charles Irvine


Dunlop, Byron



Mole, John


Musser, Lawrence






Pettick, Joseph







Shuttleworth, Leonard Martin


Sutton, Clare






Wilson, Leonard Walter







Former Crew Members

Bradley, Vermoid


Desjardine, (??)


Guite, Jean Paul, Lt, RCNVR - 06 Jun 1945


Hannan, Jack


Johnson, (??)


Johnston, Robert Winchan Squire, Lt, RCNVR - 05 Jun 1944 (Stand by). Commissioning crew as Lt, RCNVR


Kinsman, Frederick Blenkhorn, Lt, RCNVR 28 Jun 1944 (Stand by). Commissioning crew as Lt, RCNVR

LaTouche, David Charles Patrick, Lt, RCNVR - 31 Jan 1945


Major, Desmond


McDowell, Samuel John, War (E), RCNVR - 31 Jan 1945


McGaffin, (??)


Moffat, William Purves, A/LCdr, RCNVR - 05 Jun 1944 (Stand by)


Moxley, Walter Ralph, Slt, RCNVR - 28 Jun 1944 (Stand by). Commissioning crew as Slt, RCNVR


Nimens, (??)

Patrick, Peter


Scully, Hugh Ballard, Lt, RCNVR - 28 Jun 1944 (Stand by). Commissioning crew as Lt, RCNVR


Simon, Richard Arthur, Slt, RCNVR - 19 Jun 1944 (Stand by). Commissioning crew as Slt, RCNVR


Stark, Ray


Taylor, John Francis, Cd/Tel, RCN - 31 Jan 1945


Wainman-Wood, Thomas Blake Burrill, Lt, RCNVR - 29 Jan 1945


Werenka, (??)



Photos and Documents





HMCS Stone Town memories set sail on Canada Day